|Ricky Stator 8" HID Race
by Martin Hackworth
Photos: Martin Hackworth, Ricky Stator
Ricky Stator 8" HID Race Light and High Output Stator are typical of the high quality
come to expect from RS.
watt HID light has been
described by a forest service fire spotter, at a distance of 30 miles,
as "an object of interest." At approximately 100 lumens per
the 8" Race Light provides a total output of about 5000 lumens. Daytime is about
lumens per square meter.
The light, frame and ballast are remarkably lightweight for their sturdy heft. The frame is powdercoated black and comes with a wiring harness and switch. The back of the light is coated black and light leakage is non-existent around the bulb or anywhere else. The unit is sealed and no water has penetrated the housing in spite of numerous stream crossings, mud bogs, rainstorms and car washes. The aiming knob on top is sturdy and easy to operate. Fit and finish are first rate. Numerous encounters with trees and rocks have us convinced that the entire assembly is bulletproof.
We had the stator and rectifier installed at Pocatello Power Sports. The HID system requires 50 watts DC so the stock stator on the CRF450X had to be replaced (we kept the stock 35-watt halogen light, installed a switch, and use it for general riding). We installed the RS light and wiring harness ourselves and found the installation to be straightforward except that there is insufficient clearance between the back of the bulb and the steering damper on a 09 CRF450X to prevent the wires from being pinched (we shimmed the mounts with some poly pipe to fix this).
There were some problems with the ballast and stator of the first system we received but Ricky Stator took care of everything and we've had zero problems since.
| Our RS light
continues to work in spite of dunkings, high-speed getoffs, a
on collision with a tree and
numerous encounters with rocks (flying and stationary). We are are
well-pleased with the color temperature, beam pattern and durability of
the Ricky Stator HID light. In
conjunction with two Trail
SCMR16 HID lights we've blazed
holes through the night. We
cannot recommend this system highly
RS 8" HID Race Light/Frame/Ballast Price Paid: $400.00 - Pocatello Power Sports
High Output Stator w Rectifier/Regulator Price Paid: $169.00 - Pocatello Power Sports
Note: The 8" HID Race light is not currently listed on the Ricky Stator website although they have a few in stock.
Rating: The future's so bright we gotta wear shades.