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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-19-2018, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought a beautiful LED headlight at Daytona Bikeweek to replace the HID (low beam only) light on my 2011 X-country. I happily unscrewed the current light only to discover that the HID has a completely different plug and comes with a ballast. Before I screw something up, am I correct in assuming the ballast needs to be removed and I somehow need to get the original plug back on the low beam wiring? Any advise is appreciated.

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If you have the factory HID headlight, you should also have the 'regular' headlight connections in your fairing wire harness. When you remove the fairing you should be able to find them. Removing just the headlight may not give you access to everything. Yes, the entire headlight assembly, the ballast and the ballast wiring will be removed.

As an aside, the factory HID is a lot better headlight than an LED headlight. The HID spreads a lot of light low and to the sides as well as down the road. The LED has such a focused beam of light as to leave the sides devoid of anything. Hence the 'adaptive' LED headlight which tries to make up for the loss of LED light low and wide. I have a 2012 CCT with the factory HID and would not want to trade it in for any LED system I've ever seen.

When you remove your factory HID headlight and ballast with the wiring, let me know as I may be a candidate for another spare factory HID system. If it's an aftermarket HID system, I'd not be interested in it at all.
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I put LED's in my 2014 CCT and all I did was take out the other bulbs and put in the new and it all Pluged in. The LED's did have a bigger base and I had to cut out a brace in back of headlight area so they would work, which took some time, and I had to move some wires around too to make room but I did it and like my LED Headlight. I think I did a post on the installation and showed where I cut out but can't remember cause I'm old. I think this is the picture of what I did. Maybe I helped you a little bit. Hope it works out ok for you and the light you have..
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Thanks for the quick reply Mark, I will remove the fairing and see what I can find, fingers crossed.
Once I remove the HID kit, I'll take a picture of it so you can see if you want it.
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Thanks Olddad, in this case I believe Mark's reply is closer to what I need.

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FWIW....My combo is an LED in the low beam so I don't dazzle oncoming and an HID in the high beam. I'm liking it.

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Remove and unplug the HID bulb and ballast. The LED should plug in where the HID was plugged. The plugs are labeled upper and lower. The upper is the low beam.
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Remove the fairing and look for a yellow and a black wire H11 connector. It will be along the left side as you face the bike. You might be able find it by following the high beam wires, which are green and black. You can leave the HID stuff alone or remove it, as you wish.

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Im using and love Crossroads VICTORY HID systems on both hi and lo beams.
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I also have the Victory HID only on high beam now. There is no better light out there. I had it on the low beam which I liked but the ballast went on me so I went back to the Original bulb. You cannot beat the HID at night. Paul from Ottawa did a video comparing the different lights.

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