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    Headlight Bulb Replacement
    on: May 11, 2019, 03.08 pm
    May 11, 2019, 03.08 pm
    You lot made me a little worried about this job, heard reports of blood and cuts ect while attempting this Job. Triumph and whoever thought to use this ridiculous and out of date method of using spring clips to hold in the bubs , need a good slap, even the previous trophy, which I also own, had bulb holders that you could twist and turn to lock the bulbs into place and my previous car had bulb holders that just push fitted into the rear of the lamps  :233:

    Well this job took less time than I expected, around about 75 minutes  :001: DO NOT TAKE ANY NOTICE OF THE MANUAL and go in underneath.  Open the storage box lid undo the two screws, lift out the box , do not disconnect and cables , just pull it out and leave it to one side (left) locate the three block connector, pull it off, along with the waterproof rubber cover, push the spring clip in and up slightly to release it, remove old bulb, and replace it with a new one of your choice, I used H4 Long Life Bulbs i purchased from Halfords in the UK , fitting is opposite to removal, had no real issues other than getting the block connector back on , I like to point out this job has to be done by feel as you cannot see sod all  :033:

    For the right hand side bulb remove the Battery Cover and battery. You might have to wedge the spring clip as mine keeped covering the hole in the back of the headlight, fitting same as above.

    Put everything back start bike and hope it all works  :002:.

    No need for mirrors, torches, enescopes, just don't rush the job and give yourself plenty of time, for the record both my dip beams failed at exactly the same time just after i started it while it was facing my white garage door. Both dip and main beam runoff the same 20 amp Fuse , I had main beam but no dip. 




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    Re: Headlight Bulb Replacement
    Reply #1 on: May 11, 2019, 07.37 pm
    May 11, 2019, 07.37 pm
    I've only had to change the left hand one once, did it from underneath, it is a bit of a faff and what with working blind/going by feel only, it probably took me more like 20 minutes, certainly longer than replacing a bulb should take.
    I'll try the fairing pocket route next time but removing the battery for the other side, I'm not so keen on due to having to go through that start up procedure when you reconnect it. :151:

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    Re: Headlight Bulb Replacement
    Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 08.09 am
    May 12, 2019, 08.09 am
    Good job and well done.

    I went from the top to replace my bulbs. I made sure I took a photo of each before diddling around by feel. All up 20 minutes taking battery and glove box out.
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    Re: Headlight Bulb Replacement
    Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 01.59 am
    May 13, 2019, 01.59 am
    I don't think I have particularly "small" hands, but I've managed to replace both globes without removing the battery. Just removed the infill section below the headlights. For memory [I am getting older] I did both from the top. Fiddly, but not difficult. The reson I removed the infill section was to check from below.  :158:
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    Re: Headlight Bulb Replacement
    Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 04.11 am
    May 13, 2019, 04.11 am
    *Originally Posted by HACKLE [+]
    I don't think I have particularly "small" hands, but I've managed to replace both globes without removing the battery. Just removed the infill section below the headlights. For memory [I am getting older] I did both from the top. Fiddly, but not difficult. The reson I removed the infill section was to check from below.  :158:

    Same here.  My hands are smallish, so it's still fiddly, but not really the nightmare I thought it would be.
    If one ever burns out the pair get replaced.  Period.
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    Re: Headlight Bulb Replacement
    Reply #5 on: May 22, 2019, 12.24 am
    May 22, 2019, 12.24 am
    One of these days I'll replace both mine with LED's, good to know that it isn't quite as bad as some have made it seem. One issue I've run into is identifying the correct bulb for the headlights. Some sources say H7, some say H4. Can anyone confirm which one is correct?

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    Re: Headlight Bulb Replacement
    Reply #6 on: May 22, 2019, 01.05 am
    May 22, 2019, 01.05 am
    H4
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    Re: Headlight Bulb Replacement
    Reply #7 on: May 23, 2019, 08.20 am
    May 23, 2019, 08.20 am
    Replaced mine loads of times (high mileage rider) and always from the bottom by feel; I think I was a gynaecologist in a previous life!

    Some times I do it quickly and sometimes it takes forever. The main issue is locating that spring loaded bit of wire. The three way spade connector and rubber boot is easy my difficulties always are from that bloody clip. Id love to meet the designer in a dark alley and beat some common sense into him.

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