changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright


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changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby gregstevens49 » Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:19 am



how do i remove the head light on my honda gl1100, to change the lamp, it is very low on illumination



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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby Overdog » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:46 pm

It would help if we knew if you had a standard (no fairing) a Honda fairing or a Windjammer. You may find that changing the bulb doesn't help (unless you put in a higher wattage bulb). our bikes are over 30 years old and the reflectors in the headlight become faded. LOTS of options out there for a standard 7" motorcycle headlight

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:09 pm

here's what i did to change out my 33 year old g/w with its fairing headlight because of it not throwing a far or bright enough beam of light...........http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-DOT-H4-CRYSTA ... 3cca5fc572

it fit perfectly and the beam is so bright, even in the day time the cars coming from the opposite direction sometimes flash their high beams thinking i have my high beam on, and at night i can see 50% farther down the road, and with the high beam on, its almost 3 times the distance.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby chrisz » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:36 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:here's what i did to change out my 33 year old g/w with its fairing headlight because of it not throwing a far or bright enough beam of light...........http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-DOT-H4-CRYSTA ... 3cca5fc572
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Stuart, can you show photos of your light installed, the eBay posting doesn't show how the headlight assembly attaches to the bike (wings?).

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby roadwanderer2 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:03 pm

chrisz wrote:
roadwanderer2 wrote:here's what i did to change out my 33 year old g/w with its fairing headlight because of it not throwing a far or bright enough beam of light...........http://www.ebay.com/itm/7-DOT-H4-CRYSTA ... 3cca5fc572
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Stuart, can you show photos of your light installed, the eBay posting doesn't show how the headlight assembly attaches to the bike (wings?).


sorry, i have no photos of how i did this, but you can use the "how-to article to remove the entire headlight from the fairing. i used to walk me thru replacing my 83 aspy headlight............viewtopic.php?f=11&t=11359 once you get it out of the fairing, there is a clip on the back of the bulb that releases the element from the bulb lens, once the element is removed, you simply put the new one into the back side of the bulb lens,(BTW, do NOT touch the glass surface of the bulb element!!!) and put the clip back into its original position. to remove the headlight lens from its trim ring chrome housing, there are 2 or 3 small Philips screws. remove them and pull the trim ring off the front and replace the entire bulb lens and screw the trim ring back into place. there might also be a trim ring spring that you have to take off and put back on once the bulb lens and trim ring are back together. this will work providing you have the interstate fairing. now im not sure about this installation for a std wing or a wing with a vetter fairing on it. here is a photo of what it looks like once i installed the new bulb and lens. i'll take a better photo in the daylight tomorrow so you can see it better.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby chrisz » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:05 pm

Thanks Stuart. I was hoping you at least had a photo of the headlight by itself that would show the mounting points to the bike. Mine is a standard model and I was interested in a similar headlight but with better light output. Your response to the OP made me exited as the price of the light assembly was reasonable.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:46 pm

you mention you have a standard 83 1100. ok, standard, no fairing just headlight bucket "ears". first, remove the headlight bucket from the ears, and post a pic of the back of the headlight so i can see it. i need to see if you have the hold down clip on the back of the lightbulb lens that goes over the bulb element or if its all one piece. that way i can figure out what type of bulb/element you'll need.

i took a look at some 1100 standards and there is no fairing on them just headlight bucket attachment ears. now i need to see what the back of that headlight looks like.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:54 pm

ok, after some research i found a diagram of what your headlight looks like broken down into parts.................http://www.cmsnl.com/honda-gl1100-goldw ... ml#results the one on the left is what yours looks like once you remove it from the bucket. from this diagram, we can find the correct bulb element and element housing to fit your bike's headlight assembly.

let me know once you've taken your headlight out of the bucket if it resembles whats shown in the diagram as far as the bulb element and retaining clip.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby chrisz » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:10 pm

My headlight assembly is the standard type where it attaches with the bucket ears. The bulb itself is retained with the spring as you indicated and covered with a rubber cover. I've replaced the bulb a couple of times. Most of the wiring is also hidden withing the bucket. The eBay website you provided the link to, (shows the bucket assembly from the front only) and they mention it will be provided with a bulb. But will that bucket assembly attach to the bucket ears that are on my bike?

Did you want to see a photo of what is currently on my bike? I don't want to dismantle the light assembly as may be riding tomorrow, but can take a photo of the outside..

