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head light

Postby gearman » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:02 pm



how do I go about changing the headlight bulb in my 1987 GL1200A



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Re: head light

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:29 am

The trim above the headlight needs to come off (it just pries off), then the trim that holds it in place comes off as well. The headlight should then come out, and you can remove the old bulb from the rear of it and replace it. Make sure you don't get fingerprints on the new bulb!

Someone with a GL1200 might have some more details for you.

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Re: head light

Postby Mooseman » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:44 am

Gearman,
On the GL1200 you have to remove both rear view mirrors, then pry up on the molding just above the headlight. You'll see that the molding fits in a small clip just above the headlight. Then the screws that hold the headlight can be seen. The lower trim is held in place by two phillips screws. Removing that will show the rest of the mounting bolts. Hope this helps.
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Re: head light

Postby tricky » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:47 pm

Just a hint, you don't need to remove the mirrors.

The top bolt needs to come out and the bottom bolt loosened, then swing the mirrors down.

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Re: head light

Postby wd8inn » Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:25 am

i have an 85 1200A and in trying to remove or loosen the mirror bolts on the right side, I found that I could not get at one of the bolt heads 'cause it is countersunk too deep in the mount hole. already several different types of 10mm sockets there and none could get a grip. What else would anyone suggest??? Thinking of trying to get it started to back out with a cape chisel and a small ballpeen hammer...
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Re: head light

Postby tricky » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:42 am

I wouldnt attack it with a hammer, your working on a plastic fairing.

If your sure you can't remove the bolt by grinding the wall on one of your sockets, use a 6 point socket, I would attempt to drill the head off. The original bolt has a shoulder on it too so you could have a problem there.
It might be that someone has changed the original bolt and used a regular bolt and that is why it is in too deep.

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Re: head light

Postby actionpack » Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:58 am

i take it the socket will not go in the hole , the od size of socket is to big , maybe u could grind down the side of socket to get it in there , if u just need alittle room , that bolt should be sticking out of the hole , so somebody put the wrong bolt in there ,are u useing 1/4 in drive sockets, just a thought
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Re: head light

Postby Mooseman » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:03 pm

Mine have a phillips head also. Same size as fairing lowers, #3 I think. You'r right though one of the bolts is hard to get at with a regular 10mm socket. I always just take mine out and replace them using the phillips screw driver.
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Re: head light

Postby wd8inn » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:46 pm

I found the bolt to be not the factory type. It appears there was a prior problem and one was this one was added and did not have the phillips dual headnor was it quite the same and that was why it did not want to come out. I found that it had been just a threaded bolt type and a nut and washer added, so I got out a deep well socket and found the right one which would fit from inside the fairing and got it loose and out. Along the way here, i cured my original problem of not being able to have my headlight turn on when the bike started. Just what I did to specifically cure this I am not sure, but I believe it was when I cleaned the starter push button, probably of all that krud that built up over the 25 yrs of this machine. I also replaced the bulb while I was at it with a Sylvania Silverstar Ultra bulb for kicks and giggles and that was the easy part. I also packed the contacts with dielectric grease I had read about doing. So now all I am left with is putting things back together proper as I recall taking it apart, which seems as it wil not be too bad. Thanx for the help here guys . see you all again later on down the page(s)!!!
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