Headlight


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dlfenny
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Headlight

Postby dlfenny » Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:55 pm



I have a 1986 Goldwing Interstate and the other night I was going out for a ride, and when I started my bike the headlight wasn't on. The small one next to the headlight on the left side was on but not the one on the right. I had to switch to bright in order to have lights. Could this be that the dim and the side light are out or could it be a short somewhere? Also if I do need to replace them, is there a video for that out there somewhere?



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Re: Headlight

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:25 am

dlfenny wrote:I have a 1986 Goldwing Interstate and the other night I was going out for a ride, and when I started my bike the headlight wasn't on. The small one next to the headlight on the left side was on but not the one on the right. I had to switch to bright in order to have lights. Could this be that the dim and the side light are out or could it be a short somewhere? Also if I do need to replace them, is there a video for that out there somewhere?


My guess is that the position light and the dim filament on the headlight both being out is a coincidence.

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Re: Headlight

Postby oldishwinger » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:50 am

position light commonly blow, and it sounds like the low beam has gone on the headlight bulb.

The headlight bulb, is a H4 60/55watt and the position light bulb is a T8/4.

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Re: Headlight

Postby dlfenny » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:52 pm

Thanks, never taken them out. Hope its not going to be a lot of dismantling.

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Re: Headlight

Postby rjlv25 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:39 pm

It's not too complicated. Hopefully you have a service manual. As I recall, there's a metal clip that's kind of a pain, but it shouldn't be too bad. You may want to go to an H4ST Silverstar headlight bulb. Especially if you ride in the dark.

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Re: Headlight

Postby dlfenny » Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:56 pm

Don't have a manual, but if I have to much trouble I'll probably get one. Be nice to have anyway. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Headlight

Postby oldishwinger » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:33 pm

a Manual would be very handy to do the job, Here is how I remember doing it.

1. remove the top nut from each rear vision mirror, loosen the bottom one, and let the mirrors hang, if you have any doughts, remove the mirrors completely.

2. remove the chrome front, push a covered screwdriver or something that wont damage the chrome, in the gap, between the headlight and the cover, and lever upwards. this will release the cover.

3. remove the front cover from the headlight.

4. remove the headlight assembly, the position lights and headlight are as one unit. it will hang on the cable that allows up and down movement of the headlight, I found I could reach the bulb, without removing the cable.

5. remove the electrical connector to the bulb, remove the rubber cover, undo the clip holding the bulb, remove the bulb. replace the bulb, it can only go in one way, so you cant get it wrong,

6 replace both position bulbs, the rubber covers pull out, the bulbs are a push and turn install. you may need to use a small amount of grease on the rubber covers to reseat them after the bulbs are replaced.

follow a reverse order to put it all back together.

you follow this advise at your own risk, if you are not sure, I would strongly suggest a manual.

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Re: Headlight

Postby rjlv25 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:11 am

The procedure in the Honda manual is only 2 1/2 pages. If you need it, send me a PM and I can scan it and e-mail it to you.

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Re: Headlight

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:41 am

Here, I've copied the procedure from the service manual:

How to remove and reinstall your headlight




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