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    clear headlight protector removal
    on: 01 November, 2022, 10:24:22 pm
    01 November, 2022, 10:24:22 pm
    Hello to all you Triumph Tiger gurus. I am lucky enough to have a retrofitlabs headlight conversion kit to install on my 2007 Tiger 1050. I bit the bullet and bought the kit after multiple attempts to improve the poor lighting on the stock Tiger. I got everything apart easily enough but now I see the clear headlight protector is fixed to the shell with what looks like silicone or something similar. I need to get the headlight assembly out of the housing in order to retrofit the new headlight. It looks like the silicone will have to be cut to allow the clear cover to be removed so the parts can be taken out and worked on. Has anyone had the joy of removing the clear cover and putting it back together? Thanks in advance for any suggestions to my problem!

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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #1 on: 01 November, 2022, 10:46:37 pm
    01 November, 2022, 10:46:37 pm
    Wish you'd bought a Sport pod. I think you're on a hiding to nowhere, sorry. Nothing but issues with anything other than a modern swap. I've given it a go, tried using H4's, burned my lens, ended up with a Sport module.

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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #2 on: 02 November, 2022, 08:33:40 am
    02 November, 2022, 08:33:40 am
    I do recall that someone on the forum did this, can't remember who tho'
    Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #3 on: 02 November, 2022, 01:33:51 pm
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    Yam RD125 DX, Kwak GPZ305, Honda CB400T, 1983 Kwak GT550, Suzuki GSF650 Bandit, Tiger 1050SE, 2019 Tiger Sport .... got there in the end.

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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #4 on: 02 November, 2022, 05:23:36 pm
    02 November, 2022, 05:23:36 pm
    Mike, thanks for the help! I did a search for the information, sadly, my search skills are lacking! I appreciate the links, Now I get to work.

    Cheers!

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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #5 on: 09 November, 2022, 05:59:14 pm
    09 November, 2022, 05:59:14 pm
    Tiger Mike, I read the posts you provided and they were very informative. Bigrog's information concerning using the oven at 200C is WAY OFF!

    "As I stated above, Silicone is unaffected by heat and will not melt or soften, which is the reason why they use it in high temperature applications such as the insulation on specialist electrical cables. Permaseal on the other hand will soften with heat. You did however make me re-visit the temperature and you are correct I got it wrong, the temperature was 200C not 300C. Unfortunately I lifted it straight from my article here. It is a typo that I did not notice, for which I apologise. Unfortunately I can't easily change it but will try to and put in a request, since it is in the sticky's of this forum section."

    Also, "The Oven is the only way to go. Take off the bits that you can take off then heat the oven to 300C. Check this with an oven thermometer because any higher might damage the unit. Then stick it in the oven for 60mins.

    I followed the advice to use the oven at 200C. 60 minutes seemed like a very long time to leave the headlight in the oven so I cut it down to 10 minutes. I now have a completely ruined headlight cover! If I had left the cover in for 60 minutes I would have had a puddle of plastic in the oven. This is very bad advice and completely wrong.

    Please don't misunderstand, I am not laying blame on you Mike. Bigrog's post is at fault and I wish to make corrections so no one else makes this costly mistake! So now follows, does anyone know where I can find a replacement? Is there a headlight from another model that will fit the Tiger 1050? I have looked at ebay and there is one headlight at $327.00 I think this is up there in the dumbest mistakes I've made.  :192:


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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #6 on: 09 November, 2022, 09:44:59 pm
    09 November, 2022, 09:44:59 pm
    Like I said, buy a Sport cluster, if you can find one. Back in the day I paid about $350 for a brand-new unit with wiring and bulbs but I guess those days are over.

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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #7 on: 18 November, 2022, 10:32:39 pm
    18 November, 2022, 10:32:39 pm
    Hello again from the desert of New Mexico USA. I found a replacement headlight assembly for the one I destroyed in the oven. The replacement is slightly different from the HL assembly I pulled from my Tiger. The bulb covers have rocker switches on the bottom that appear to be OEM. When I opened the assembly it seemed like it had been open before, the wires to the bulb connections looked like they had been tampered with and there was an additional wire that looked like it was connected to one of the rocker switches. My best guess is the switches are to select Left or Right dip. Please see attached photos. The bulb wires looked modified but the assembly has no signs of ever having been opened. Ideas?









    Thanks is advance for you input!


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    Re: clear headlight protector removal
    Reply #8 on: 19 November, 2022, 01:40:24 pm
    19 November, 2022, 01:40:24 pm
    Someone has been in there, playing. The switches are not OEM, guaranteed. It seems someone may have been trying to create a balanced L/R system or may have had aux lights fitted. Who knows? It looks like they were tapping the wiring so I'd guess the latter. Get them all out, solder the connections or use something reliable like Posi-connectors or you'll have issues in the future. IMHO.

    Although, you're planning to pull the assembly apart, right? It'll all be new wiring thereafter, if you are going with projectors.
    Last Edit: 19 November, 2022, 01:43:36 pm by ZuluTiger

     



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