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Here's a step by step install of a slim ballast HID kit for my 12 848 EVO Corse SE.
Time to pay if forward.....
1) Here's the HID kit laid out
2) Here shows the back view of the headlight cover.
3) Headlight cover removed showing the original H11 bulb installed.
4) Original bulb removed.
5) HID bulb installed in socket.
6) All connections plugged together. This part should be fairly easy as the connectors only go in one way. Piece them together as you see here. Zoom in when in doubt.
7) There may be other kits available and different versions available from the same company so this part is a brand by brand basis. The kit i'm showing you is the latest version from Xentec. You're going to need to grind off the four "legs" from the ballast box so that the box squared off and will clear the sides of the headlight housing as you're sliding it in. I used a grinder with my air compressor but a file will do just fine. It's plastic so it should be fairly easy.
8) This photo shows the "grounded off" box compared to the original ballast
9) Now slide the ballast into the top part of the headlight housing. It's a very tight fit so put some effort into it but don't push too hard where the veins on your neck starts to pulsate. When in doubt, take it back out and look inside to make sure there's clearance and no wire getting in the way.
10) Here's a view of the ballast pushed in.
 

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11) Now tuck in all of the connectors and wires as far in as possible so that you can install the back cover back in with ease.
12) Back headlight cover reinstalled back in. Look how nice and original it looks. No unsightly wires sticking out. Man, gotta love those Duc engineers. :yeah:
13) Finished product.

The entire install took roughly around 25 mins and that included preparation, grinding and rechecking my work. All in all probably the easiest and cheapest mod you can do to your Duc.
Oh yeah... the kit was purchased from Ebay for $30.00! The 848 uses the H11 bulb for both low beam and high beam so you only have to purchase 1 kit.
Good luck.
 

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Have you had any problems with your install? I want to upgrade to HIDs, but hate have to put the ballast elsewhere and wires everywhere.
 

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Have you had any problems with your install? I want to upgrade to HIDs, but hate have to put the ballast elsewhere and wires everywhere.
It's been 3 months now and so far so good. I'm going to leave it and see if the ones that had issues with are "one offs".
 

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Looks great! Please characterize the night time riding. Is this a "massive" improvement in night time visibility, even without a specific projector installed?

Is Ebay Item # 300448328108 this kit?

Thank You,
Jim
 

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Guys - I bought the Ebay kit for $32.00 I installed it just like the gentleman above noted. The only exception I would add is that I actually dremeled the corners of the ballast to get it to slip further into the housing/cover. All wires hidden. The kit looks nice!

I went for a ride in my neighborhood at night and the HID is nice, but not earth-shadering better. For a simple bulb replacement, this is a good deal. IF you are looking for s SUPER BRIGHT system, then you may need more than the 35W setup.

However for $32.00 its a good deal and brighter for sure than stock. Low and High beams.
Jim
 

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- Edit to the post above: After adjusting the headlight aiming points.... it is now like riding in daylight! The Low-beam was pointed very low, and the high beam was pointing very high. After raising the low, and lowering the high, the lights looks absolutely fantastic!
Jim
 

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Glad it worked out for you Jim. Isn't it great that such an improvement in lighting performance and appearance can cost next to nothing?
 
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