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any recommendations for a plug and play LED headlamp naked 82 GL 1100 or would I need to install other "stuff" to make it work? Installing a light bulb is about the max. level of my mechanical skill set so I don't want to be stuck doing electrical stuff with wires and relays etc as my experience with that is non-existent.

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a bit facetious here, but my daughter bought me a LED headlight that clips to the bill of my hat :mrgreen:
she said "now you can find it !!! "


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I believe there are options for you.

https://www.jpcycles.com/1982-honda-gol ... ight-bulbs
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thanks in kind for bulb info.........lost my own best friend william hancox toronto police service ...undercover stabbed to death by two crack heads
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There are LED bulbs you can install...but the main problem with the 1100's headlights isn't the bulb, it's the 40+ year old reflector inside the housing, that just doesn't reflect that much light anymore.

You're far better off replacing the whole unit with a dedicated LED headlight. A standard 7" headlight will fit in there, I believe if you look for a LED replacement meant for a VW Bus, it also fits the 1100 just fine. Maybe something like this....

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Headl ... B074PQ8T2B
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thanks....will look into this option
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Get on eBay and search 7", 7 inch LED headlight. Many are advertised for Jeep as they use the same fitment. If the bulb is advertised for Harley, some of those don't fit our buckets - they have mounting tabs that get in the way.

My headlight has a white DRL halo. I attached a flasher unit to the halo ring-boom-added visual safety.

My 83 is 100% LED and loving it.
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thanks......were u able to fit the unit in without any modifications? was it as simple as removal of the original and then a re-install of the new?? thanks in kind..much appreciated
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Yes
Yes
Very bright!
Not the same item (the one in my GL is a few years old) but should fit fine.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Osram-7-Round- ... 32-2357-0
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Can anyone advise whether the headlight buckets on the 1000s and 1100s have the same internal dimensions? Ie would this also work on/in my '76 LTD? Thanx.

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Has anyone replaced the 7" round headlight in a Vetter fairing with one of these??
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It'll be fine. I have both farings.
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landisr wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 1:35 pm Can anyone advise whether the headlight buckets on the 1000s and 1100s have the same internal dimensions? Ie would this also work on/in my '76 LTD? Thanx.

Ron in AZ

PS. The inside of my LTD headlight is pretty darn tight with the stock wiring. Would I have to relocate any of the multi-pin connectors?
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Most of these LED conversions use less bucket space than a standard H4 lens. They also use a pigtail harness for wiring making it an easy fit.
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Thanks. What is that 'bracket' trying to hide behind the H4 connector to the right of your thumb? A headlight adjuster?
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That's what the black knob is attached to adjust the height of the headlight beam.
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Ok thx. My '76 doesn't have an 'internal' adjuster; no room for one.


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