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Thumbs up BMW 3 series HID projectors...in the FZ6!!! NOW WITH FINISHED PICS!!!

UPDATE: MORE PICTURES ON PAGE 2 ~!!!



Projectors: 3 series BMW E46 ECE shield single xenon
Bulbs: Philips D2S 85122+ bulbs (3400 lumens each)
Ballasts: Denso (Lexus) D2S 35W

Tested output of the low beam side:


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The entire inside of the headlamps will be jet black with only the projector lense and chrome bezel rings visible. The highbeam will be aimed higher than the low but will maintain a cutoff line.

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Low beam E46 projector on dark backroad:

EDIT: Found a better pic of the E46 output:


And the cutoff line:

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Neato!

Why not take out the reflector all together though?


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Neato!

Why not take out the reflector all together though?
Because the reflector has built in adjusters to aim the projectors precisely at the level I'll need and the projectors will mount entirely to the reflector.
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Next step is determine the dryest location to mount ballasts on the inner side of the fairings within 10" of the back of the bulbs. I'm thinking of gluing heavy duty velcro to the inside of the fairing and again to the ballasts and then just velcroing them in place. This will result in a good, shockproof mount. Open to other suggestions though for those who have HID kits in their bikes.

Am I the first FZ6 to use car projectors? I read a writeup on someone using R6 projectors and HID but these are straight out of a BMW car.
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Cool! That should look mean too


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Indeed. Sorry for the tease! I'm very excited...they are going to fit perfectly! I've been retrofitting HID projectors into cars for years but first attempt on a bike. Should be ~3X the light output and width of stock halogens. Seeing better at night was my goal with this as due to gas prices I will be riding more at night this season than last. The fact that it will look badassed is a side benefit.
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just what I was interested in, subscribed!

would it not be possible to extend the ballast wires to under the seat? That is the best place I can think of, I would be wary about velcro'ing heavy ballasts to the fairing. Oh and why not go with bi-xenon projectors, this way you could have both on all the time

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would it not be possible to extend the ballast wires to under the seat? That is the best place I can think of, I would be wary about velcro'ing heavy ballasts to the fairing. Oh and why not go with bi-xenon projectors, this way you could have both on all the time
There is really not much room for bi-xenon projectors. It could be done if you scrapped the reflectors but then aiming would be cumbersome at best. One projector is more than enough for riding around town at night but if I don't like the way the bike looks with one projector on only then I'll just aim the highbeam projector low enough to keep from blinding oncoming traffic and just run both of them all the time.

I'll run both lamps during the day as once started up, each ballast only draws 3 amps and 35 watts, so 70 watts total with both sides running! The bike can easily handle leaving both sides running without battery drain as both ballasts together only use 15 more watts than running ONE H7 halogen bulb!

The ballasts have a 12" connector on them so I have to mount them close. They only weigh about 8 oz each though and have built in ignitors. Most people retrofitting bikes recommended Denso ballasts for this reason, small, light, compact.

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sick as

nice idea too and u should be able to install angel eyes if u like..???


as for the ballast idea the velcro should work
or u could go for some super duty car double sided tape used to hold on door mouldings
some of the stuff here in aus is that strong the plastics can break before the glue does!

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nice idea too and u should be able to install angel eyes if u like..???


as for the ballast idea the velcro should work
or u could go for some super duty car double sided tape used to hold on door mouldings
some of the stuff here in aus is that strong the plastics can break before the glue does!

If they made a 3" diameter angel eye I could probable install them...although the only time you would see it would be when the bike was not running but the parking lights were on...when the HID is on you can't see anythhing other than sunlight intense light!

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Question: For my ground connections is there anywhere on the frame near the triple tree suitable for a ground or should I just run them all to the battery (-) terminal?

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and the total cost for this mod is?


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Battery is the best for ground. Frame is ok, but just go straight to the battery will be better and almost easier then finding some neat place to ground it on the frame.
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