Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
I had a problem with the tail/brake light on a 2012 XCT. It was really odd and intermittent. Sometimes the entire tail light would work great. Sometimes the top half of the tail light LED bulbs would go out. The brake light always worked but each time I pressed the brake, it would change the behavior of the tail light bulbs. The tail/brake light assembly is sealed and not servicable. I replaced the entire unit. Of course, if you wanted to cut it open, you would probably find a broken 5 cent resistor on the circuit board. You woudl still have to fix the problem and then find a way to seal the unit against water again.
It is a royal pain to get the brake/tail light unit out of the bike. You have to partially remove the fender to access the removal bolts that are on the inside of the fender. I took off the bags, unscrewed the bag/guard mounting bracket bolts on both sides, removed the smaller bolts that hold the fender on (four of them I believe) and was then able to tilt the rear of the fender upwards allowing access to the brake/tail light bolts and the wire connector for the brake/tail light.
A new brake/tail light unit was somewhere around $150.
Our patriotic stable:
Red 2012 XCT (wife's bike in NC)
Red 2012 XCT (my bike for NC)
White with custom flames 2012 XCT (wife's bike in FL)
Blue custom fire on a black 2012 XCT (my bike in FL)
2006 HD Softail Heritage (my bike when I was in MI - sold in Oct, 2017 after putting 45,000 miles and 20 states and one province on it - My first big bike and most of us will always remember our first with fond memories)