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i justdid a HID headlightconversion on my '95 gl1500i. i am having intermittent issues with the HID not staying on. i turn on the ignition & they light but when i start the bike the headlights cut out (always has by design to reduce power drain while running the starter) but when i release the starter & they come back on they only light for a split second & go out. also this is the low beam only kit with the slim ballast so if i switch to high bean (essensially turning off the HIDs) & back to low again they just light for a split second & go out. i have found that (so far, i've only tried this a couple time) if i ride 1-2 miles & stop & shut off the ignition, then turn it back on the lights will come on & stay on, they will also come back on if i switch them off by flipping to high beam & then back to low to turn them back on. if i just reset the ignition at my startup point they still don't stay on, it seams that i must ride a little before reseting.

i have tried swapping relays & 3 different relays all got the same result. i also know my battery is alittle on the weak side (if i let it sit for 3-4 days there isn't enough power to kick the bike over) but the HIDs are being problematic even when the bike was only sitting a few hours after running for a couple hours straight. i have only had the HIDs in a couple days & the temperature has been in the 25-45f range. so far its been about a 50/50 shot of weather they work right or fail.
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Just guessing, It might be a connection at the ballast, bad ballast, ignition switch contacts... Have the battery load tested.

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Just guessing, It might be a connection at the ballast, bad ballast, ignition switch contacts... Have the battery load tested.
2 ballast & 2 bulbs (1 each ballast) both doing the same thing separatly conected into the original headlight conectors. i have tried just jiggling the key in the ignition on position with no luck.

how low voltage sencitive are the HID ballast?
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From what I know about it the older analog ballasts were low voltage sensitive but the digital ones are not supposed to be. I have a set in my civic, the newest ones I have, and on the ballast it states 9 to 18 volts. I would try putting a charger on the battery until it is fully charged and then turn on the switch to see if they come on. Then start the engine and see if they stay on. Another thing to try is switch to high beam (off) before starting the engine them turn them on. I have the headlights in my 1800 wired so they do not come on until the engine is running and has oil pressure. It just seemed to me the switching on and off then on again with every start couldn't be good for the ballasts.

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I'm with you dave , my HIDS won't come on either if voltage is low. my bike may still start but lights won't come on till proper voltage is there.

I'm thinking charge battery till full then get it tested.

How old is the battery ?????

have you checked the alternator outputis correct ??


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I learning great stuff here my Question ..

Is there better kit than others and where to buy.....

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Is there better kit than others and where to buy.....
Try here, this is what I use,they have worked great for me for 4 years in two different bikes.

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Have you replaced your alt brushes?
Sounds like time for a new battery if a couple years old.
You should put a switch to shut off the headlight during starts, that way it the ballast only has to start once.

HIDs take a lot of power to start up. Our Wings take a lot of power to start up if any of the system is dirty, weak and worn. The alternator brushes get corrosion and stick, worn starter brushes cause buildup inside and bad contact, dirty grounds, spark plug wires get corrosion in them, spark plug caps crack, dirty electrical connections, etc, all play a factor in the whole picture.


Why did you go with only the low beams HIDs? They sell Bi-Xenon that hi-low electronic hoods to give the proper hi-low beams.

What are you doing for High beams as the 1500s have dual filament bulbs?

http://www.kryptonbulbs.com/Bi-Xenon-beam-hid-kit-menu

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switch back to stock.
if it works correctly problem most likely is in the HID kit.
Could be, bad ballast.
could be incorrect voltage into the ballast.
incorrect wiring.
Next
use a test light and rule out the wiring on yur ride, keep a square head on and start looking for what it isn't.
could be bad connections
pinched or broken wire.
loose contacts in the connectors. I have found this often.
Bad ground.
corrosion in the connectors and possibly the fuse holder for the light circ.
even a cheap volt meter will be worth its weight if used correctly.
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I have HID's on my Mazda Tribute and the relays are sensitive to low input voltage hence no power going to the ballast.

What are you using for high beams ?

What company did you buy your HID's from ?


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