How to remove and reinstall your headlight


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How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:41 am



Taken from the service manual:

REMOVAL
With fairing:
Rotate the right and left rear view mirrors on mirror mounts about 90° as shown.
Remove the rear view mirrors by removing the attaching bolts.

Without fairing:
Remove the right and left blind covers from the fairing.
Remove the windshield trim mount bolts.

GL1200 Headlight replacement 1
GL1200 Headlight replacement 1

Remove the windshield trim by lifting it with screwdriver.
NOTE: Protect the headlight with shop towel to prevent damaging the headlight lens.

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GL1200 Headlight replacement 2

Remove the headlight garnish.
Remove the headlight mounting bolts.
Remove the headlight garnish bracket and trim holder.

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GL1200 Headlight replacement 3

Remove the three screws and disconnect the beam adjusting cable from the headlight.
Disconnect the headlight coupler and position light wires and remove the headlight.

GL1200 Headlight replacement 4
GL1200 Headlight replacement 4

INSTALLATION
Connect the headlight coupler, position light wire and beam adjusting cable to the headlight.
Install the headlight, trim holder bracket and garnish bracket.
Install the headlight garnish.

GL1200 Headlight replacement 5
GL1200 Headlight replacement 5

Latch the windshield trim into position by pushing it down on top.

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GL1200 Headlight replacement 6

With fairing:
Install the right and left rear view mirrors.
Install the boots onto mirrors.
Adjust the headlight beam if necessary.

Without fairing:
Install the windshield trim mount bolts and tighten it securely.
Install the right and left blind covers.
Adjust the headlight beam if necessary.

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GL1200 Headlight replacement 7




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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by Kris » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:51 pm

I have an 1987 GL1200, and the lights are not bright enough for me at night. I put running lights on, from a Harley, and it drained my battery. Any suggestions as to a fix for this. I was going to upgrade the bulb, will that be enough?

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:04 am

Kris wrote:I have an 1987 GL1200, and the lights are not bright enough for me at night. I put running lights on, from a Harley, and it drained my battery. Any suggestions as to a fix for this. I was going to upgrade the bulb, will that be enough?
You might also want to check the reflector itself. Some of the GL1200's have a degraded reflector, where the "shiny bit" on the back has become dim or melted away, and is no longer actually reflecting light out the front of the light.

If the reflector is in OK shape, the best thing you could really do is to replace the bulb with a HID kit. They put out a tremendous amount of light, drawing less power than the original OEM bulb.

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by Kris » Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:29 pm

Thanks, I will check the reflector. I was going to go to the blue light bulb. Will that cause issues, or must I put the kit in?

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:04 pm

Kris wrote:Thanks, I will check the reflector. I was going to go to the blue light bulb. Will that cause issues, or must I put the kit in?
I don't know that it will help your night vision much - nowhere near like what a HID bulb would do. HID bulbs will put out triple the brightness and last at least three times as long.

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by Kris » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:56 pm

Thanks, that is good to know, and I will check into them. Night vision is my concern. It is very limited with the old lights, and I live north, andin the middle of deer country.

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:58 pm

Kris wrote:Thanks, that is good to know, and I will check into them. Night vision is my concern. It is very limited with the old lights, and I live north, andin the middle of deer country.
Honestly, the difference between the original headlight and a HID light is like night and day.

Talk to Cyclemax - they have a HID kit for the GL1200 that is fairly easy to install. I put the same kit in my wife's PC800, and the difference is huge:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1000_ ... 105/218610



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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by Kris » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:17 pm

Thak ou so much, this has been very helpful, and I am going to get one of these lights for my bike. I love to take her out at night. It will now be a pleasure. Kris

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by Phunnybone » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:17 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:58 pm
Kris wrote:Thanks, that is good to know, and I will check into them. Night vision is my concern. It is very limited with the old lights, and I live north, andin the middle of deer country.
Honestly, the difference between the original headlight and a HID light is like night and day.

Talk to Cyclemax - they have a HID kit for the GL1200 that is fairly easy to install. I put the same kit in my wife's PC800, and the difference is huge:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1000_ ... 105/218610

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Can you still use the headlight modulator with the HID kit?

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:27 pm

Phunnybone wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:17 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:58 pm
Kris wrote:Thanks, that is good to know, and I will check into them. Night vision is my concern. It is very limited with the old lights, and I live north, andin the middle of deer country.
Honestly, the difference between the original headlight and a HID light is like night and day.

Talk to Cyclemax - they have a HID kit for the GL1200 that is fairly easy to install. I put the same kit in my wife's PC800, and the difference is huge:

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1000_ ... 105/218610

SCMH1HK.JPG
Can you still use the headlight modulator with the HID kit?
No. Modulators cannot be used with HID bulbs.

You could look at using an LED bulb however. I use a modulator with my LED headlight.

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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by wiretician » Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:19 am

WingAdmin,
I've been searching for the answer to that very question, modulator with an LED headlight. As I already have the modulator on my 1200. I was wanting to get my headlight to match the headlight marker lights on each side(they are LED), and the driving/fog lights, instead of that dingy yellowish light of incandescent. Also match the cornering lights I'm tinkering with. 8ish years ago when I started putting LEDs on the wing, the driving H3 replacements for driving/fog lights weren't very bright, as technology has progressed, they have gotten brighter (now available at 100w). Likewise for the LED headlights, they weren't very good in the beginning, but eventually somebody figures it out and voila! Was there any special wiring or configuring, or was it plug and play? Which LED did you use?
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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:23 am

wiretician wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:19 am
WingAdmin,
I've been searching for the answer to that very question, modulator with an LED headlight. As I already have the modulator on my 1200. I was wanting to get my headlight to match the headlight marker lights on each side(they are LED), and the driving/fog lights, instead of that dingy yellowish light of incandescent. Also match the cornering lights I'm tinkering with. 8ish years ago when I started putting LEDs on the wing, the driving H3 replacements for driving/fog lights weren't very bright, as technology has progressed, they have gotten brighter (now available at 100w). Likewise for the LED headlights, they weren't very good in the beginning, but eventually somebody figures it out and voila! Was there any special wiring or configuring, or was it plug and play? Which LED did you use?
Which LED headlight marker lights did you use?
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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by wiretician » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:17 pm

Had to look back in ebay. But here it is: 2X BA9S 1819 5 Cree XB-D R3 LED Interior Lamp Door Wedge Marker Light Auto ZK007 One note though, it just touches the lens, but sense it is LED, it doesn't get hot and won't hurt the lens.


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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:27 am

Thanks. Will look into this. The marker lights I have will not pull out. The bulb is too big for the opening - don't know how it was installed.


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Re: How to remove and reinstall your headlight

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:21 pm

wiretician wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:19 am
WingAdmin,
I've been searching for the answer to that very question, modulator with an LED headlight. As I already have the modulator on my 1200. I was wanting to get my headlight to match the headlight marker lights on each side(they are LED), and the driving/fog lights, instead of that dingy yellowish light of incandescent. Also match the cornering lights I'm tinkering with. 8ish years ago when I started putting LEDs on the wing, the driving H3 replacements for driving/fog lights weren't very bright, as technology has progressed, they have gotten brighter (now available at 100w). Likewise for the LED headlights, they weren't very good in the beginning, but eventually somebody figures it out and voila! Was there any special wiring or configuring, or was it plug and play? Which LED did you use?
I have the SocalMotoGear Pathfinder LED Headlights. You can't use a regular headlight modulator on LEDs, because it will flash them instead of modulate them, which is illegal. You need a modulator specifically designed for LED headlights. I have a Kisan PathBlazer, the version made for LED headlights.



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