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Old 12-14-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
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ok heres the problem, when you turn the key past on to the start posistion it turns the headlights on, with the HID kit i have it is not good for the voltage to be low due to cranking while they were on

so my question is can i get something that adds like a 5 second delay from when the headlights get power til the HIDs turn on, i have the relay harness already, so would some kind of time delay relay work?

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Have you tried like Radio shack? I seem to recall a capacitor or something along those lines that can create a delay. Not really my field but I seem to remember making something along those lines with a friend many years ago to do a reset on a computer and it needed a delay.
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i found this on some site, it has a cap. in it, but you think just like one wired in series of the positive headlight wire to the coil would make a delay?

here is what i might do, if i can figure it out lol
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All Greek to me. There are others here that really know that stuff.
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yah same here unfortunately, i'll try to take a diagram and a write up to radioshack and see if they can help me out
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The capacitor in that diagram just protects from a surge, it is the relay coil in it that does the job. You HID kit already should have the capacitance taken care of, you just need a delay relay, such as this one.
Kussmaul Electronics Co., Inc. Time Delay Relay - DOPI Data Sheet
You can do a google search for 12 volt delay relay to price shop.
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ok thanks venom, you just saved me hours of screwing around with some electrical components i don't know how to use
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YW, I need a similar fix for my V-Star. It only has a 5amp draw so I think I can get away with generic toggle switch. Why manufacturers didnt put delay relays in the works when they decided to go with DRL was stupid. If I turn the bike off after a short ride to the bar or store, the bike has a hard time restarting. Some Chryslers, Volvo'*, and Saab'* have them but I have no idea of their schematics and doubt the contacts will take the amp load of HID.
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i've looked around for that relay you suggested venom and no local electronics store had it, not even one of the manufactuar'* dealers, but i tried making that little circuit thing and i'm not sure if i did something wrong, but it didn't work

so now i will checking dealers in other areas
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Ya, looking through that Dealer list, it looks more like a customer/user list. I'd call or email the manufacturer directly. All the relays I find in searches are $50-100

Found this for the do-it-yourselfer, it uses a Chrysler relay(part # included) and has a simple wiring schematic
http://www.vstar1100.com/headlight_delay.pdf

This setup would work if you tie in the low amp positive "energize" wire of the HID kit. Hey!, I found a solution for my V-Star while looking for a fix for you


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