Replace hi beam light "boot" on GL1800


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Replace hi beam light "boot" on GL1800

Postby redbear7938 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:44 am



I replaced my high beams with LEDs for a cleaner white look. Now I cannot for the life of me get the water tight boot back over the back of the light socket on the left side. I'm inclined to leave it off as there are plenty of other electrical connections there and they don't seem to be getting wet. What are your thoughts and tips about putting the boot back on or leaving it off?



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Re: Replace hi beam light "boot" on GL1800

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:16 pm

redbear7938 wrote:I replaced my high beams with LEDs for a cleaner white look. Now I cannot for the life of me get the water tight boot back over the back of the light socket on the left side. I'm inclined to leave it off as there are plenty of other electrical connections there and they don't seem to be getting wet. What are your thoughts and tips about putting the boot back on or leaving it off?


I would try my best to get it back on. It's somewhat to keep things dry, but it's also to keep dust from getting inside the light, where it is difficult if not impossible to clean out. If you're having trouble getting it around, try wiping a bit of dish soap around the inside, to help it slide in place. Then when that dries, it will be solid and won't slip off.

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Re: Replace hi beam light "boot" on GL1800

Postby MikeB » Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:46 pm

I used a light application of silicone lube spray to the inside of the boot. That allowed the boot to slip over the shroud and socket easily. I would be cautious of using dish soap on any metal parts with out cleaning it off when you are finished. I've left dish soap on metal before and it did a nasty job of corroding the metal.
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Re: Replace hi beam light "boot" on GL1800

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:08 pm

MikeB wrote:I used a light application of silicone lube spray to the inside of the boot. That allowed the boot to slip over the shroud and socket easily. I would be cautious of using dish soap on any metal parts with out cleaning it off when you are finished. I've left dish soap on metal before and it did a nasty job of corroding the metal.


That's true, but the boot is up over plastic, not metal. The problem with the silicone lube is that it stays slippery - and you don't want the boot working its way off after the fact.




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