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Hello all I'm restoring an airforce m1030b1 to its original flat fighter jet grey glory! I have ordered or cannibalized pretty much everything I need but there is on thing that eludes me.

The Infrared spotlight that goes above the headlight, its a little black rectangle to be turned on when riding blackout conditions to avoid detection on a midnight creep (I see you, you no see me). Now... before the ever vigilant friends of Johnny law get on my back I know blackout lights/switches are illegal but they are also really cool and I plan to keep them disconnected most of the time. I want this to be a feature of the bike trust me NVG lurking is super fun in the right environment.

That being said does anyone have a line on these little bad boys? Maybe a military salvage auction bike like mine was? People often buy two or three m1030b1s to make one. Or maybe you know a really nice comparably shaped n sized modern replacement that would fit the bill. Kind of a shot in the dark I know but I'm really trying to preserve the authenticity of this bad mamajamma!

Advice or leads greatly appreciated, let me know thanks!!

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Hello all I'm restoring an airforce m1030b1 to its original flat fighter jet grey glory! I have ordered or cannibalized pretty much everything I need but there is on thing that eludes me.

The Infrared spotlight that goes above the headlight, its a little black rectangle to be turned on when riding blackout conditions to avoid detection on a midnight creep (I see you, you no see me). Now... before the ever vigilant friends of Johnny law get on my back I know blackout lights/switches are illegal but they are also really cool and I plan to keep them disconnected most of the time. I want this to be a feature of the bike trust me NVG lurking is super fun in the right environment.

That being said does anyone have a line on these little bad boys? Maybe a military salvage auction bike like mine was? People often buy two or three m1030b1s to make one. Or maybe you know a really nice comparably shaped n sized modern replacement that would fit the bill. Kind of a shot in the dark I know but I'm really trying to preserve the authenticity of this bad mamajamma!

Advice or leads greatly appreciated, let me know thanks!!

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Check this out, maybe he can help you out.
ar15.com/forums/general/USMC_M1030B1_Restoration_part_2/134-1981770/


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That’s actually my thread. I have one on here that documents all of the restorations.
http://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-wrenching-mods/56842-m1030b1-restoration-oregon.html
The front blackout light does not provide illumination in the way you think? I’s just a marker light so that you can be seen by friendly forces. Just like the rear blackout light. The red is for marking and the white that illuminates with the brake is to tell others driving behind you (wearing NVGs) that your slowing down. There is a Ranger MOD that replaces the front headlight with two. One is a white light and the other a IR headlight.

I do have a few blackout lights but they are very hard to find and finicky. I have installed 2 functioning ones (and 2 non functioning) and they always break after a few hundred miles. Usually it’s the bulb. On my personal M1030B1 I put on a broken one. It’s still correct but why risk breaking a hard to find part? I’ve restored 4 of these bikes now and I’m on my 5th. Feel free to ask any questions about the bikes. I can also get you the correct tank for this bike. IMS made them but they are different then their current ones. The older ones also have different gas caps than the current ones.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys, didn't get any traction on the first link and now I'm a little bummed it's not a true IR just a marker. I used those in Afghanistan for mraps matvs an 7 tons never even considered they'd be on these bikes.

Still very good to know id have been setting myself up for disappointment unfortunately i already ordered the vented version of the IMS desert tank I think they look a bit better personally so I'll probably just keep it.

Question for daddyjoe: did you get your M1030b1s from a civilian seller, a standard military auction, or a military salvage auction? Mine was salvage so no titles were released I was told it would be hard to get anything other than a salvage title unless I did some serious title washing and that's really not my jam.



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Check this out, maybe he can help you out.
ar15.com/forums/general/USMC_M1030B1_Restoration_part_2/134-1981770/


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Arctic
Thanks for the replies guys, didn't get any traction on the first link and now I'm a little bummed it's not a true IR just a marker. I used those in Afghanistan for mraps matvs an 7 tons never even considered they'd be on these bikes.

Still very good to know id have been setting myself up for disappointment unfortunately i already ordered the vented version of the IMS desert tank I think they look a bit better personally so I'll probably just keep it.

Question for daddyjoe: did you get your M1030b1s from a civilian seller, a standard military auction, or a military salvage auction? Mine was salvage so no titles were released I was told it would be hard to get anything other than a salvage title unless I did some serious title washing and that's really not my jam.



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I am sticking to everything being correct so I am going with the old tanks. Either way your taking on a awesome project. I got two from a private seller. He got them from a meseum that had a few, they canbalized a bunch to make one, they auctioned that one for meseum funds. The two I got were rough. Then while looking around I found 6 that were sitting at a sheriffs department in Maine. They were rough as well. They received them in a military to law enforcement program. I linked a thread in my above post that takes you to my restoration thread. It covers most of the restoration on the 4 I’ve completed so far.

If you restore it there’s a chance to get them titled with the receipts from parts you’ve ordered. If you run into problems with that feel free to IM / email me and I can tell you how to LEGALLY get a title. It was easy for me since the first two were titled and for the other 6 I receccived a notarized letter from the sheriffs office. It stated there weren’t any government interest in the bikes and the associated paperwork about how they got them from the Marines. I got those legally titled as well.
 

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Almost forgot. I can send you a link to get both of those headlights and picture of the Ranger MOD. That will get you the IR illumination your looking for. I think it will be about $120 total. I’m taking on that exact mod on the next one I restore.
 

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Almost forgot. I can send you a link to get both of those headlights and picture of the Ranger MOD. That will get you the IR illumination your looking for. I think it will be about $120 total. I’m taking on that exact mod on the next one I restore.
So hey on the restore I realized I know little about the super cool stock shock for the m1030b1s, i was wondering what kind of air pressure should be in the shock?
 

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Its a Progressive 420 the Progressive made for Hayes to install on the M1030B1. You can call them and they have good info on it. I had called them earlier to check on the possibility of rebuilding them. Unfortunately thats a no go. Let me know what you find out.
 
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