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Any suggestions? I installed a bike masters HID low beam system and the radio has lost reception....

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Had the same problem with my hi bean install,

What I have found is that the subframe to mount the fairing is not grounded and the HID module is noisy electrically. What you need to do is make a faraday cage and ground it to the battery.

A faraday cage is a grounded enclosure wrapping the noise, in this case the HID module. I used a some thin conductive tin and soldered a wire to the outside and grounded it to the battery. Once the HID box is grounded the noise is greatly reduced. and the radio should work fairly well.

Another bit, make sure your wires going to the headlight ad not wrapped in the OEM harness routing is key. If routing will not solve the noise issue the wires will have to be shielded as well.. Make sure to use a singe point ground or all you will do is create an antenna and radiate more noise.

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I haven't tried the radio since I installed mine. I use an iPod. I'll certainly check it out now, though.

I did notice that turning on high beams kills the radio completely. It runs fine once I turn it back on.

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Any suggestions? I installed a bike masters HID low beam system and the radio has lost reception....

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you should say what model and year bike you have so we can better understand whats going on

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Did you lose reception completely? Even the worst HID ballasts should not be able to fully kill you reception, so if it's completely gone, I would suggest making sure the radio antenna did not mistakenly get unplugged during your install.

If you have some reception with lots of noise and static, that's just the quality of the ballast you've got. Try to move it away from your stereo as much as possible.

By the way, the radio shutting off, that's a totally different issue, related to available current through the stock harness, and has nothing to do with how well the ballast is insulated.

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Glad I paid the price and chose the Victory brand HID headlight kit. No problems, DOT legal and covered under the Victory warranty as well.

I had read to many problems with these cheap Chinese kits causing radios to not work properly and even the head light just stop working while you are riding.
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Glad I paid the price and chose the Victory brand HID headlight kit. No problems, DOT legal and covered under the Victory warranty as well.

I had read to many problems with these cheap Chinese kits causing radios to not work properly and even the head light just stop working while you are riding.
Not sure how you compare your low beam HID to someone else's aftermarket high beam HID. You have a halogen high beam, so if you want to compare, you should state how you like the dim, washed out light you get from your stock halogen. ;-)

There are proven options for aftermarket HID, but as the original post said, this fella experimented with something else.

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The light works GREAT!! The VIC HID system is over $400.00 and the bike masters kit that the "Victory Dealer" sold me was $70.00...... I think I'll take the time to move things around and make it work.... Thanks for everyones help, I'll mess with it tonight and let you know how I make out.
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Not sure how you compare your low beam HID to someone else's aftermarket high beam HID. You have a halogen high beam, so if you want to compare, you should state how you like the dim, washed out light you get from your stock halogen. ;-)

There are proven options for aftermarket HID, but as the original post said, this fella experimented with something else.
I have no complaints about my high beam, the halogen lights up the night very well.

When you purchase the Victory branded kit you get the following:

1. Ballast with mounting bracket.

2. New headlight bucket assembly designed for a HID light that is DOT legal.

Time to install this plug and play set up is 15 minutes tops.

Advantage of Victory factory HID kit is it works without any radio interference, the HID light does not stop working while you are riding and it is DOT legal.

Quality costs money.
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