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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2007, 5:03 pm Thread Starter
 
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Light bulb replacement for a 2004 12KGT

Dear all whom can help,

I need to replace my low beam light bulb and I am have the most difficult time in my life trying to take out the cover; I cannot get the cover out!!!

Since there are two wiring cables that do not move on the left and right side and the oil line under the light bulb cover and not to mention the metal connecter from the tree to the fairing and my big hands make it very hard to work.

Can any one send me some advice????

I would really be thankful

Thank you
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2007, 5:47 pm
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Most people are saving themselves the hassle by just removing the tupperware.

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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2007, 6:18 pm
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I think you risk less frustration and damage by taking off the tupperware and hinging forwards the headlight attached to its plastic.

When I first tried it with tupperware on, I just managed to get the clip and back cover off and it only comes out 1 way, thought I'd got it back right, then a week later with tupperware off found the cover wasn't fitted correctly.

You need to be a contortionist with small hands - I'm much faster with a hex wrench on the tupperware and you don't get to touch the lamp capsule either.



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K1200RS/GT headlight removal!
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Ok, I am stupid. What is tupperware?
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old Aug 26th, 2007, 8:09 pm
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Your not stupid at all. "Tupperware" is slang for the plastic bodywork. In this case, the front fairing.

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Thank you very much,
Have a great one!!
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With the GT, the windscreen motor and arm intefere with the instructions (based on the RS, actually) on removing the bulb you get in the repair manual. Remove the five pieces of plastic/tupperware/fairing, remove the three screws that hold the headlight, remove (from the bottom of the headlight) the parking lamp, pull out the right side (your right as you're facing it) of the headlamp enough to see where the wiring connector is. There's a spring clip that on first glance you'd want to pull off, but in this case, push it in and at the same time pull back on the wiring connector to remove it. Manouver the headlamp assembly from the bike (the socket for the parking light gets in the way a bit), and then remove the back dust cover. Unplug the connector on the back of the bulb. Release the spring-clips holding the bulb in place and then take out the bulb.

By now, you may have come across some burned connectors. If either of the wires are burned, you have a different problem, as the headlamp is probably ok. But, it's far easier to deal with this way. If the wiring is good, get a replacement bulb (55 watts, no more! Wiring is questionable as it is...).

Then, the old adage...reverse the removal proceedure. First time may take over an hour. That's normal. After your fourth bulb replacement, you should have it down to 20 minutes from start to starter-button for the ride.



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I witnessed the Tupperware removal for the first time a couple of weeks ago when I had the horn replaced with a REAL HORN It took some time to remove and replace the Tupperware. But it worries me that, with the headlight "on" , all the time, they must surely burn out fairly frequently. If that was to happen, I cannot imagine how I would replace the bulb at the side of the road (in the dark). Sounds an awful experience.

Do BMW dealers replace the headlight bulb at the annual check up / service ?

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Do BMW dealers replace the headlight bulb at the annual check up / service ?
Only if the bulb is burnt out. Some bulbs work flawlessly for thousands of hours/miles, some burn out in less than a couple months. Never know if you get a lemon bulb or not.

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