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post #1 of 15 Old 09-22-2009, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Low beam out.

Was riding to work today and noticed my low beam is out. High beam works. Turn signals work. Forgot to check tail/brake, but I will on the way home. I have done some searching on here and other places and it seems like it could be the fuse, the bulb, or the wiring in the switch. I am even worse with electronics than with mechanics. What would be a good place to start?




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post #2 of 15 Old 09-22-2009, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Well the fog finally cleared and I got a good look. Definitely the bulb (you can see it is burned out and all other electricals still working). So, who knows the easiest way to change the bulb on the 08? How much plastic do I need to take off? Any suggestions for replacement bulbs?




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post #3 of 15 Old 09-22-2009, 05:48 PM
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Im not positive but pull the windsheald i just looked behind mine it looks like there may be a twist lock to barbs on each side but if not may just need to pull left fairing. hope this helps let me know im curius.

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-22-2009, 08:16 PM
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You're gonna need to pull the cowling off.
Four bolts, then a bit of wiggle to get it around the dash, then two clips holding the wires. Pull both connectors off so you can bench it.

Removing the windscreen will only allow access to the beam adjusters.

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post #5 of 15 Old 09-22-2009, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

Probably do it this Saturday. Let you know how it goes...




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I just replaced mine about a month ago. No big deal. Took the front fairing loose to get to the back of the bulb, unplugged it, then took the bulb out. No problems at all, as I remember it.
I bought the bulb at AutoZone... no need to go to the bike store. I think it cost about 6 or 7 bucks... no biggie.
Good luck with it. Oh... mine's an 08.
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Oh, yeah, I forgot... be sure to not touch the bulb part.. the back is ok, but if you get skin oils on the front "bulb" part, it will cause it to burn out quickly. If you accidentally do, you can wipe it off with a good degreaser, such as methanol, or even isopropyl alcohol, but be sure and wipe it down well with a clean dry cloth, because isopropyl leaves a light film on surfaces. Methanol is better.
There is a small spring type clip that holds the bulb in place, just look at the way it is positioned before removing the old one.. it's not difficult.
Also, make sure to get the rubber boot pushed up onto the back of the bulb as far as you can. It's more difficult to describe it than it is to do it.. it's a fairly simple process.
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Thanks hornet! I get off work early, so I think I'll do it today.




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Done!

Pretty easy job...thanks for the help guys. So, I ended up taking the whole cowling off in one piece. Took out those two screws with the annoying spacers. Four bolts inside. Two screws under cowling. The light is fixed, but I came across some annoying things.

1) I had all the pieces back in except for the bottom screws and found one of those rubber coated nuts like are on the windshield on the ground. Well, they got shredded when I replaced my windshield. But they were all still there. So where the hell did this shredded piece of crap rubber come from? Well, went to put the screws back in and no bite. Finally realized that the two bottom screws (under the cowling) had them, too. Both rotted. Had to jerry-rig and hold em in place...****ing Kawi rubber.

2) The other issue deserves it's own thread.

But the lights are working. I credit Mark's hat for luck.







Easy job. Anyone else needs to do this can ask any Q's they have, but it basically makes sense once you start doing it.




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post #10 of 15 Old 09-23-2009, 08:19 PM
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Nice thanks for the pics i have noticed are you still on factory front tire how many miles? and what fender is that?

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