Replacing brake lights.


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k3nn3y3
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Replacing brake lights.

Postby k3nn3y3 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:14 pm



I have a 1999 1500 se, I'm trying to replace my left brake light. I took off the three small nuts holding the light fixture in place, but I can't get it to come off. It feels like something else is holding it on. What do I need to?



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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby gogs11uk » Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:53 pm

If this has been on for many years it will be tight to come off. When I had my 1500 and tried to remove the lamps they were extremely tight. Once loose you will find there is not a lot of wire in behind for you to manouver the lamp about to fit a new bulb. Keep at it m8 and you will get there.

Sometimes what can help is by using a flat lever on the threaded screws and pushing them a bit to try and loosen the lamp. Go round all 3 of them a bit at a time. dont over push them though just nice steady pressure.

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby k3nn3y3 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:23 pm

I tried pushing on the screws, tapping on the screws, and the fixture will move, but it won't come off.

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby gogs11uk » Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:17 pm

From memory there is a foam strip round the lamps and that is compressed when you tighten the lamps up. This is probably what is holding the lamp in as it will have partially bonded to the casing of the bike. It will move eventually. Just be careful as you don't want to break the bolts in the lamp but no matter what, the lamp has to come off so you can change the bulb.

Stick at it m8.

Just a thought, maybe try spraying a small amount of a releasing agent like WD40 around the lamp itself. might be enough to help loosen it a bit.

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby MikeB » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:42 pm

I am unclear as to which brake lights you are looking to replace, trunk or saddlebag but here is a picture from the service manual. You really don't have to remove many screws and as far as I know, no nuts have to be removed at all.
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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby gogs11uk » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:42 am

I know where your coming from Mikeb but I had a hell of a job changing the bulbs on mine and had to remove the lamps to get them done. If you have small fingers then you stand a chance of changing the bulbs with the lamps in situ but as I said, I had to take mine out.

I assumed that k3nn3y3 had already tried that and didn't manage to do it. Maybe the wrong assumption on my part.

Let us know how you get on m8

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby k3nn3y3 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Thnx guys, I needed to see that diagram. It shows what's keeping the saddlebag light fixture from coming off. It looks like there's two screws that are covered up by a small piece of molding, that need to come out. I didn't know about those screws, but I could tell that something was still holding the fixture in place.

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby k3nn3y3 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:24 am

Thanks MikeB for that diagram, it was just what I needed to replace my brake light.
Here's a link to a photo tutorial, that I did,to hopefully, help someone else, who needs to replace their brake lights:

http://web.me.com/k3nn3y3/Site_3/Tutorial.html

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby MikeB » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:45 am

Nice pictorial. But this may be misleading to others. It is not necessary to remove the lens assembly in order to replace the bulbs. They are accessable from the bottom of the assembly once the bottom of the saddlebag corner has been removed. Only two screws hold that part in place.
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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby k3nn3y3 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:42 am

I didn't know that, but now that I'm looking at it, I can see that you are right. Next time, I'll just remove the lower cover.

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby SIDECARRICH » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:47 pm

Thanks everybody, I haven't changed a lower brake light bulb in 120k miles,(don't use brakes much...lol) And I also was having a heck of a time trying to push the lense out from the saddle bag..But your plan to remove the 2 fairing screws worked like a charm, new bulb 5 minutes!!

Thank y'all again for the heads up! :D

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Re: Replacing brake lights.

Postby joeincalif » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:14 am

Any time I do something fpr the first time I look at the parts diagram first to see what is in involved.


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