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Old 01-22-2013, 09:07 PM   #16
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After chasing that stupit f'n clip around inside the f'n light bucket, in the f'n dark with my f'n fat fingers, I made this mod.

Same mod here. It seemed it didn't matter what type of bulb I used, I had to replace it every 9-10K miles. I finally splurged on a thirty something dollar HID bulb upgrade last year, it has been around 5K miles, so far so good. Hopefully I won't have to mess with that damn clip for a few years.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:32 PM   #17
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After chasing that stupit f'n clip around inside the f'n light bucket, in the f'n dark with my f'n fat fingers, I made this mod.


Oh You're a F'ng Genius!! I'm going to the hw store tomorrow. I average 10K miles a bulb. I started buying the cheap ass nine dollar ones from the Suzuki store instead of the 25 the dealer was charging. Last just as long. The girlfriend and I on the way back from SC one summer both burned out bulbs so I got the sylvania high intensity in a pinch from autozone. I don't think we even got 5k miles out of those bulbs.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:45 PM   #18
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Someone once said "the GS eats headlight bulbs like popcorn"' and after owning one for over a year, I have to agree.

Buy a two-pack of bulbs and keep one with the bike. One of two things will happen: Either you'll have a spare, or you'll never need to use it because you have a spare :)

Gone through two in less than a year, totally agree!
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:20 AM   #19
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The higher the output on a H7, the shorter the life.

I don't ride a lot in the dark here in TX, too many forest rats willing to shorten you ride. Lights on my motos are mainly for me to be seen. The standard H7 and a pair of H3 55w aux lights do this job nicely, I carry a spare of each.

I have in a pinch, pulled my high beam out and stuck it in the low beam bucket until I could get to a replacement.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:02 AM   #20
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Damn, I have had 1 head light bulb fail (that i recall). WTF am i do'n wrong.

several of bikes over 50k, a couple over 80k and 1 over 100k
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:26 AM   #21
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Please forgive my ignorance but I do not understand what exactly the mod is. Can someone clue me in please?

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After chasing that stupit f'n clip around inside the f'n light bucket, in the f'n dark with my f'n fat fingers, I made this mod.

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:41 AM   #22
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Please forgive my ignorance but I do not understand what exactly the mod is. Can someone clue me in please?
Stock is no washer which translates to the clip popping out of the mount when unbailed resulting in it falling down into the bucket and generating explicit vocabulary.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:48 AM   #23
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Thanks. I'll look into doing the mod but since mine broke and was fixed under warranty I'm really timid about messing with it. That plastic seems to be made of Mexican pottery.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:54 PM   #24
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It is pretty well known that the H7 runs hotter than average and burns out faster. Did it in my car too. Using PIAA or other "brighter" bulbs only makes them go faster.

I used HID for 30K miles on my GS with zero issues. I will do it on this one as well.

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Old 01-24-2013, 10:53 AM   #25
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After chasing that stupit f'n clip around inside the f'n light bucket, in the f'n dark with my f'n fat fingers, I made this mod.


Here is a little variation on the washer mod for the clip. When I installed my HID's I made a simple hinge out of some aluminum flashing material.
I did not take pictures when I did the hid install so I just made this up to illustrate what I did. Cut out a piece of alum flashing a little over an inch
long and just wide enough to fit inside that clip. bend it in half around the clip and punch a hole through for the screw. You will never fumble with that
clip again trying to get it to latch.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:09 PM   #26
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It took me longer to figure out what "lampf" was that to change the light. Two days and than 10 minutes to change the light. No issues with the clip.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:16 PM   #27
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It is pretty well known that the H7 runs hotter than average and burns out faster. Did it in my car too. Using PIAA or other "brighter" bulbs only makes them go faster.

I used HID for 30K miles on my GS with zero issues. I will do it on this one as well.

Jim
agreed - and moving to HID on my 2010 pig was quite likely the single most beneficial upgrade/farkle I've done to the bike.

If I'd done the HID upgrade (both lamps) prior to purchasing and installing the Denali d2's, I most likely wouldn't have sprung for additional front end lampage. Sorry ... thread hi-jack mode - now OFF ....

resume normal service now please ...............
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:19 PM   #28
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.... by the way - excellent picture Desert Skies. Kudos for sharing the solution - and such a clear and detailed shot of same. I can only imagine how stupidly difficult it would be to get a camera down in there.

- and it wouldn't be right not to say 'nice one' - to DSY - for the TAB SWIVEL solution too....
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:19 PM   #29
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You guys ride at night? :) seriously though I try to avoid it at all costs. Too many deer.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:30 PM   #30
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Here is a little variation on the washer mod for the clip. When I installed my HID's I made a simple hinge out of some aluminum flashing material.
I did not take pictures when I did the hid install so I just made this up to illustrate what I did. Cut out a piece of alum flashing a little over an inch
long and just wide enough to fit inside that clip. bend it in half around the clip and punch a hole through for the screw. You will never fumble with that
clip again trying to get it to latch.
Doug

Genius !!

Now the debate is whether to do the Dsy mod or wait 'till I can get an official Touratech clip.
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