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Low beam is not working on my '82 interstate. I assume it is probably the bulb. If it is indeed the bulb, do I need to replace the whole headlamp? How much trouble is the replacement if it is bad? Thanks Guys! Trying to get everything ready for the riding season here in Ky.

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Re: GL1100 Interstate 1982 Headlight change
by WingAdmin ยป Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:49 am

I wondered this myself when I did mine, but it turns out it is fairly easy.

If you look at the back of the fairing, in the middle, right in front of the handlebar triple tree, you'll see the headlight adjustment knob, which you use to adjust the headlight up and down. Turn this knob until you see the small set screw in the side. Using a small screwdriver, loosen this set screw until you can pull the knob off.

There will be a nut and washer left on the shaft - loosen and remove these.

Now the headlight will come out - make sure you hold the headlight from the front so it doesn't fall on the ground, and then push the shaft forwards. The entire headlight assembly will come out the front of the bike. From there, it is easy to remove and replace the lightbulb.

Assembly is the reverse of disassembly, and is fairly easy.

The bulbs are a standard H4 headlight bulb, and are available anywhere - but I recommend you get one specifically manufactured for motorcycles, as they are more resistant to the vibration it will be subjected to. I HIGHLY recommend the Sylvania Silverstar H4ST (the H4 is for cars, H4ST is for motorcycles). I put one in my bike, and the difference at night is incredible - easily twice the light, without using any more power (which the 1100 doesn't have all that much of).
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You can allso upgread to H6024 h4 seal beam I just did mine and love it!!

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Hi
Double check the main connector block that goes into the left hand side of the fairing.
I had a headlight problem and it was only the last desperate check of all connectors and a few bulbs bought that I found the connector not fully seated.
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make shore to check chrome plate inside headlight it comes loose mine did had to change to sealed beam
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If you change just the bulb, make sure you don't touch the glass on the new one.

Iagree thata sealed beam will give you better service.

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You can allso upgread to H6024 h4 seal beam I just did mine and love it!!
Agreed, and with a new one you get a new reflector and lens for no more than a new H4 bulb. Fits right in where the original headlight was.

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Any sealed-beams that put out more than just a focused spot?
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Any sealed-beams that put out more than just a focused spot?
Before my 'Wing I used a Sylvania sealed halogen that worked great. On low beam it cut off flat in the center and left of the beam, so as not to blind oncoming traffic. The right had a pronounced angular light I called the deer spotter. It shined far ahead andreally did a nice job ofilluminating objectson the side of the road. High beam was pretty much normal.

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You can allso upgread to H6024 h4 seal beam I just did mine and love it!!
No mods necessary, just plug 'n' play? I need a new headlight, only half is "on" on low and it is that murky yellow and verrrry dim. Thanks.







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