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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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Sorry...2013 cct
 

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

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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....thumb up 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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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.
So do my kits - no radio interference. They also install in less than 15 minutes, and come with lifetime warranty, at a cost of about 10% of the factory kit.

DOT is not quality. DOT is additional paperwork which costs money, and that cost is ultimately passed to you. ;)
 

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CR, Installed two of your kits in my XCT Hi and Lo, they work great 100% better than stock. But I knew that going in as my Gold Wing had 6 HID on her. Talk about day light.

I did have radio issue swiththe High beam when it first came on, but after a little Work ( Installing a faraday cage) it works great now.

Good kit, great price.

Factory no but 1/10 of the price for the same performance is good by me.
 

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CR, Installed two of your kits in my XCT Hi and Lo, they work great 100% better than stock. But I knew that going in as my Gold Wing had 6 HID on her. Talk about day light.

I did have radio issue swiththe High beam when it first came on, but after a little Work ( Installing a faraday cage) it works great now.

Good kit, great price.

Factory no but 1/10 of the price for the same performance is good by me.
What radio issues were you having? My radio shuts off when I hit the high beam.
 

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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.
Agreed,
When we ride at night, I always get picked to ride point because my hi-beam is so much brighter than my riding buddies. I just have the stock halogen. Big difference between low and high beams on the 2013 CC.
Initially, I thought I might want to spring for the HID, but after several night rides, I don't have any plans to switch. Happy with the stock set-up.

Been sinking too much money into the stereo anyway. Think I'm done with upgrades for a while. Next ones will be performance upgrades, although, I'm pretty happy with stock set-up there as well. Thought I would want louder pipes, but I'm kind of liking the quiet cruising and tunes. Does that mean I'm getting OLD??????:confused:
 

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OK...WHO CAN GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT????
After disconnecting the HID kit to confirm that the lack of radio reception was due to the placement of the ballast (It was), I decided to reconnect it and move the ballast to different positions while the radio was on in order to determine the best spot.... I covered all wires and put the protective cover back on the bulb so it would not come in contact with any other service.... Sounds like I got everything covered, right? Well sometimes covering things isn't such a great idea...... What do you think happened????
 

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Agreed,
When we ride at night, I always get picked to ride point because my hi-beam is so much brighter than my riding buddies. I just have the stock halogen. Big difference between low and high beams on the 2013 CC.
Initially, I thought I might want to spring for the HID, but after several night rides, I don't have any plans to switch. Happy with the stock set-up.
The stock low beam (at least on the XC) is one of the worst in the industry for a new bike. One of my first rides on the new XC was with a mixed group of bikes including some HD's and Honda's. We ended up riding some country back roads at night, and my XC was easily the worst in the group for low beam lighting. That alone was enough for me to make the switch.
 

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What radio issues were you having? My radio shuts off when I hit the high beam.
Check for a clean battery connection first, make sure it is tight.

My issue was the radio would static out and then shut down. Static was caused by the Ballast. Shutting down by a dirty loose battery connection.
 

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OK...WHO CAN GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT????
After disconnecting the HID kit to confirm that the lack of radio reception was due to the placement of the ballast (It was), I decided to reconnect it and move the ballast to different positions while the radio was on in order to determine the best spot.... I covered all wires and put the protective cover back on the bulb so it would not come in contact with any other service.... Sounds like I got everything covered, right? Well sometimes covering things isn't such a great idea...... What do you think happened????
Depends on what you mean by covered? a Faraday cage doesn't have to be solid. a close wire mesh works great and allows for air flow.
 

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Check for a clean battery connection first, make sure it is tight.

My issue was the radio would static out and then shut down. Static was caused by the Ballast. Shutting down by a dirty loose battery connection.
I was pretty careful, but I'll re-connect everything to make sure.
 

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The stock low beam (at least on the XC) is one of the worst in the industry for a new bike. One of my first rides on the new XC was with a mixed group of bikes including some HD's and Honda's. We ended up riding some country back roads at night, and my XC was easily the worst in the group for low beam lighting. That alone was enough for me to make the switch.
the low beam on mine was good but not adjusted properly when i got the bike so it looked bad. but the victoryhid.com kit is a huge difference over stock and i would do it again in a heartbeat!! I also suggest to anyone converting, do both hi and lo beams, i didnt on my vegas and kicked myself everytime i would turn on the hi beam. The hid lo beam is brighter!

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