New headlight bulb

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by My 06 Sportster, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. My 06 Sportster

    My 06 Sportster New Member

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    Help! I want to change out my headlight bulb, and I removed some screws and what looks like a wire for the adjustment of the bulb. My problem is I don't know how it goes back on. Pictures would be great if anyone else has done this. I feel stupid for not taking pictures while I removed it, but I actually thought it would be as simple as removing the old bulb and putting in the new one. Dummy me removed more than I needed to. Thanks for anyhelp.
     
  2. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    Did you check your owners manual? Can you give a description of the wire and where it came from?
     
  3. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    Not to familar with the sportster but I have never heard of a wire for the adj. of the bulb???? The bulb socket / harness and maybe a single ground wire is all that I know. Take a pic. of what you have now and let us take a look!!
     
  4. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    I think what My06Sportster is referring to is the headlamp retaining wire which indexes in the headlamp shell reflector, a groove and slot tensions the clip to hold the lamp element base. I will post the headlamp diagram here once I find it...

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  5. sportyhorse

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    Did you take the lamp off? I've changed the bulb on my custom, but I only removed the molding ring and lense. That diagram looks helpful?!?
     
  6. My 06 Sportster

    My 06 Sportster New Member

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    The picture is very close!! It is a retaining pin that I removed among other parts. I will take a picture tonight and post it. Thanks.
     
  7. My 06 Sportster

    My 06 Sportster New Member

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    Here are two pictures I took of the dismantled headlight. I can't figure out which way the retaining pin goes on. Any help is appreciated.
     

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  8. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    What you are calling a retaining pin is really a spring clip to hold the bulb in place from the front. the clip goes around the bulb & clips between two tabs... refer to the diagram that was sent... take your time, look carefully & it will come to you...
     
  9. OBHighflyer

    OBHighflyer New Member

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    Here is a picture of the inside of the headlight assembly showing how the wire retainer is installed. I hope this helps! Just click on the thumbnail picture to see it larger.
     

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  10. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, great images & it looks like you might've bent the retaining clip/wire a tad so just follow the diagram(s). Also, don't forget to re-adjust the headlight beam when you get everything back on the bike. These instructions are also in your owner's manual.