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DIY for the GothamCycles 55w HID kit

DIY for the GothamCycles 55w HID kit Plus LED running lights

DIY for the GothamCycles 55w HID kit Plus LED running lights
A big thanks to GothamCycles. Very responsive to questions and their shipping was lightening fast.
My order shipped on 10/16 and I received the package on 10/17.
NOTE: when I say right side that is the side with the clutch. Left side = the side with the brakes.

Here is a picture of what you get. The LEDs are not included in the kit. If you want them, let them know and pay a little extra.



Before replacing the running lights only:


After replacing the running lights only:


Install is easy on the left side. It was a little involved on the right.
Left side:
A quarter turn counter clockwise and remove the cover.
You will see the running light socket and the wires for it.


Pull on the wires carefully and the socket will come off.


Pull the OEM bulb and store it somewhere. Install the LED bulb. NOTE: test to see if it lights up before you reassemble the socket into the headlight. If not inserted correctly, it won’t light up. If that happens, turn off switch, pull bulb, reinsert it by turning the base 180 and try again.


Looks good!


to be continued...

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Right side:
There is only one cover for the headlight and running light bulbs. So, there is little space to maneuver. Specially if you don’t have kids hands. I don’t. I found it was best to unplug the headlight bulb and then use needle pliers to pull on the wires for the running light bulb (carefully).


The rest is the same as when you do the other side.
Finished product (LEDs only):




Alright, we are done with the LEDs for the running lights and now we proceed with the HID Kit. It is the same process for left or right side. You can use either bulb for high or low beam. Remove the bulb cap and make a 1 inch hole. Looks like I need new bits and drill… all rusted!


The cover after making the hole:


The OEM bulb is held by this wire assembly. Push each side of the wire in the direction of the red arrows to be able to lift the wire assembly and remove the OEM bulb.
NOTE: do not touch the glass on the OEM bulb. Grab it by the base and I suggest you reuse the shipping case for the HID bulbs to store these bulbs. These bulbs get hot and the grease from your finger will burn... if you ever reuse them.


Prepare the new wire harness as in picture below:

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Secure the HID bulb with the wire assembly and then connect the HID spade wires to the bike wiring socket. NOTE: before you close the bulb cover, test the light and ensure it comes on. If not, you have the wires backwards so disconnect and connect them again.


Checkpoint: to compare OEM bulb and HID bulb.


Repeat on the other side. By now, you will have wired both sides and you are now left with the task of hiding this:


How you hide the wires is now up to you. I used double sided tape to secure the ballasts to the fairings. I also used cable ties to try to keep wires together and away from moving parts.
Left side:


Right side:


Just about done...

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After I was done, my wiring was hidden and you can barely see the ballasts.
Go get a cold one and admire the Final product:






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Effin cool... Can't wait for mine to get here thx for the write up

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Effin cool... Can't wait for mine to get here thx for the write up
Sometimes I hate living in Germany, shipping takes so much longer. Can't wait!

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WOW amazing write-up, you did a great job. Install looks awesome and the LEDs look like they match well.

To my APO buds above should be there soon! All trackings were updates in Paypal when it shipped if you want to check

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WOW amazing write-up, you did a great job. Install looks awesome and the LEDs look like they match well.

To my APO buds above should be there soon! All trackings were updates in Paypal when it shipped if you want to check
USPS tracking to APO ends once it leaves the states, hopefully it'll come in on Monday
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True forgot about that, well at least you knew when it left USA and its USPS priority if that gives you a better idea of timeframe. Hope it comes Monday for sure.

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By the way, do not be deceived thinking these lights are blue. The camera cannot really capture the true color. On the pics, they look blueish. But they are really white with a small touch of blue.
One thing is for sure, no more yellowish lights.

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