Headlight Upgrade Question & Suggestions - Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 11
Question Headlight Upgrade Question & Suggestions

I am wanting to upgrade my H4 hi/lo headlight and H3 driving lights to HID on my 2002 V-Star 1100 Classic. What are the best kits for this application?

I just assisted my father-in-law in upgrading his headlights to HID on his Honda Goldwing. When we upgraded them we also installed a low beam cut out so the low beams will only come on after the bike has been started. This is intended to lengthen the life of the HID lights. Does anyone know where I can get a similar product for my V-Star? His added a relay between the low beam relay and the oil pressure sending unit.

Any help would be appreciated.
gijoshua is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 05:54 PM
Super Moderator
 
bevo1981's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 12,992
i got a HID kit from DDM Tuning for about $50. after a year and a half, still very pleased with the product. here's an install video i made for it. i hear there has been an improvement in the design since then so the new units may not have the same problem that i had to deal with.


on a steel horse I ride
i create motorcycle videos. check them out here

bevo1981 is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 11
Do you know how large the ballasts are? I'm trying to figure out if they will fit in the buckets of my driving lights.

Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
gijoshua is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 12:03 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 570
Not in USA right now, but going off of memory my ddm slim ballasts were slightly bigger than a credit card and about half an inch thick, maybe a little more... I don't think they would fit

My h4 hi/lo from ddm worked great for about a year and a half until the hi/lo part of the harness took a crap..didn't bother fixing and just used stock halogens.. but my 2 sets I had in my last car worked great for the ~2.5 years I had em in there

2013 H-D FXS Blackline
2006 V-Star 1100 Classic
1980 XS650 Bob (in progress)
1981 XS650

USMC - 0331 - OEF

Last edited by BP03; 01-06-2014 at 12:10 PM.
BP03 is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 05:26 PM
Super Moderator
 
bevo1981's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 12,992
Quote:
Originally Posted by gijoshua View Post
Do you know how large the ballasts are? I'm trying to figure out if they will fit in the buckets of my driving lights.

Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
the ballast wouldn't fit in my bucket with all of the other wiring in there, as you can see in my video. so i jb welded it to the frame. it's about the size of a wallet.

on a steel horse I ride
i create motorcycle videos. check them out here

bevo1981 is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 07:29 PM
Senior Member
 
Old V Star Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Rock Falls, IL
Posts: 890
Garage
Great video Bevo. Thanks for all the work you put into it. Very professional job and great installation music.
Old V Star Man is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-08-2014, 06:52 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: SE Wisc
Posts: 115
Here's a suggestion for your headlight;
Check out CREE LED H4 headlight bulbs EC - LED Headlight Bulb - H4 High/Low
HipGnosis is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 04:59 PM
Member
 
canada_rokzz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by bevo1981 View Post
the ballast wouldn't fit in my bucket with all of the other wiring in there, as you can see in my video. so i jb welded it to the frame. it's about the size of a wallet.
Does the single bulb do High and Low beam?

'04 1100 Custom
Pod Kit
Cobra Speedster Longs
Electra Glide Fairing
My Photobucket
canada_rokzz is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 11
There was a hi/low option I saw

Sent from Motorcycle.com Free App
gijoshua is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 10:50 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Okeene, OK
Posts: 14
If going to HID and wanting the highest light output, I'd go with HID Projectors. If you are going to spend the money on HID headlights, might aswell get the most light output as possible. But I guess this depends on if you want to go all the way or not.

I know alot of people on here are mentioning DDM Tuning, but I have done ALOT of research lately on HID's. I'd personally go with The Retrofit Source. They do cost a bit more, but you get what you pay for. Their Customer Service, Quality and Options are TOP NOTCH! Oh yeah, don't forget the warranty! It's a 5 year warranty! DDM's "Lifetime" warranty has so many conditions. They only replace your product if it has defects among many other conditions.
I have researched the best brands and company to get them from and The Retrofit Source was hands down the best I found on the internet. I considered DDM Tuning, though, but with everything I mentioned above, TRS is the best.

In regards to HID's, our headlight housings are Halogen. Meaning that putting HID's in a Haolgen housing, doesn't get you the best light output. In order to get the best light output for what the HID's are meant for, you need Projectors. Check out this How-To link to do HID Projectors:
https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums...ad.php?t=27441

This gives you the true HID light output. It doesn't blind oncoming traffic as it has a light beam cutoff on your low-beams where it has a lower cut off towards the left side for oncoming traffic and projects it out so much farther than Halogen headlights and HID headlights in Halogen housings. I already purchased a kit from them for my Nissan Armada. I have the Morimoto 5Five 50w ballasts with the 6000k bulb.

Here is the Stage I Motorcycle Kit
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...roducts_id=927

Here is the Stage II Motorcycle Kit:
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...ducts_id=56492

I am doing this as soon as I replace my clutch plates.

All of these pictures here are from a motorcycle except the 3rd & 4th picture
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	gt-projector-low-high.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	24.3 KB
ID:	22705   Click image for larger version

Name:	h6024-projector-headlight-low-high-function-275.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	8.7 KB
ID:	22713   Click image for larger version

Name:	LB047-Headlight-HID-Projector-2G-LowBeam.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	57.1 KB
ID:	22721   Click image for larger version

Name:	06-EvoXRCutoff.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	25.2 KB
ID:	22729   Click image for larger version

Name:	images.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	6.5 KB
ID:	22785  


Last edited by 145mphTexas1300; 01-10-2014 at 11:30 PM.
145mphTexas1300 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Star Motorcycle Forums: Star Raider, V-Max, V-Star, Road-Star Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome