How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A


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How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby glk17l » Mon May 14, 2012 3:24 pm



How do you change the head lamp on an '82 GL1100A?



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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 15, 2012 10:07 am

It's actually quite a bit easier than you would think.

First, remove the set screw on the side of the headlight adjustment knob on the back of the fairing, then pull the knob off:

Headlight adjustment knob
Headlight adjustment knob


Next, you'll see a locknut, lock washer and a washer on the shaft. Remove the locknut and washers.

Headlight locknut and washer
Headlight locknut and washer


The headlight can then be pulled out from the front of the fairing. Be careful, because there is nothing holding the headlight in once you remove the locknut - so you may want to have a helper hold the headlight in the fairing (or do it yourself if you have long arms) when you remove the locknut.

Once the headlight is removed, you can remove the bulb from the back of the headlight and replace it. Careful not to touch the glass of the new bulb with your fingers (if you do, then clean the bulb with rubbing alcohol to remove any oil or fingerprints before installing it).

Reinstallation is the reverse of removal.

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby glk17l » Tue May 15, 2012 11:16 am

Thank you for the info. That seems easy enough. I thought I would have to dismantle the inside of the fairing.
Thanks, glk17l.

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby petethedrummer » Thu May 24, 2012 12:24 am

Is that a Phillips screw in the knob?
I cant seem to make it move.. too many years...
Will I have to bust the knob off?

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 24, 2012 9:23 am

petethedrummer wrote:Is that a Phillips screw in the knob?
I cant seem to make it move.. too many years...
Will I have to bust the knob off?


Yes, it's a Philips screw, and you will have trouble removing it without using the screw - the shaft is aluminum, and the screw goes right into the shaft. Try some PB Blaster on the screw, then a small manual impact screw driver, should free it up. It really shouldn't be that tight.

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby glk17l » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:44 am

I want to thank everyone for thier replies. It was a lot easier than anticipated.

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby FlashBack » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:29 am

WingAdmin wrote:It's actually quite a bit easier than you would think.

First, remove the set screw on the side of the headlight adjustment knob on the back of the fairing, then pull the knob off:

Headlight knob step 1.gif


Next, you'll see a locknut, lock washer and a washer on the shaft. Remove the locknut and washers.

Headlight knob step 2.gif


The headlight can then be pulled out from the front of the fairing. Be careful, because there is nothing holding the headlight in once you remove the locknut - so you may want to have a helper hold the headlight in the fairing (or do it yourself if you have long arms) when you remove the locknut.

Once the headlight is removed, you can remove the bulb from the back of the headlight and replace it. Careful not to touch the glass of the new bulb with your fingers (if you do, then clean the bulb with rubbing alcohol to remove any oil or fingerprints before installing it).

Reinstallation is the reverse of removal.

Is it the same proces for an 83 GL1100i?

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:15 am

FlashBack wrote:Is it the same proces for an 83 GL1100i?


It's the same process for any GL1100 with an OEM Honda fairing.

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby FlashBack » Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:42 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
FlashBack wrote:Is it the same proces for an 83 GL1100i?


It's the same process for any GL1100 with an OEM Honda fairing.


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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby aznyaz » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:32 pm

OK, I was all ready to have this done in like 10 minutes, but as is the case, it's never that easy. I removed everything as shown above but I wasn't lucky enough to have the headlight just pull out. Has anyone had any issues with the headlight assembly not wanting to come out of the fairing? It just seems like there's more to loosened or taken off before the headlight will pull out. Looking for answers.

MJ

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:44 am

aznyaz wrote:OK, I was all ready to have this done in like 10 minutes, but as is the case, it's never that easy. I removed everything as shown above but I wasn't lucky enough to have the headlight just pull out. Has anyone had any issues with the headlight assembly not wanting to come out of the fairing? It just seems like there's more to loosened or taken off before the headlight will pull out. Looking for answers.

MJ


No, literally the only thing holding the headlight in place is that nut on the adjustment knob shaft. The first time I took mine out, I undid that nut and the headlight literally fell out of the fairing. The only thing that kept it from hitting the ground and smashing were the wires still connected (barely) to the back of it. That's why I recommended holding on to the headlight before removing this.

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Re: How to change the headlight on an '82 GL1100A

Postby aznyaz » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:58 pm

Well, I got to spend a little more time on my headlight and removed it by putting the nut back on the first few threads of the mounting shaft and using a long screwdriver against a socket on the nut and leveraging from the steering head counter weight and the socket, and it popped out pretty easily. It seemed the headlight assembly was just slightly tight in the slots it slides into in the headlight area of the fairing. Scratching my head as to why it's like that but not losing sleep over it.




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