Kryakyn's New Xenon Headlamps - HID Lighting

High-Intensity-Discharge Lighting

1. The kit comes with one Xsighting Lighting 7-inch HID headlamp assembly and an adapter kit that includes one outer 7-inch ring, one inner 7-inch mount, a ballast mount bracket, a hardware kit with three adjustment springs, three 11/44-28 x 1-inch Fillister panhead screws, one panhead screw, one single-sided adhesive pad, an alcohol pad, and two 10-24 Nylok hex nuts.

2. Here is a look at both headlamps: The one on the left is the stock OEM headlamp, and the one on the right is the new one from Kryakyn.

3. The first thing we needed to do was remove the screw on the bottom of the OEM trim ring. This screw would not be reused. We pulled out on the bottom (forward), then lifted up (to unhook the spring) to remove this trim ring. The rubber gasket remained in the trim ring. Then we removed the wires from the plug.

4. Next, we installed the outer 7-inch ring in the reverse order from the way we removed the bucket assembly, making sure we had this mount turned so that the angled screw tab was on the bottom.

5. The ballast for the headlamp would be mounted on the inner ring. Since the ring was chromed, we needed to run a tap through the threads before we installed the screws.

6. With a bit of threadlocker, we secured the ballast to the bracket using the two 10-24 x 3/8-inch and two 10-24 Nylok hex nuts.

7. Then we secured the bracket using the two 11/44-inch-20 bolts to the lower right side of the outer 7-inch ring.

8. Next, we installed the inner 7-inch mounting ring using the supplied three 11/44-inch-28 Fillister panhead screws and adjustment springs. The spring goes between the outer ring and the inner mount. The screw at the five o'clock position can be snugged up. The screw at the 12 o'clock position adjusts the light vertically (up and down), and the one at the nine o'clock position adjusts the light's horizontal (side to side) movement. We also needed to cut three small pieces of foam adhesive to place on the ring to help with vibration between the ring and the headlamp.

9. From the ballast we reconnected the white, blue, and black wires from the headlamp into the appropriate location on the OEM plug (you should mark them, but if they're not marked, check the install sheet-it has an OEM diagram). Use electrical tape to isolate them, along with a few small pieces of heat-shrink to insulate these wires and secure them to the OEM plug. VERY IMPORTANT: If the black ground wire is plugged into the low-beam socket and the high beam is plugged in correctly, the lamp will short out and be deemed nonfunctional, thus voiding your warranty.

10. We placed the new headlamp in its proper mounting location while tucking the wires safely away. The lamp fits into notches in the inner ring to index the lamp and keep it from rotating. We secured the lamp with the retaining ring and the three screws that were removed but saved. On some bikes you may need to grind off a small amount from the end of the tabs so they fit inside the outer ring.

11. This next step is difficult to show in a photograph, but it's an integral part of the install. You will need a flat paved area that extends out from a vertical wall by about 35 feet. Park the bike level and square so the headlamp is 25 feet away from the wall. The bike will need to be standing in the riding position with the bars facing straight forward. Measure the distance from the ground to the center of the headlamp. Measure up on the wall the same height as to the center of the light. Mark this horizontal spot with a material such as duct tape. Measure from your headlamp to something from the side that can be measured on the wall-for example, the edge of the driveway or wall. Mark this spot on the front wall with tape to adjust the lamp side to side. Make sure you have your headlamp in the low-beam mode. When you turn on your headlamp, you will notice a distinct cut-off line.

12. Now that the light is properly adjusted, you can definitely see a difference. With the Kryakyn HID headlamp on the left and the OEM version on the right, it's fairly obvious that the Kryakyn HID lamp is much brighter.

Brighter is better when it comes to riding a motorcycle at night; for the most part, we want to see the road (and any nocturnal critters who might be on it). The stock H-D headlight works well but could still be brighter, and the guys at Kryakyn feel the same way. Kryakyn has teamed up with the folks at Xsighting Lighting, a division of Valeo Sylvania, to bring the unparalleled performance of high-intensity-discharge (HID) lighting to the motorcycle world. This headlamp has approximately three times more lumen output than a standard halogen H4 headlamp system, and it has both high- and low-beam functions with a very intense wide-beam pattern. This headlamp also reduces current draw and operates at 35 watts (or 2.73 amps); the draw is 47-percent less than a standard halogen unit. The Kryakyn headlamps cost around $489, and the style is unique to Xsighting Lighting for Kryakyn.

We wanted to test one of these units on our '04 Road King. As it turns out, the 7-inch headlamp fits all '80-'06 FLHT models (FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCU, and so on) and '94-'06 Road King models, making for a simple bolt-on install.