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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2020, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Puttering around the bike today getting ready for the first ride of the season and I noticed my headlights were looking a bit dirty. On closer examination there appears to be some dust/dirt inside the headlight. Other than changing out the bulbs for Led I have never had the dust boot off and the headlight itself looks like a sealed unit. I also noticed what looks like stress lines around the top of the lens where it meets the fairing. Is this all just normal for all 12 year old bikes or is there something that needs doin' here on my part? Can anyone shed some 'light' on this?



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That's stress-cracking baby! It's basically UV degradation of the polycarbonate. There's no way to address the cracking, however headlight polishing cream (Meguiar's or equivalent) will clean up any foggyness in the critical areas where the light has to get out.

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Puttering around the bike today getting ready for the first ride of the season and I noticed my headlights were looking a bit dirty. On closer examination there appears to be some dust/dirt inside the headlight.
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Looks to me like you have headlight protection shields installed. If so, that's great. They can save your expensive headlight plastic. Those 1/2" round dots are like a super-Velcro. Pry the headlight protector straight away from the lens, at the Velcro, and clean away. A good cleaner/polish will minimize the stress cracking that you see, also
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Good job for Novus #2 if it's on the exterior. I don't know how you'd clean dust off the inside.

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Perfectly normal. My bike's got them too. I first noticed this about 6 yrs ago. Haven't degraded much since then.
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Speaking of headlights... you mentioned switching to LEDs. May I ask what kind you used and if you'd recommend them? I switched to HIDs a couple of years ago and people can really see me in the daytime but they cause way too much glare at night. I am constantly getting flashed by oncoming traffic.

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Speaking of headlights... you mentioned switching to LEDs. May I ask what kind you used and if you'd recommend them? I switched to HIDs a couple of years ago and people can really see me in the daytime but they cause way too much glare at night. I am constantly getting flashed by oncoming traffic.

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Installed these and so far I'm happy with them. They are 6500LM


These seem to be very popular at 6000LM and less expensive, but were not readily available when I needed them.
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I used the F2 ones in the 2nd picture. Very happy with them.
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For cleaning the inside maybe pull the headlight bulbs out and use a well filtered air hose to maybe blow the inside clean ? Looking at the pictures kinda looks like the bulb may have exploded in it.

On the “flashing” thing it’s interesting that when I had my 86 gl1200 Sei which was a pearl white Goldwing, I used to-get flashed pretty regularly, and I don’t mean the headlight type either. Only bike I’ve ever had that happen on, my buddy that had the 2011 fjr used to really bust my chops about it until when we swapped rides on the Ohio turnpike (this is when I decided an fjr was in my future) and a rather well endowed young lady pulled along side and gave him a look at her parts.

Weirdest one for me was when a transsexual full bearded whatever pulled along side at 80mph on the 80/90 toll road and gave me a showing, I sold the bike shortly there after. I like my fjr but there are times that I miss that Goldwing. ��
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