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Old 04-17-2015, 08:14 PM   #1
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Question Insert that rubber headlight vent!

Argh... hate to post such a small issue, but I'm fitting some aux lights and after much reading here I've decided to trigger my relay from a positap to highbeam, with my wire running through the rubber vent at the rear of the headlight. Great idea from those that posted this solution, saves drilling a hole in the headlight cap.

However, try as I might, I can't get that darn rubber vent to go back in properly. So frustrating! Anyone find a good technique? I'm about to try soapy water, but then not sure I want to introduce chemicals/water into my headlight enclosure

Its a 2012 R1200GS, but I take it this design is on a number of year models.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:39 PM   #2
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I would stay away from water. Try some silicone spray or light oil (olive oil or cooking oil).
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brilliant! now why didn't I think of that... I have some silicone spray, will try that first.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:54 PM   #4
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brilliant! now why didn't I think of that... I have some silicone spray, will try that first.
....and, after the rubber thingy goes in correctly, have a Fosters on me..........
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Alcohol. First, use rubbing alcohol. A very small amount makes rubber very slippery with no residue. Second, a singly malt scotch, or good bourbon, on yourself for a job well done!
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don't have any rubbing alcohol, so rather than have to use my Blantons, I tried the silicon spray and it worked a treat!

I am not having a Fosters to celebrate, however I am having a Crown Lager, which is what (some) Aussies actually drink
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don't have any rubbing alcohol, so rather than have to use my Blantons, I tried the silicon spray and it worked a treat!

I am not having a Fosters to celebrate, however I am having a Crown Lager, which is what (some) Aussies actually drink
Well mate, I'm having some def 2015 brewed out behind the garage with a bucket and some copper tubes. Sometimes I use it to cold start the diesel engine in the motor home on cold winter days here in Dixieland.

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I used Armor-all to slide it back into the headlight bucket because AA is water based... some have said to stay away from silicone based lubes around rubber.
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That looks like the meth lab my neighbor operates....When he's not makin' meth, he makes biodiesel with it...
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I used Armor-all to slide it back into the headlight bucket because AA is water based... some have said to stay away from silicone based lubes around rubber.
Silicone is often used as a mold release in rubber molding operations....one reason we need to carefully scrub in new tires on our bikes.
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