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#966783 - 07/28/16 04:54 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Low beam went out today at 22,000 miles. I will have to figure out the replacement method tonight. I do remember replacing the bulbs on my ST1300 was a pain. Does anyone know if the RT is harder or easier than the ST1300?

Thanks,

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2006 Honda ST1300
2001 Ducati 996
1997 Honda CBR900RR
1991 Honda VFR750
1994 Honda CBR600F2
1978 Honda CB400 T2
#966804 - 07/28/16 10:13 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: AlanS.]  
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My low beam went out when pulling out of WhipFest in Salida. Didn't need it for the ride to Red Lodge. This was the Osram Nightbreaker bulb I had installed first for more output, then removed while fooling with the LED light. It went back in and didn't last long. Might be from the treatment of two installations.

Anyway, I carried the spare and replaced it in the parking lot at the Unrally. It can be done from the front of the bike and if you get good at the spring clips it is not hard at all. If your spring clips get bent from ham fisted attempts at loosening or installing, all bets are off!

#967109 - 08/01/16 07:17 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Only took about 15 minutes to replace and that is with a 3 year old helping. Took a few minutes longer than expected as I was expecting only one clip like on a Honda instead of the two clips.


2014 BMW R1200RT
2006 Honda ST1300
2001 Ducati 996
1997 Honda CBR900RR
1991 Honda VFR750
1994 Honda CBR600F2
1978 Honda CB400 T2
#968630 - 08/20/16 02:14 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: AlanS.]  
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Alan or anyone, if you do this from the front of the bike, tell me: exactly what is the direction to get the two clip wires freed? I can't tell from the manual picture.

#968635 - 08/20/16 04:10 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: NoelCP]  
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Toward the outside of the bike. But first they have to go forward just a bit to clear the channel they are captured in.

#968636 - 08/20/16 04:25 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted By: realshelby
Toward the outside of the bike. But first they have to go forward just a bit to clear the channel they are captured in.


Thanks for that thumbsup

#969547 - 08/31/16 02:06 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: realshelby]  
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Terry, do you happen to know if the hinge mechanism the retaining clip sits in is solid and not prone to falling apart? W/ my F800GT the spot where the wire hinge is absolutely prone to failure which is just a trough w/ a screw that holds the clip in the plastic trough so folks myself included came up w/ a different method to retain the clip so that it is not prone to falling apart. Once the trough cracked you had to do this modification or replace the entire reflector assembly.

#969549 - 08/31/16 02:54 PM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: NoelCP]  
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Here is a pic of it. Seems like a solid design.


#969592 - 09/01/16 01:33 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted By: realshelby
Here is a pic of it. Seems like a solid design.


Awesome awesome thanks for that--now I can see also how the clip retaining areas work a little better. Indeed, much more solid design for certain. Looks like you'd have to be a bit rough to kill it completely, the hinge mechanism that is. Just a little bit of finesse and you should be good to go.

Here's a picture of the horror that was the design in my F800GT that has been modified w/ the little loop of wire with the two fangs that now retain the clip reliably. You can see the front little nub that is part of the right side trough is broken off and when break even partly off the screw will no longer retain the wire. Normally the black screw is part of the design and it retains the wire clip on top the the clip wire laying in the very weak plastic trough.


Terry--which bike do you like to ride most, your WeeStrom or your RTLC?

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#970263 - 09/10/16 03:31 AM Re: Low Beam Bulb Replacement [Re: narcosis]  
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Just had the pleasure of replacing the low beam this morning, 8 minutes start to finish. The third time was definitely easier than the first.

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