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When I changed my low beam bulb, I bent the spring clip by pushing too hard. A Honda tech told me I need new spring clip. Got the clip, but am stymied by how to change the new clip for the bent one.

Anyone have this experience?
 

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Harry Houdini could probably replace the clip by reaching down in the same fashion as you would in changing the bulb and adapter, but most mortal folk are going to have to pull the whole cowl forward, which is quite a job as compared to the former. I believe I would try to re-bend the clip by reaching in. If your fingers are strong enough to bend it out, you should be able to bend it back. It is a very simple little latch. Waldo has a great pic of it to assist you.


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When working in the blind, I do better if I am blind! I look up in the tunnel and get a mental picture, then close my eyes and go for it. "Seeing" the task on the backside of my eyelids seems to work better than staring at the junk in my garage. YMMV.
 

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Harry Houdini could probably replace the clip by reaching down in the same fashion as you would in changing the bulb and adapter, but most mortal folk are going to have to pull the whole cowl forward, which is quite a job as compared to the former. I believe I would try to re-bend the clip by reaching in. If your fingers are strong enough to bend it out, you should be able to bend it back. It is a very simple little latch. Waldo has a great pic of it to assist you.


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That is what I would do, if I was me.
 

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Harry Houdini could probably replace the clip by reaching down in the same fashion as you would in changing the bulb and adapter, but most mortal folk are going to have to pull the whole cowl forward, which is quite a job as compared to the former. I believe I would try to re-bend the clip by reaching in. If your fingers are strong enough to bend it out, you should be able to bend it back. It is a very simple little latch. Waldo has a great pic of it to assist you.


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First time I have ever wished my fingers were not so strong. Going to give it a try. Thanks for the input.
 

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First time I have ever wished my fingers were not so strong. Going to give it a try. Thanks for the input.
You might try a trick I learned in replacing my low beam bulbs. Whichever side needs the work - stand on the opposite side of the bike and reach in. I found that puts my wrists and fingers in exactly the right place to get the job done quickly. For instance, if the left side is where the work is, stand on the right side of the bike and reach in with your left hand. Easy, peasy!
 

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I did the same thing when I recently replaced both of my low beams, on the left side (first side I worked on) I bent the spring clip and I anticipate going back in there to try to re-bend it, if that is not successful I will be ordering a new spring to try replacing it. I think if you have a long screw driver it could be done. Left over from my days of owning a Yamaha Royal Star I have the longest screw driver that Craftsman sold, needed it to reach across from each side of the bike to the other side to adjust the carbs when doing a synch. I am pretty sure it will be long enough for the job and afford me room to look in there while doing it. Got some old style spring fingers that fit on the screwdriver shaft to grab the head of the screw when doing the install, that will be the tricky bit, getting the spring and screw in with out dropping one or the other.
Just like my days working on aircraft and missiles, I wish I had eyeballs and lights on my finger tips.
 

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Lighting is key. Rather than a flashlight, I used an LED headband light. You can hang it down the well and free up a hand. Of course once your arm is down there, you do need eyeballs on your fingertips. Great phrase!
 

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Solved my low beam spring clip problem at last! I did not want to pull the front faring to expose the headlight modules. After puzzling it out for weeks, decided it was a 2 person job. My wife (with slender forearms) reached down from the top and loosened the screw. Working underneath from the front, I removed the spring clip and inserted a new one as she guided my movements from above. Then she tightened the screw and it was done! Plugged in the adapter and the headlight is now working. The job took all of 1/2 an hour, once I figured it out.
 

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For future reference if ya take a piece of dole rod about 18/24 inches long and put a notch in one end you can stand back and look at spring and take it off/ on . Flash lite helps also.
 

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For future reference if ya take a piece of dole rod about 18/24 inches long and put a notch in one end you can stand back and look at spring and take it off/ on . Flash lite helps also.


Ha! Miller Lite and flash light. One might help as much or more than t'other.


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For future reference if ya take a piece of dole rod about 18/24 inches long and put a notch in one end you can stand back and look at spring and take it off/ on . Flash lite helps also.
Never heard of dole rod.
I Googled it and up came dowel rod.
Now it makes sense.
 

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WHAT YA NEVER ATE A PINEAPPLE :grin2: WHERES SPELL CK WHEN YA NEED IT !:frown2:
 

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High beam bulb replacement...

Especially for high beam bulb replacement: For those of you who have gun cleaning rods: Take a pistol cleaning rod TIP that you slide your cleaning swab through and cut it off down to about a 1/8 inch making a small "u " shape. Attach this to your 6-8 inch rod and you can now catch the spring and move it where ever you need. Works great for especially for the high beams! Now all you need is a flash light and a LONG set of needle nose pliers from Harbor Freight to attach the power connector. Worth a try for those with big hands!
 

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I just pick up a very long set of needle nose pliers 10' handle from Harbor freight last week (suggestion from Larry (Greyhound) ) haven't used it yet, but this may make it simple'rrrr

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Never heard of dole rod.
I Googled it and up came dowel rod.
Now it makes sense.
here is spell ck when ya need it ?? guess I was thinking of pineapples :)
 
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