GL1800 High Beam bulb change


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GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby bluewing2010 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:13 pm



This subject may have been addressed before,, but I couldn't find any reference to it, so here goes:- How does one replace the Left side High Beam bulb on a GL1800 Airbag model? The manual says "remove fairing pocket, unplug the wire and remove bulb" or words to that effect.
Headlight bulb???
Headlight bulb???
See the attached photo. I can't even see the stinking headlight bulb, let alone replace it. I did find that by removing the vent lever I could get a hand through enough to do the job, but with a lot of skin knocked off in the process. Is there an easier way?



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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:04 pm

I think that's about it. You have to be a bit of a contortionist to get your hand up and under. That's the way I've seen some guys that I ride with do it.
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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby bluewing2010 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:08 pm

Thanks for confirming that I haven't missed something obvious.

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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby peppilepew » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:13 pm

I recommend you purchase a long pair of needle nose pliers to help with your task. A 2012 is even worse to do.

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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby thrasherg » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:17 am

The preferred technique is to pay a Honda mechanic to skin his knuckles and change the bulb, but if you are broke (poor) like me then we have to sacrifice our own flesh to the great lord Goldwing!! You haven't missed anything, it's a real PITA to change the bulbs.

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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby bluewing2010 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:57 pm

Thanks for the "encouragement". I like Peppilepew"s idea of the needle-nose pliers. I think there will be a set in the workshop very soon.

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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby Monkeebutt552 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:28 pm

I have a 2001, replaced the main beams 3 or 4 times, have yet to have to replace the brights. Dread it what I do have to!!!

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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby MikeB » Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:42 am

I have a 2003. Yes, the bulb replacement instructions leave a lot to be desired.

I can't say that I have lost a lot of skin replacing the lamps but I sure have a lot of cramping in my hands after I have replaced them. There is a wire bundle and part of the fairing stay that always seems to be in the way, particularly on the left side, the right is not too bad. There just is not sufficient space there for a normal sized male's hand to fit. A smallish woman or a child would be more suited to do the replacement.

A long pair of needle nose pliers may help but you have to have visual confirmation of where the pliers are making contact. That in itself is a challenge. The only sure way is tactile feel using your hands. All I can say is be patient, take your time, and good luck.
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Re: GL1800 High Beam bulb change

Postby JerriEric » Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:24 pm

I have changed both high and low beam bulbs on my '06. What a PITA! Hardest part is hooking that metal thingy back on to hold the bulb in place. I have changed from the top and from the bottom. Not easy in any case. If Honda got rid of that crappy wire spring thing and just used a twist and turn like the trunk lights, that would make is so much easier. I assume the metal lever system must serve a meaningful purpose.




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