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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.
 

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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.

 

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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
 

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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.

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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.
 

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Great video Bevo. Thanks for all the work you put into it. Very professional job and great installation music.
 

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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:
http://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/showthread.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/product_info.php?products_id=927

Here is the Stage II Motorcycle Kit:
http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?products_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
 

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Here are a few more HID Projectors. You can see the cut off light and how it wouldn't blind oncoming traffic. It focuses all of the light where it needs to so that there's no wasted light. All of the light, that would be wasted in Halogen or HID lights in a Halogen housing, is focused and amplified where it needs to be.

Here's an explanation of Projectors and their lenses produce more light with control:

As the saying goes "Power is nothing without Control" - so why bother installing HID's in your headlights without the proper fixture to capture and focus that powerful light into a controlled beam pattern and spread it out on the road ahead? Projectors are the most important component when it comes to a headlight upgrade, and due to the huge variety of available models out there, choosing one can often be confusing. From different brands, makes, models, origins etc - the one thing you should know is that regardless of the projector you use, your light output will not only look better than "that guy" with the cheap HID kit thrown in his stock headlights, but will also perform considerably better.

2) A huge variety of OEM HID Projectors. We stock 'em all!By concentrating all of the available light on the road where you need it rather than scattering it into an unfocused blob - put simply, your headlights are brighter when they have projectors.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/trs_tech_hid_projectors.php
 

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Well I haven't been on her in a while, but aboot 6 months ago I did upgrade my headlight. I went with the JW Speaker 8700 Evolution. It is an LED projector and I am very pleased with it. I think my only complaint is that the high beam is not much brighter than the low beam, but with the insane illumination I get on low there isn't much need for a high beam. If anyone decides to go this option they won't be disappointed. JW Speaker has even released the 8700 Evolution 2 now, in which the high beam issue is supposed to have been solved. I have also done a complete LED upgrade on all my lights. Pictures attached.

And if you're wondering I have aboot 33,500 on this bike and hoping to double or triple that before she keels over.
 

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I will take a picture of the lights down the road when I get the chance. The picture of the rear lights was part of the LED upgrades I mentioned.
 
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