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Old Jun 18th 2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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Question How to: installation of HIDs on Pani

Ok after readin several threads and not really getting a definitive answer on if and how to install HID's I decided to take the plunge and do it myself. After some trial and error I came to a very easy and effective way of installin them and in under 30 min. I am sure there are those of you out there that have been in same situation as me and would love a detailed step by step walk through so here you go. Hope this ends up helping everyone interested in installing HID's on the PANIGALE

STEP 1

choose an HID kit and color.

HID Kits, BMW Aftermarket Bumpers & Lighting, DEPO - DDM Tuning

What color Bulbs should I buy? - Help Desk Software powered by DDM Tuning


I decided to go with DDM tuning's motorcycle HID kit as I read great reviews and they offer a lifetime warranty. Not to mention the cost (aprox $75 after shipping to Canada) I have provided links above to the exact product you will need to purchase. NOTE you must buy 35watt as the 55watt can interfere with the elaborate computer on the Panigale. Also bulb type is H11 and I went with the 8000k color as it is a nice mix of white and blue without giving up the much needed light output. I will provide pics to see the color I chose

STEP 2

Take out the lowbeam bulbs. NOTE several people on this forum indicate the small amout of room to remove this bulb. Yes it is a small amount but I was able to remove them with little to no trouble at all. I also did not have to remove anything to get to them. So if you read that you need to remove the front fairing please do not as it is not needed and that is a lot of unnessasary work on your part. The trick to removing the bulb is to move the steering to opposite side to give you optimal room to work with. On the side of the bulb itself there is a clip holding the bulb in place. In order to be able to twist the bulb far enough you must remove the clips and pull the harness from the bulb. NOTE the bottem clip should not be removed. It will be the 2 black clips on each side. After the harness is unclipped you can now remove the bulb. Make sure to look through the clear housing to see how the bulb sits in the housing to make sure you install the new bulb the same.

STEP 3

Now you must hook up the ballasts and lights. Everything is plug and play and no wiring is needes at all. Plug in all the clips and connectors and test the bulb prior to installing as the less contact that is made with the bulb the longer its life. To test the bulb plug in the Panigale harness into the new bulb harness and turn on the bike to see if the bulb harms up. If it does great move on to the next step. If it did not turn on check your clips to see if they are tight and clean. More often then not the harness that plugs directing into the Panigale Lighting harness will be upside down. So if it didnt turn on the first time check all harnesses and flip the main connector upside down. It should fire up. NOTE turn off the bike while doing this as you do not want to fry anything or zap yourself.

STEP 4

Now that you have installed the ballasts and tested them its time to place the light into the housing and hide the wires. Depending on your lighting you may be able to see the slots for the new bulb to slide into. Remove the bulbs from the cases and be sure to leave the white ring as that will keep pressure on the bulb in the housing and prevent it from moving around. Slide the bulbs in the slots and turn the bulb till you can see it is infront of the silver guides inside the clear housing.

STEP 5

Last step is to clean up the wiring and locate the ballast in a clean and close to stock looking as possible. I found a great way to hide 80% of the wiring and leave a decent clean stock look. You will need double sided tape for this install and place a piece of it on the back of the ballast and stick it to the cap covers on top of the light housing. NOTE SEE PIC FOR REFERENCE. Have the wires pointing towards the tank. Now you will have serveral wires dangling and in the way. Pull all the loose wire together and slide it behind the cover beside the fairing. There is a nice gap there and all the wiring should just slip in clean and hidden. There is one more black box that cannot be hidden and if placed right by the ballast it will not interfer with the suspension arms. NOTE look at pic for reference points.

STEP 6

START THE BIKE AND ENJOY

I really hope this guide was helpful and you had no issues installing these lights. I really enjoy mine and have got plenty of positive feedback from fellow riders since installing. This is my first ever forum post and I am sorry if its not 100% clear but I just wanted to help my fellow Panigale owners out. Please refrain from negative comments. Positive ones are always welcome.
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 09:22 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Same here

I did the same as DUCDUC.. BUT I managed to fit the balasts under the black plastics and the side fairings.. Very very tight with the steering but I made it!

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I have, these installed on my Aprilia RSV 1000.Amazon.com: HID Xenon Headlight "Slim" Conversion Kit by SDX, 9006, 6000K: Automotive they work great with slim ballast. took about 20 minutes to install. BTW the Pani take H11 12v 55w bulbs. HID are great but the ballast gets super hot. Something I opted out since the Pani get pretty hot, I did not want to add another heat source. Im trying these 6k halogen lamps that work fine and the visibility is good.
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Ok after readin several threads and not really getting a definitive answer on if and how to install HID's I decided to take the plunge and do it myself. After some trial and error I came to a very easy and effective way of installin them and in under 30 min. I am sure there are those of you out there that have been in same situation as me and would love a detailed step by step walk through so here you go. Hope this ends up helping everyone interested in installing HID's on the PANIGALE

STEP 1

choose an HID kit and color.

