Help Headlight bulb?


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Help Headlight bulb?

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Guys I have a 2002 GL1800 and I'm trying to change my left high beam headlight bulb, I finally got the bulb in and the wire clip fastened! But the round rubber boot and getting the light plugged in is something I just don't know if I'm going to get accomplished! There is a wire bundle right at the top of the headlight frame and I can't get the rubber boot pushed back in at the top! Any ideas would be appreciated? And thanks, p.s. I did the right one so, I do know how to do it just don't have room


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You need small hands and a lot of determination if you are attempting this with the shelter in place.

It is easier with the shelter removed like when you are replacing the air filter. Then you will have a better view of what you are doing but not necessarily any more room to do it in.
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OK thanks man I appreciate that and that makes sense, at least I could see more and not have to do it with all feel!
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IMHO if you can get the bulb in and the snap latched, you can get the boot on. That’s the easiest part for me. The bundle should move out of the way. The wire goes on after the boot.
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The wire bundle above the light bulb housing has always been a problem on the two 03's I have owned. It is so close that it is almost touching. So, what I did was spray some silicone lube on the boot internally and externally on the top side of the boot. It really helped to slide the boot back into place.
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Andy I agree that was the easiest part on the right side, but the left gives almost no room, it was very hard to get out, the top of the boot needs to be stretched to clear the wiring harness, but that's impossible to do one handed, I'm going to try to find a small friend or a friend with small hands ✋ lol
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MikeB, I tried to spray silicone spray on it bud! No dice, just couldn't get it to slip past the harness ! Lol
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But thanks everyone! Thanks for all the suggestions!


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