Headlight bulb retainer fix

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by dsy, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Never a fan of those boutique beers of which I consider RR to be one. And most of them have sold out to the big boys or foreigners (Anheuser-Busch...shame on you).
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    Good luck finding Dale's Pale Ale in a bottle. It may not be green, but it's damn good, can and all.
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  3. dsy

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    The hole is a little further away from the stock location. Does not look like the hooks will line up right to latch the clasp down.
    Stock, the screw head is actually holding in the retainer wire. Also needs to line up to go around the bulb.

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    Doug
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    Doug,
    As a former brewery worker...far be it from me to suggest that a BEER CAN isn't the source of the correct solution.

    Yet another reason to: :freaky
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    Yep, I owe you a set of the hinges. Will stick them in the mail tomorrow. I'm including them now in my Oil Cooler Guard kits. :1drink

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    ztrab Been here awhile

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    I was converting to an HID on my brand new headlight assembly, off the bike and the plastic retainer crumbled - dealer offered a warranty replacement, but I already put my 3M kit on the lenses, so if did the same fix and carry a spare for the other side or the occasional GS rider who can't get his bulb back in - only ran into one rider so far who need the fix on the road. Nice engineering BMW...... good to carry a spare fix....still love the bike, warts and all.
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    Linky now worky here, but not in original post!

    I cut some flat stock with a hacksaw and beat it with a hammer ,WAY TOO MUCH WORK! but the easiest fix is to get a crimp terminal with a hole for a post, like the old ignition coils had. They are available at any auto supply or radio shack. Remove the insulation and shape accordingly.

    PS, its a lot easier to work on if you remove the h/l assy, 2 bolts and the electrical connector


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    That's not beer, that's drain opener. :puke1 Ugggghhhhh.
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    Are you saying Bud is any better?
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  12. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Golly no. Although I went to school (ASU) with one of the Busches, I never acquired a taste for Budweiser. Ms. Busch had wonderful Friday afternoon beer parties off campus where the local Bud distributor would roll up with iced kegs of Bud, paper cups and trash cans. Usually, Ms. Busch's sorority sisters were in attendance, as well....made for interesting TGIF parties...too bad I had a Friday PM Chemistry Lab that interfered with my attendance at these soirees...I do recall the one time I was able to stop in for a moment, most of the ladies were soaked in cold beer...kinda like a wet T-shirt party, with the guys attemptin....I think that's enough...you get the idea.

    No Bud for me...
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    Hey...'BUDDIE'...with 7777 posts...I'd be buying a LOTTERY ticket!:clap

    Oops...1 to late. 7778...save your scheckles.
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  14. blackfriar

    blackfriar Been here awhile

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    My two bulbs burned out within a week of each other. I replaced the high beam without any trouble, but the retaining clip came off when I was releasing it on the low beam. I took it to the dealer today. The tech got the clip and bulb reinstalled, but the service rep said two of the three "channels" that guide the clip were broken. One is left and that is enough to hold it in place for now. He said it may vibrate out and then I would have to purchase the whole headlight assembly. I had no idea these things were so dainty when I started changing out the bulbs. I saw another thread that had a picture of the channels with a pencil pointing toward them, but I cannot find that thread. There is another one (maybe the same one) that has a suggestion about putting cork between the plug and the plastic cover. I hope that I don't have to do anything else and the bulb stays in place, but it is disappointing that a simple thing like this could lead to a major part replacement.
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