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post #1 of 10 Old 10-21-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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To HID, Or not??!

Hey guys I'm torn about buying an HID kit for the KLR.Does anyone run one, and if so any real light gains with using one? Thanks


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post #2 of 10 Old 10-21-2012, 02:25 AM
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From my experience with retrofitted car headlights, I would advise against it. That is unless you plan on doing a retrofit.
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well problem ive run into with my harley with all led and HID conversions was i had to install resistors just for them to function properly , so if it was to save what little amps we can its a bust ,if its to be seen brighter it does do that .

the Hid kit i used i lost my high beam so i had one bright almost white beam wich was great on clear days on wet days i couldnt see crap made it look like the rain/snow was magnified .. then was the being flashed at because i was too bright for on coming traffic ( i got a warning from our local finest )

i was told led would last longer mine didnt started shaking mine out 1 by one right away .

the only benifit really was it was brighter but only once they warm up in cold climates it can take a while and while it does its a real amp draw .

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I don't plan on a retrofit. Not sure what you mean. I would simply buy a plug and play type kit. I have the 10,000k HID in my truck and love it. I'm just looking for others that may have tryed it with the pros and cons since I've never had them on a bike.Plus I don't really plan on adding any other lights.. Idk..😕


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Which year of bike? If the newer generation, why not...if the older version....from what I have seen don't wast your time.....buy LED spot lights. There are many to choose from from wild to mild price wise....I buy the Chinese knock offs at $20 a pair or so from fleabay......they work well and I don't care if they die prematurely......

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I was going to do it but decided against it. One of the primary reasons is arounds it's legality. Other was that I don't drive much in the dark.

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-21-2012, 12:45 PM
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Which year of bike? If the newer generation, why not...if the older version....from what I have seen don't wast your time.....buy LED spot lights. There are many to choose from from wild to mild price wise....I buy the Chinese knock offs at $20 a pair or so from fleabay......they work well and I don't care if they die prematurely......
If it's a GenII, I don't see what is to be gained from "upgrading" the bulbs. I ride at night all the time on some very dark roads and really don't see how anybody could find the stock bulbs lacking. In fact, when passing reflective signs larger than about a square foot or so, I find the glare coming off them incredibly annoying even on Lo beam.

I've never ridden a Gen1 at night, but it seems like a lot of folks have the same opinion as willys when it comes to upgrading the lighting on those.



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I was seriously considering going HID but ended up not doing it for two reasons. Number one is that I'm blinded daily by vehicles with poorly installed/adjusted HID headlights so I don't really want to be another contributor to the problem. Number two is that I like to be able to pick up a bulb from any gas station or store if mine burns out (Gen 2).

As an aside, as Planalp was saying, the Gen 2's have pretty good headlights to start with, I can't really see much of a gain going to the HID's.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-21-2012, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah it's a 2nd gen. I put 100watt bulbs in it the first day I had the bike.. I ride it to work almost daily and it's very foggy and dark when I get off. Just needed some input from anyone they may have it and the pros and cons. Thanks guys.


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Hey guys I'm torn about buying an HID kit for the KLR.Does anyone run one, and if so any real light gains with using one? Thanks


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hello friend can you share your experience with these kits.. I am just about to get one in few days and hope they are reliable and effective.. Please share small review to guide me.. Thanks
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