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post #1 of 54 Old 04-16-2014, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Installing HID Lighting Upgrade

I bought a xenon HID upgrade kit from Amazon over the winter and figured while I am unable to ride recovering from my gall bladder removal surgery I would try to get the kit installed.

After installing one of these kits in my truck I am a huge fan of them, they are so much brighter and cleaner light than halogen (and get rid of the yellow tint to the light) and I feel make night driving so much safer. The added benefit on the bike is during the day they will be harder to miss.

The kit comes with 2 slim digital ballasts, 2 bixenon bulbs (that flip from low beam to high beam), and a wiring harness relay.

The kit I have is this one (9004): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Unfortunately there are a few issues with the kit, mainly that they expect you to ground each bulb at the bulb location. This is different the kit in my truck unfortunately. In a car this wouldnt be an issue but with the bike it obviously is. My plan is to run a ground wire from the battery along with the power wire and ground the bulbs to that wire.

I also will need to find a way to run the wireloom with the power wire and ground wire from the battery to the headlights.

The other thing that I need to work out is where to mount the slim digital ballasts. It looked like there was room to mount them inside the front fairing but I wasnt sure if this was safe.

Anyone with experience with these kits in the 2012+ ?

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I put the ballasts on both sides of the fairing frame near the main frame connection. This is not my bike or even the same model but it shows the same positions.


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I put the ballasts on both sides of the fairing frame near the main frame connection. This is not my bike or even the same model but it shows the same positions.

Ahhh, ok I see whats going on there. How much disassembly is required to do that? Does it require removing the entire gauge cluster?

Also, was your's like mine where it required a ground per light and how did you handle the ground?
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I took off the entire cowling to do the installation. I ran both power and ground to the battery.

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I took off the entire cowling to do the installation. I ran both power and ground to the battery.
Thanks, are you aware of any instructions on how to remove the cowling?
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Start with https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...oto-guide.html

From that point, there are two bolts holding the cowling frame to the main frame. The tab shown in the picture fits a slot in the main frame that holds the cowling frame in place when the bolts are removed. Then the unit is moved to the side to release. Of course the wiring connectors need to be separated first. The new wiring needs connectors in the same area. Also, an inner plastic part around the radiator must be removed from each side.

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Start with https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-20...oto-guide.html

From that point, there are two bolts holding the cowling frame to the main frame. The tab shown in the picture fits a slot in the main frame that holds the cowling frame in place when the bolts are removed. Then the unit is moved to the side to release. Of course the wiring connectors need to be separated first. The new wiring needs connectors in the same area. Also, an inner plastic part around the radiator must be removed from each side.
Oh wow so I must do a full tank removal?
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Oh wow so I must do a full tank removal?
I'm not saying you must. I'm saying I did it that way. I added a lot of stuff at once and changed colors so I did a full dis-assembly for best access.

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I'm not saying you must. I'm saying I did it that way. I added a lot of stuff at once and changed colors so I did a full dis-assembly for best access.
Ok thanks, I will play around with it tomorrow and see if I can avoid the full tank removal.
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you dont need to remove the fuel tank - remove all the tuper wear from both sides of the fuel tank and the whole front assembly slide out.

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