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:25 pm

no, its not necessary to take any photos. disregard the "how-to" article on removing the headlight. on your bike it doesn't apply. the original link i posted for the headlight and element from eBay should be the same bulb lens and bulb element that you'll need to install into your bike's headlight bucket. simply unscrew the headlight from your bucket, unplug it from the 3 wire plug, remove the screws that hold the headlight inside the chrome trim ring, remove the rubber grommet that sits over the element tabs, remove the clip that holds the element into the bulb lens remove the element, and put the new element into the lens and put everything back in the reverse order that you take it off. don't forget, don't touch the new element with your fingers. any kind of oils or grease residue thats on your fingers will burn the element out very quickly.

where it has "make offer" in the listing, offer him $17.00 US and im sure he'll take it. if not, increase your offer by $1.00 US. i always offer about $4.00 to $5.00 less than what the listing price is. most times they take my offer.

stuart.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:06 pm

Raodwanderer I took your word that it is plug and play. I am now awaiting for it to get here. I saw your post and bought one the same night.

Thanks for posting the link.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:57 am

Wilcoy02 wrote:Raodwanderer I took your word that it is plug and play. I am now awaiting for it to get here. I saw your post and bought one the same night.

Thanks for posting the link.


Wilcoy, YOU have to follow the "how-to" article on removing your bike's headlight since you have a hondaline fairing. once removed from the fairing, you can follow the rest of the removal directions i posted to chrisz with the exception of the chrome trim thats on the headlight bucket. yours will be a smaller narrower ring. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=11359

guys, remember, once you've changed out your headlights, you might have to readjust the beam slightly because it does put out a farther beam of light especially when you put your high beam on and you might get people flashing their lights at you thinking your running with your high beam on, so adjust them accordingly. i've gotten behind other cars and sometimes i can see them adjusting their rear view mirror so my light doesn't get in their eyes. and thats with my LOW beam on. at least i know they can see me which is the nice thing about having a new headlight lens and element.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby thunderwing » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:00 am

Am ordering this light in the next 2 weeks.

Reasonably priced for the 50% increase in lighting.

Was thinking about going LED, but for $200 plus, that's just not in my budget.

Great work on finding that light and sharing the information here.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:11 am

not a problem Scott. anything to make us able to see and be seen better even in daylight im all for it. it was actually an experiment. i didn't expect it to be would be as good as it is. we need all the advantages we can get.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby Wilcoy02 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:52 pm

Saw it, bought it, got it, installed it. Will send pics of before and after once I get my front forks back on the bike.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:58 pm

good deal. i hope your as happy with yours as i am with mine. remember, you might have to adjust the beam downward a little as it is kinda bright. you'll really notice the difference when you put your high beam on.

stuart.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby thunderwing » Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:04 pm

I think this upgrade along with LED lights reviewed by Wingadmin would do it:

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=34369

Total investment = $100

Well worth it.
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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:00 pm

Have not ridden at night yet.
Old bulb
New Bulb
High beam

low beam with other running lights
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Postby roadwanderer2 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:22 pm

once your out on the road you'll notice the difference even without your running lights. i dont have running lights on mine and i noticed the difference, and when you put your high beam on you'll REALLY notice the difference.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:03 am

Rode last night. What a world of difference. On high beam I could see all the electric wires crossing the road. I even saw an owl sitting over the road in a tree. The sides of the road are well lit.

Very glad I got this upgrade.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:45 am

glad you like your new headlight. yes, it makes a world of difference when you have your high beam on. now not only will you be able to see better at night, but you'll be able to be seen better during the day time as well.

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby thunderwing » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:17 pm

My headlight just shipped from seller, will post my results when I install. Want to put LED driving lights on as well.

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:25 pm

thunderwing wrote:My headlight just shipped from seller, will post my results when I install. Want to put LED driving lights on as well.

Best,

Scott


hope your happy with the results.

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Postby thunderwing » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:28 pm

I keep looking at this picture and can't wait to install this puppy. Figured I'd post it for others to see it thanks to your research!!

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Re: changing head light on honda gl1100, head light shows amber light, not very bright

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:42 pm

thunderwing wrote:I keep looking at this picture and can't wait to install this puppy. Figured I'd post it for others to see it thanks to your research!!

Best,

Scott


no problem Scott. once i put it on my bike and saw the results from it i just had to post it, and i'd recommend it to anyone that needs/wants to "update" their older wing's headlight without spending a small fortune doing it. im sure you'll be very glad you replaced both the reflector and the bulb. its a good unit at a good price.

stuart.




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