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    2014 RTW HID Headlight Installation

    Here are 2 pictures of the HID Hi and Low beam finished installation. There are no lamp failure icons on the dash. Detailed report of installation to follow if interested.
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    Is that an after market kit or DIY?
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    No auto manufacturer anywhere has used HID for lights used as flashers, as HID burner warm-up time is too slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azuwere View Post
    Is that an after market kit or DIY?
    Both you could say . I used this kit with Phillips bulb's.

    http://www.kbcarstuff.com/Motorcycle...-Kits-s/34.htm

    Order the motorcycle kit for the Low beam ( 1 kit ) and the auto kit for the HI beam ( 2 HID kit's. ) . For the RTW you need to also order there Low beam failure fix for the low beam only.

    http://www.kbcarstuff.com/HID-Kit-Components-s/1501.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    No auto manufacturer anywhere has used HID for lights used as flashers, as HID burner warm-up time is too slow.
    Kent I'M not sure what you are implying, the subject matter is for the Headlight not Blinkers ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 80092 View Post
    Kent I'M not sure what you are implying, the subject matter is for the Headlight not Blinkers ?
    He means high beams when used as a flash to pass mode.

    Personally I have done it on 2 R1200GS Hexheads and Camheads. The initial HID flash is pretty bright, enough to use as a flash to pass IMHO, though some disagree.

    He is right that it is not done by any OEM though. With LEDs these days I am betting it never will as LED will take over for HID in mass market soon enough.

    Jim

    PS I am definitely interested in a photo tutorial of the HID conversion process. I have it for the GS, but not the RT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimvonbaden View Post
    He means high beams when used as a flash to pass mode.

    Personally I have done it on 2 R1200GS Hexheads and Camheads. The initial HID flash is pretty bright, enough to use as a flash to pass IMHO, though some disagree.

    He is right that it is not done by any OEM though. With LEDs these days I am betting it never will as LED will take over for HID in mass market soon enough.

    Jim

    PS I am definitely interested in a photo tutorial of the HID conversion process. I have it for the GS, but not the RT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 80092 View Post
    Detailed report of installation to follow if interested.
    Always interested in a good DIY. If you need help, let me know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimvonbaden View Post
    He means high beams when used as a flash to pass mode.

    Personally I have done it on 2 R1200GS Hexheads and Camheads. The initial HID flash is pretty bright, enough to use as a flash to pass IMHO, though some disagree.

    He is right that it is not done by any OEM though. With LEDs these days I am betting it never will as LED will take over for HID in mass market soon enough.

    Jim

    PS I am definitely interested in a photo tutorial of the HID conversion process. I have it for the GS, but not the RT.
    I thought he may have been referring to the Autobon flash to pass . Yes the HID Hi beam will flash well when cold. I will put together a photo tutorial hopefully some time this weekend. LEDs do require a little warm up as well although much quicker than HID..
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    Headlight Upgrade

    I kept it simple by changing the bulbs with Osram H1 Night Breaker Unlimited with a color temp. of 3700 deg. K And Sylvania Silverstar Ultra for the low / high beam. A modest investment and a noticeable improvement in light output and color. White with only a hint of blue. The Osram bulbs re shape the light pattern putting more light in the ditch. It helps, I do a bit of night riding in Deer country, the beam is further out there as advertised and I do not piss off on coming traffic as does my buddy with his LED driving lamps. I have LED's on my '83 RT and I do know how these miss shaped light patterns affect on comers.

    I do think LED's will be the future but they have to be properly focused to put the light where it should be. I just want to smash the Harley LED head light but my brother in law won't let me, they are on his bike. That's OK though, he can't keep up anyways. I have had issues with HID ballasts in my wife's car as it ages so I see them gone as soon as LED's work properly. Nice light but expensive to maintain / fix.

    I am mounting Motolights with halogen bulbs to the new RT, I had them on an F800ST and now I have a brake caliper mount to add them on to the RTW. More on that when the snow is gone.

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    Detailed Installation

    Here is my detailed installation of the RTW H-7 Low and H-1Hi beam installation . I sourced my HID products through KB car stuff , very high quality. I went with the Phillips Xtreme HID kit a@ 4300 Kelvin ,the 4300 K is true white light .

    http://www.kbcarstuff.com/Motorcycle...-Kits-s/34.htm

    Order the motorcycle kit for 1 low beam H-7 and the Automotive lighting package for 2 Hi beam H-1 systems. You will also need KBs Low Beam Failure Fix .

    http://www.kbcarstuff.com/HID-Kit-Components-s/1501.htm

    Without the RFIX the low beam turns off when switching to Hi beam and will not reignite due to a low beam fault. The fault is due to a reduction in power to the low beam when the Hi beam is switched on. Thus the Low beam requires a relay supplied in the kit.

    Order od disassembly to do the job. Remove the following 13 items and in this order . Front Seat , Front Fender , R Battery Cover , Wind Screen , L & R Engine Spoiler , L & R Side Panel , L & R Knee Cover , L & R Speaker Cover , L & R Speaker , Cover for windshield adjuster , L Inside panel , L Storage compartment , Insturement Panel with bracket .

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    Front seat

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    Remove Battery cover R , no pic.

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    4 Continued

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    Last part to remove is the Horn , unbolt and leave wires connected.

    Now the fun begins , the most difficult part is installing the bulbs. I started with the Low beam in the center. The bulb cover is removed with a slight CCW turn .The cover must be drilled to allow the HID bulb and + and - kit connectors to pass into the light housing. I used a step bit to drill a round hole 1.15 " large .Now pass through the HID bulb and blue and black kit wires into the cover, secure the gromet to the bulb cover .

    Next disconnect the wires I used a pair of long needle nose pliers . Remove the low beam bulb note it's orientation , be very careful when unhooking the wire bale.

    Insert the HID bulb , be sure to seat bulb properly , if not the focus will be off. Now time to hook up the HID and RFIX connections.
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    5 continued

    BMW deviates the traditional wiring for lighting on the RTW . The 2 female plug connectors for the Low beam have a single black lead and a 2 wire black lead. WTH The single wire is + , plug the kit blue wire here, and the other wire goes to the double wire for ground. Stuff the wires into the light housing and install the cover. I do not have a picture of the LB cover installed due to lack of room for picture, it will look similar to the HI beam cover you will see.
    Next we have to find a place for the Ballast , Igniter, RFIX , Relay and connectors . The Ballast was placed on top of the Headlight housing under the windshield motor and behind the dash. I used double sided tape supplied with the kit. Clean the housing with alcohol before applying tape. The Igniter and relay were zip tied to the ballast . Here is a picture of the dash with some kit wiring ( Ballast , Igniter , Relay not seen but under thus wiring sorry.

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    Peter Murray
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    IBA 359
    2014 RTW, 73 R75/5

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