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Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« on: April 12, 2011, 07:46:48 AM »
The Triumph Workshop book makes changing the parking light bulb seems easy.
Remove 4 screws holding a plastic trim and pull down from below.

I wanted to fit a bright LED replacement. 10 min work I thought.
Wrong, it took 2 hours.
Why?
The person who wrote the book had obviously never done the job on the XC.  :232:

THERE ISNT ENOUGH ROOM BETWEEN THE TOP OF THE "BEAK" AND THE UNDERSIDE OF THE LIGHT UNIT!  :125:

If you try to ease it out the bulb detaches from the housing and falls down inside to the bottom of the light unit.  :087:

Oh joy, so how to I get the little sucker out?

You take off the beak, bodywork and the screen and then you can take off the headlight assembly and shake the bulb out from the large opening at the back.....then you put it all back to gether.

Took 2 hours. A learning curve, more screws than to remove the body work on the 1050!!!!

So, be VERY careful....take the beak off first.

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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 09:41:59 AM »
 :028: Cheers for that jenkspj

At least you are now At One with your headlight unit  :008:
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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 01:39:37 PM »
I love learning from others experience.  Am still waiting on the beak to arrive, but I've already changed the parking light for a green led.  :001:
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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011, 01:50:59 PM »
Thanks for the warning.

I was thinking about dong the same thing (not dropping the bulb inside  :015:) - what type of bulb did you get and from where? Does it make a significant difference to the brightness of the light when viewed from the front?

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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2011, 03:12:19 PM »
*Originally Posted by KildareMan [+]
I love learning from others experience.  Am still waiting on the beak to arrive, but I've already changed the parking light for a green led.  :001:

And it LIGHTS UP YOUR EYES   :007:  ............... just right KildareMan  :150: ........ I bet?

Was the bulb a standard 501 Wedge (Or Triumph T10) bulb .............? [Got some nice Osram XENON W5W - 501 bulbs I can use if it is?]
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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2011, 04:26:50 PM »
*Originally Posted by Scooby CanDo [+]
And it LIGHTS UP YOUR EYES   :007:  ............... just right KildareMan  :150: ........ I bet?

Was the bulb a standard 501 Wedge (Or Triumph T10) bulb .............? [Got some nice Osram XENON W5W - 501 bulbs I can use if it is?]

Yes a 501 wedge led.  Can't remember where I got it from, not that it matters though.  They are everywhere.
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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2011, 06:09:03 PM »
If it ain't broke don't fix it  :150:


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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2011, 07:15:10 PM »
*Originally Posted by RichardC [+]
Thanks for the warning.

I was thinking about dong the same thing (not dropping the bulb inside  :015:) - what type of bulb did you get and from where? Does it make a significant difference to the brightness of the light when viewed from the front?

http://www.ultraleds.co.uk/501194t10-mini-light-tower-leds-xenon-white-lumen-p-2170.html

Not cheap, but very bright and little power used.

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Re: Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2011, 08:28:31 PM »
Word of warning if thinking of changing bulbs  - you need to inform your insurance company!
Just been speaking to Carole Nash insurance company to find out what accessories they want to know about  plus which ones affect the premium. Light bulbs are considered performance enhancing (brighter lights means you can go faster at night!). And there's me thinking brighter bulbs would be considered a safety feature. :084:

...But different bulbs not as a bad as "chrome" mods. Insurers don't like chrome on bikes. Much prefer plastic. Bad news if you've got a Harley, good news if you own an XC.


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Changing the parking light bulb. A Warning!!
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2011, 02:41:18 AM »
Your premium goes up for switching to a better performing bulb? Wow, things differ from Country to Country and Insurance Company to Insurance Company. All mine is really concerned about is how many CC's, the MSRP of the bike and my credit rating. Other than that I could mount a laser beam to the bike and it wouldn't effect my premium. I have an umbrella coverage for accessories and they have never once asked me what they are.

 


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