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There are not many photos of this as it was so simple, it was apart before I could take the photos!

On the silver "<" shaped holders there are two 5mm allen screws each side. These look like stainless steel, I hope they are anyway.

Undo them and the whole headlight unit comes away, the body has to be helped off some small lugs at the bottom, just pull very gently. The unit then swings down on the wires. All connections are very neat and well covered, so water ingress should not be an issue.



There is a little room under the hood, but if you go for a HID conversion, make sure you get the one with the smallest possible voltage controller/driver. The bulb is covered by a rubber doughnut which you can see in the picture above. Remove the doughnut and the bulb is kept in place with the standard bit of bent wire under spring tension. Release the wire and the bulb pulls out.

The bulb is marked as "Philips HS1 35w/35w 12v" so it makes it an H1 bulb. You can get Philips (and others) that have 50% or up to 90% more output in whiter light 5000k or 6000k (which just starts to have a blue tinge).

Looking at the connector, it is the same as an H4 bulb so I got one of my car spare bulbs. This is an Osram Night Breaker (? or something) which is a 55w/60w H4 bulb that offers 90% more light output as it is filled with Halon gas. I put it in the bike (for now!) but will order a high output H1 bulb off eBay. I am not sure the plastic headlight will cope with the heat output of a 55w bulb over time.

Remember : I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die.

Oh, sorry, wrong quote . . .

Remember : The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long.

No prizes for the name of the film those came from. Go watch it if you don't know them.

Lastly, a picture with the H4 bulb, note the indicators are side-lights when not blinking away.



Jeff

p.s. Yes the grass needs cutting, no, I am not going to do it.
 

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p.s. Yes the grass needs cutting, no, I am not going to do it.
just pave it .. or artificial grass. with my allergies i'm tempted to do the same :)

great tutorial... i wish i had the bike already so i could try these out, or at least do some similar stuff.

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. . or artificial grass.
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Crikey, have you seen how much it costs? It's $30 a sq.yard. I would have to sell the bike . . . and the family, and the . . . . . hold-on a minute, let me get the calculator out, maybe I could keep the bike . . . . . . :rolleyes:
 

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hahahaa
 

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Might as well change the headlight to the asian version while you are at it. You took the headlight off anyways! haha.

Very nice DIY though. You lucky ****

I wish I had my GROM..
 
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I am in the UK, so we have the "Asian" light unit (projector) as standard.

I am looking at the site on my iPad and all the photos I have posted are upside-down. Weird? I am using the Mercury browser.

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Can you get a photo of how the light looks like facing a white wall? I'd like to see what the light "cutoff" looks like.
 

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So let me get this straight.

you need to remove the headlight to change the bulb correct? no other way?
Yep, unless you are an Alien or a robot with extendable fingers - assuming you are not, then "off it comes". Mind you, it's the same for every bike, on my old Piaggio MP3 the whole front fairing had to come off, which took an hour! This took 2 minutes, max.

The only issue are the indicators (mounted on the silver "<") as they have a tendancy to fall off as they only have a tab to keep them in place without the screws, so it is a bit fiddly to get them back in place, line up the fairing and get a screw in. So, 2 minutes, off, 1 minute to change the bulb, 4 minutes to get it all back together. Next time, I should be able to do it in 5 minutes tops.

I offer a bulb-changing service, so if anyone needs me to do it for them, send me the appropriate airfare and travel costs and I will supply the H1 55w replacement bulb free of charge. :D

Ride Safely!

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Can you get a photo of how the light looks like facing a white wall? I'd like to see what the light "cutoff" looks like.
Next time I work on the bike I will try and remember to include it. However, I have retro-fitted an Osram Night Breaker 55w/60w H4 bulb so the picture will not be representative. The cut off is very sharp on dipped beam - I noticed last night that the level needs raising though.

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OSRAM and Philips are both top in the industry. You can't really go wrong with either.

Looking forward to those cutoff photos regardless of the new bulbs. I just have never seen a photo of what the cutoff shape is like.
 

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Great post! Brighter lights are always one of my first mods. :D On a little bike like this, we need all the conspicuity we can get.
 

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Had many bikes - never did that

Great post! Brighter lights are always one of my first mods. :D On a little bike like this, we need all the conspicuity we can get.
Hey. Personally, I never thought of changing the traditional bulb. I see these mods often on other bikes. Do you feel you get a much better visibility with these? Maybe its working against other drivers? Any idea why these are not the defaults?

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just pave it .. or artificial grass. with my allergies i'm tempted to do the same :)

great tutorial... i wish i had the bike already so i could try these out, or at least do some similar stuff.

joe
backyard + concrete = your own skidpad !!!!
 

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I have a HID system on my 99 Hayabusa and my 99 Kawi ZX6R and yes drivers in cage do see you esp if you are splitting lanes in Calif.

I will put a HID system on my GROM when I get it more than likely the same size power unit as the one on my ZX6R which I bought online from Bombay Motorsports in L.A. Calif.
 
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