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OfflineSimon

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    Fitting headlamp bulbs
    « on: 2017-07-10 17:01:13 »
    After a 2 day delay by Royal Mail, my Osram Night Breaker bulbs arrived this morning.


    Full of optimism, I ventured forth into the garage with a cheery, "I'll only be 10 minutes, love".  Two hours later, having removed the screen and every panel on the front of the bike, the bulbs are fitted and working.


    Anyone know the part number for the BMW needle nosed, double jointed, extra slim finger extensions that would make this job possible without dismantling the bike?
    2010 R1200RT SE - The Silver Machine

    OfflineOldbrook

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      Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
      « Reply #1 on: 2017-07-10 19:36:25 »
      Did mine without removing anything, a bit awkward but can be done.
      2011 R1200RT Polar metalic

      OfflineCasbar

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        Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
        « Reply #2 on: 2017-07-10 19:42:36 »
        Did mine without removing anything, a bit awkward but can be done.


        Did our 2010 RTP easily, but it was easier to take off the right side fairing panel, but that was only 4 screws I think.

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          Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
          « Reply #3 on: 2017-07-10 20:27:04 »
          Did mine without removing anything, a bit awkward but can be done.

          I agree - it's fiddly and might still take 2 hours the first time but, with practice, you'll get a little closer to the 10 minute estimate.
          My 4th R1200RT = 2016 (2017MY) R1200RT LE

          OfflineSimon

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            Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
            « Reply #4 on: 2017-07-10 20:46:39 »
            First time I'd stripped it down, so took my time to get a good look at how everything fits together.
            Still, a bl**dy daft design if you can't get to the bulbs to replace them easily.  How do BMW expect you to do it at the roadside unless you've got hands the size of a toddler's?
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            Offlinepwbike

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              Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
              « Reply #5 on: 2017-07-11 07:43:11 »
              How do BMW expect you to do it at the roadside unless you've got hands the size of a toddler's?

              That's why the factory top box is so big, you keep a spare toddler in there along with the spare headlight globes.
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                Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
                « Reply #6 on: 2017-07-11 14:36:51 »
                Not good for folks with big hands ..  >:(>:(>:(>:(
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                  Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
                  « Reply #7 on: 2017-09-16 00:31:40 »

                  Hi
                  I did replace the low headlight bulb today, for the first time.
                  It was easy to get the old one out, but i used a half an hour to get the new one in place.




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                    Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
                    « Reply #8 on: 2017-09-19 11:46:02 »
                    On my 15, after a hour of trying and coming back with scraped up back of my hands and sore fingers, I took it to a dealer who charged me 47.00 bucks to put it in with my supplied bulb!

                    Absolutely the worst setup I have ever seen for retaining a headlight bulb.  I know how it works, had a picture of it looking at it, and still could not get the left leg into place.  I was afraid I would break that wire clip. 

                    So I got charged a 1/2 hour labor and was on my way a bit poorer but I had my low beam.

                    About the only two gripes I have is the headlight bulb replacement and the side opening cases instead of top opening.

                    Other than those two things I love my Wethead as I loved my LT.  Great mile eaters and just a joy to ride.

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                      Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
                      « Reply #9 on: 2017-10-11 23:54:59 »
                      After a 2 day delay by Royal Mail, my Osram Night Breaker bulbs arrived this morning.


                      Full of optimism, I ventured forth into the garage with a cheery, "I'll only be 10 minutes, love".  Two hours later, having removed the screen and every panel on the front of the bike, the bulbs are fitted and working.


                      Anyone know the part number for the BMW needle nosed, double jointed, extra slim finger extensions that would make this job possible without dismantling the bike?


                      I  replaced the bulbs in my previous RT with OSRAM Rallye on the probably fallacious assumption that they would be more rugged. Never had to change one.
                      John Bentall

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                        Re: Fitting headlamp bulbs
                        « Reply #10 on: 2017-10-12 21:27:00 »

                        I  replaced the bulbs in my previous RT with OSRAM Rallye on the probably fallacious assumption that they would be more rugged. Never had to change one.
                        Yep did my RTP left hand no problem. Right top fairing off as loads of ex police wiring in front of cover. Philips 130. Good light very bright. Easier than I thought.



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