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Farmboy81

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Headlight reflector thingy
« on: 12 November 2019, 02:31:15 PM »
Hi all,


I noticed last night while doing some other bits and pieces to the bike that the cone/reflector/cover thing that sits over the dip beam bulb in the headlight has is pointing downwards as the top mount has broken off completely!


I know I've seen someone on here talking about removing it, but I can't find the post because I can't remember what the cone/reflector/cover thing is called!


So, is it necessary and needs repairing?


Should I just remove it? If so, how?


And of course, What's it called????


Thanks in advance  :)

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Re: Headlight reflector thingy
« Reply #1 on: 12 November 2019, 11:37:49 PM »
Mine's removed. Not 100% but think it had to come out of the H4 side?
It was a long time ago.
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Re: Headlight reflector thingy
« Reply #2 on: 13 November 2019, 12:34:02 PM »
Thanks Darrsi, I'll have a look this weekend.


Does removing the thingy improve the lights at all?

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Re: Headlight reflector thingy
« Reply #3 on: 13 November 2019, 07:48:56 PM »
Thanks Darrsi, I'll have a look this weekend.


Does removing the thingy improve the lights at all?


No, not at all, if anything it scatters the light more.
I have good bulbs in my headlights, but it's the reflector part that is the problem, basically it's shite.
I put some cheap spotlights on the sides of the radiator and they are much whiter and brighter than the headlights. I use them all year round, night and day.
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Re: Headlight reflector thingy
« Reply #4 on: 13 November 2019, 09:00:56 PM »

Darrsi is correct, the shroud over the H1 bulb will come out through the hole for the H4 on the right.
Without it there is a fair bit of glare, I rigged up a smaller replacement from a bit of metal cut from a beer can.
Alternatively, it’s possible (with a lot of work) to enlarge the hole and make up a mounting plate to fit an H4 bulb to make the left match the right.

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Re: Headlight reflector thingy
« Reply #5 on: 14 November 2019, 09:06:19 AM »
Thanks guys, I reckon I'll try and repair the mount, and if that goes horribly wrong at least I know how to get it out, I assume yours passes MOT without it?


I already have 2 spotlights fitted to the radiator which makes a huge difference, but I find that if I have them angled where it's best for me to see at night I start get flashed by oncoming drivers, so I have to settle for dodging mud and roadkill 20 yards at a time! (Still better than not being able to see at all though!)