HID Kits, BMW Aftermarket Bumpers & Lighting, DEPO - DDM Tuning

What color Bulbs should I buy? - Help Desk Software powered by DDM Tuning


I decided to go with DDM tuning's motorcycle HID kit as I read great reviews and they offer a lifetime warranty. Not to mention the cost (aprox $75 after shipping to Canada) I have provided links above to the exact product you will need to purchase. NOTE you must buy 35watt as the 55watt can interfere with the elaborate computer on the Panigale. Also bulb type is H11 and I went with the 8000k color as it is a nice mix of white and blue without giving up the much needed light output. I will provide pics to see the color I chose

STEP 2

Take out the lowbeam bulbs. NOTE several people on this forum indicate the small amout of room to remove this bulb. Yes it is a small amount but I was able to remove them with little to no trouble at all. I also did not have to remove anything to get to them. So if you read that you need to remove the front fairing please do not as it is not needed and that is a lot of unnessasary work on your part. The trick to removing the bulb is to move the steering to opposite side to give you optimal room to work with. On the side of the bulb itself there is a clip holding the bulb in place. --- WHAT IS this? In order to be able to twist the bulb far enough you must remove the clips and pull the harness from the bulb. NOTE the bottem clip should not be removed. It will be the 2 black clips on each side. After the harness is unclipped you can now remove the bulb. Make sure to look through the clear housing to see how the bulb sits in the housing to make sure you install the new bulb the same.

STEP 3

Now you must hook up the ballasts and lights. Everything is plug and play and no wiring is needes at all. Plug in all the clips and connectors and test the bulb prior to installing as the less contact that is made with the bulb the longer its life. To test the bulb plug in the Panigale harness into the new bulb harness and turn on the bike to see if the bulb harms up. If it does great move on to the next step. If it did not turn on check your clips to see if they are tight and clean. More often then not the harness that plugs directing into the Panigale Lighting harness will be upside down. So if it didnt turn on the first time check all harnesses and flip the main connector upside down. It should fire up. NOTE turn off the bike while doing this as you do not want to fry anything or zap yourself.

STEP 4

Now that you have installed the ballasts and tested them its time to place the light into the housing and hide the wires. Depending on your lighting you may be able to see the slots for the new bulb to slide into. Remove the bulbs from the cases and be sure to leave the white ring as that will keep pressure on the bulb in the housing and prevent it from moving around. Slide the bulbs in the slots and turn the bulb till you can see it is infront of the silver guides inside the clear housing.

STEP 5

Last step is to clean up the wiring and locate the ballast in a clean and close to stock looking as possible. I found a great way to hide 80% of the wiring and leave a decent clean stock look. You will need double sided tape for this install and place a piece of it on the back of the ballast and stick it to the cap covers on top of the light housing. NOTE SEE PIC FOR REFERENCE. Have the wires pointing towards the tank. Now you will have serveral wires dangling and in the way. Pull all the loose wire together and slide it behind the cover beside the fairing. There is a nice gap there and all the wiring should just slip in clean and hidden. There is one more black box that cannot be hidden and if placed right by the ballast it will not interfer with the suspension arms. NOTE look at pic for reference points.

STEP 6

START THE BIKE AND ENJOY

I really hope this guide was helpful and you had no issues installing these lights. I really enjoy mine and have got plenty of positive feedback from fellow riders since installing. This is my first ever forum post and I am sorry if its not 100% clear but I just wanted to help my fellow Panigale owners out. Please refrain from negative comments. Positive ones are always welcome.
I have only one question you did a nice job, but don't you think its a little hack to leave the ballasts exposed on top of the light covers? I was going to do what you did but thought it looked sloppy, so i bought another kit and hide them on the left side fairing with extended wires to go under the front dash. it all worked great! UNTIL i started to hang wheelies, i blew one of the bulbs and now i question what clip are you talking about on the fixture housing? needles to say i ripped them out no more issues any more

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I did the same as DUCDUC.. BUT I managed to fit the balasts under the black plastics and the side fairings.. Very very tight with the steering but I made it!

Her


e is the before and after pictures:
Just a quick question for ya. I have HIDs in mine already but I'm having a hell of a time finding a good spot for the ballast on the right had side. With the ECU + the coolant tank and everything under that fairing it's a bit nuts and it gets so hot by the ECU I'm worried that double sided tape will just go soft. Where did you end up securing your right hand side ballast?
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