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Help! weird HID problem- ballasts are OK. Electric gurus LOOK!

I have a weird issue with my HIDs

they are 55w. they are brand new.

problem im having is with the high beam. If I start my bike with only the low beam on and ride around for a while, my high beam does not fire correctly and shuts off immediately after it being switched on with a quick flash

BUT, when I start off with both lights ON, its fine. As long as it warms up SLIGHTLY, I can shut it on and off with no problem. Even as long as 5 minutes.

I can literally be rolling down the road at night, have problems with my high beam, turn my key off for a few seconds, then on again with the high beam on, and it fires FINE. wtf

is there something I can try? not too sure what the problem is.
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Switch bulbs and switch ballast on the low beam and see if the low beam does this. You are saying the ballast is fine but this is an ignitor or ballast or power problem. Your battery might be on it's way out and doesn't have enough balls to turn on the other HID. Doesn't explain why it can do it at startup but not while running but its worth checking.. Also check your connections.. T




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Had the same problem on my old 04 RR..figured it was the ballast misfiring and would just flipping the switch till it came on. I didn't have the bike too much longer after that, so when it came time for a new bike, I left the halogen in the high beam..not for that reason alone but mostly cuz I liked having instant high beam..not the warm up to high beam

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its a brand new bike, so im thinking the battery is fine. Ill try switching the connections and see what happens.... but like i said, if it fires on startup just fine. so im sure I cant replicate the problem... which gives me and idea!

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switched ballasts and still get the same effect. damn
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I have the same problem..almost...I get different affects.

1)I can turn the bike on and sometimes the lowbeam doesnt come on
2)I can turn the bike on and the low beam will come on and when I switch to highbeam, it will flash but turn off. I then have to switch it to lowbeam back to highbeam and it will stay on

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do you have 55w ddms?
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where did you buy them from? i would contact them and let them know what your problem is. I bought DDM HIDs and didn't seem to have any problems when I installed them, so maybe there could have been some defects when the ballasts were produced or something.

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bought from ddmtuning. I find it difficult thinking both ballasts have the same defect...
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mine do the same thing... i just flip on my high beam before starting the bike and let it warm up before leaving. If there is a fix for this i would like to know also. I have 55W DDMs too BTW. the one thing i was going to try is running wires directly to the battery (after starting the bike of course) and seeing if it does the same thing.

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maybe its the bulb?

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mine do the same thing... i just flip on my high beam before starting the bike and let it warm up before leaving. If there is a fix for this i would like to know also. I have 55W DDMs too BTW. the one thing i was going to try is running wires directly to the battery (after starting the bike of course) and seeing if it does the same thing.
what year RR do you have?
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Where have you got the ballast mounted cause it may be heating up to much, if its to hot it won't be able to produce enough power to ignite the lamp, however the lower running power required means that it may stay lit without difficulty.
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May be just may be being that your HID are 55W the draw on the battery is too strong
to get both head lights going at the same time browsing the forum i have noticed a
lot of the 55 W are having issues but the 35 W are not having any problems what so ever



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The extra load on the electrical system from 55w globes compared to the 35w ones is irrelevant - the stock globes are 55w...

I think the (common) issue is overheating of the ballast, especially given that everybody is likely putting them in roughly the same spot. The 35w ones on the other hand won't get as hot (less current going through them) and as such won't suffer the same problem.
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