Changing indicator bulb

LukeG83

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Hi, Im so sorry for posting a stupid question, but I have a windjammer that I have just fitted and one of the indicators does not work. How do I change the bulb? I have tried to unscrew from the rear (in the cubby hole) and it will not budge. Do you need to remove the indicator lense from the front of the fairing?

Also, it was imported from the USA and I understand that their isnt a sidelight bulb within the main headlight. Did the UK versions come with a headlight that coudl accommodate bothe the main buld and a sidelight bulb? Thansk so much Luke
 

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The bulb socket turns anti-clockwise a few degrees and then pulls straight out. The bulb in the socket is the same.
After years of sitting they can become very stuck. Just wiggle it a bit to break it free.
The bulb may not be blown. It may only be the plug in wire connector for the bulb socket. The pins and sockets are made of copper, which tarnish over time. Unplugging the connector and cleaning the pins and sockets may restore bulb operation.
You should pull the light pod out and check that the lens is still securely glued to the reflector. After so many years the glue dries out and will allow the lens to fall away from the reflector. You will not see it happen so you'll lose the lens and the only replacements are buying used light pods on e-Bay, which will also need to be re-glued.
After I obtained my Windjammer fairing I pulled the light pods out and discovered both were just barely attached to the reflectors. I wiggled them a tiny bit and both lenses just fell away from the reflectors. I would have lost both if I had not glued them down with 3-M glue before riding with the Windjammer on my bike.

This Windjammer has lost it's lens.
Don't let this happen to you!
 

Dave Ireland

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My WJ4 has the combined indicator/sidelight bulbs, but are obviously not much use as sidelights where everyone expects marker light to be white and not orange. This was brought home to me by a lady driver about to pull in front of me when I was approaching the side road she was waiting to pull out of. She saw the light of the nearside orange lamp and assumed it was an indicator.
Since then, I've left the running lamp circuit switched off. Rather than go to the bother of finding suitable new single-filament lamp bases I'll just either wire the 5W in with the 21W or buy LEDs and combine the two that way, and re-route the running lamps feed to another pair of proper daylight running lamps of white LEDs on the light bar lower down.
To answer your question; the US indicator bulbs in the front of the Vetter are exactly the same as our stop-tail bulbs.
 

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Thanks Dave - great information.

To confirm - are you going to wire the sidelight wiring into the Windjammer headlight so basically turning either sidelight or headlight on the bike will feed the Windjammers headlight bulb? This is my plan as it will get the bike through an MOT and I always drive with dipped headlights on anyway.

Cheers again, Luke
 

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Thanks Dave - great information.

To confirm - are you going to wire the sidelight wiring into the Windjammer headlight so basically turning either sidelight or headlight on the bike will feed the Windjammers headlight bulb? This is my plan as it will get the bike through an MOT and I always drive with dipped headlights on anyway.

Cheers again, Luke
Happy to be of help.
No, what I'll be doing is feeding both filaments of the 21/5W bulbs with the indicator feed, which will give a slightly brighter indicator blink and perhaps be more useful that way. For sidelights, I'll take a feed from the sidelight wire in the bike's wiring loom and feed a pair of daylight running lamps.
On all my bikes, the sidelight and headlamp switches are manual, and if a bike ever comes into my possession with mandatory headlight, it will be modified first thing to give me back manual control.