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post #1 of 104 Old 01-25-2016, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 104 Old 01-25-2016, 08:36 PM
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Ok Tom,
As you have probably figured out, I'm kind of a 'stock is simple' kind of guy.
Are you saying that you intend to 'shoe-spoon' the Infinity G37 headlights into a '08 & up headlight shell?
Looks like they will fit! Focusing might get tricky.

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Are you saying that you intend to 'shoe-spoon' the Infinity G37 headlights into a '08 & up headlight shell?
Looks like they will fit! Focusing might get tricky.
That's what I'm going to try to do. I have been thinking about this for quite a while. After quite a bit of research I came to the conclusion that the G37 Sedans were pretty good units and I should be able to make them fit. It's going to take a lot of work.

Aiming them should be no problem. The steel plate you see in the last picture is going to be mounted to the aiming adjusters, just like the stock reflector is.

The projectors will be mounted to the plate, so they will be aimed the same way the stock headlight is. There will have to be an initial 'lining up' of both projectors to make sure that they both point in the same direction and that their cut-offs are in the same plane. I don't expect that to be much of a problem, requiring no more than a thin shimming washer or two at the mounting tabs.

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Looks freaking legit... Nice work thus far!

Only question (two part!): What exact bike (year) is this going on and how much extra illumination is it going to produce???

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Gen 2, 2009.

'How much extra illumination' is not a simple question.

As far as lumens output, about four times as much. This is a bi-xenon projector with two lamps operating on both high and low beam; on the order of 6000 for the HID DS2 bulb vs the ~1500 for the H7 bulb on low beam. There will be ~6000 on high beam as well, vs the ~3000 for the twin H7s on high beam.

It is really not about output as much as it is about pattern. You know what the headlight pattern of your NE is. My HID pattern should look like this:


I may try modifying the bi-xenon shield to produce a slight butterfly pattern with a bit of flare at the outer edges for corning illumination. I'm not even sure if that is practical; more research to do.

I believe that the projector in the photo above may have a foreground limiter in it which is not a good idea for a motorcycle, so mine won't have that. The foreground should be filled in.

There will be some before and after photos if I am successful with this madness.

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That's fantastic. Best of luck on the project! I could definitely use a better pattern.

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Sweet project. Diggin' the HID's
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Progress is slow; a lot of trial and error. I've figured out how to mount the projectors so that I have a wee bit of clearance between the lens and the headlight cover.

I had hoped to surface-mount the projector to the plate but there was interference with the headlight cover. It was necessary to set the projector back from the plane of the plate.







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