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    Active Member ARNIE R's Avatar
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    Default Headlight bulbs in the ST-S

    To the BRP Research and Development Department, or whoever designed the replacement procedure for a headlight bulb, what were you thinking?

    Got the Spyder home yesterday and noticed the left low beam bulb was out. Ok, not a problem. Got out the repair manual and read up on it and thought this should be simple.

    4 hours later........

    My hands must be too big. Got inside and tried to pull the rubber boot off the back of the bulb. No room for leverage or moving one’s hand. Pulled and twisted forever. Finally managed to get the bulb out with the boot still attached, but just barely. Seems the metal spring clip retainer for the bulb also pinches down on rubber boot but you can’t move the clip out of the way because the boot is in the way of the clip. Also, there are several ridges inside the boot where it slides over the rear of the bulb, and these help keep it sealed from moisture.

    So, I decided to replace the right one also while everything was opened up, because you know sure as heck, the right one would probably have gone back shortly after.

    I also took the liberty of opening the gauge cluster and cleaned out all of those “oil” streaks, or whatever they are, from inside of the clear cover panel.

    Finally done. Good weather tomorrow so out I will go.
    2014 ST-S Cognac

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    PITA - engineers should be required to work on them before releasing to the unsuspecting public.

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    It helps if you are tiny, with tiny but super strong hands, and a double jointed wrist!
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    Have replaced the headlight bulbs in my '13 ST several times. Always make sure the wife is NOT home. Have it down to an hour now. Think about that. One hour to replace a headlight bulb.

    I agree with nwrider, but that ain't gonna happen.

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    I installled LaMonster LED bulbs in my ST.
    I know where of you speak. Its a painful job.

    David C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haze View Post
    I installled LaMonster LED bulbs in my ST.
    I know where of you speak. Its a painful job.

    David C.
    cool I've been thinking about getting them, how well does the heatsink allow room for the retainer clip? I saw video fo the F3 install not the ST. Any tips or review?? Thx

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    BRP trailer hitch & 622 trailer (with its own list: Spyderpops Lighted Rear Bumpskid, LineX protection on sides, led trim lighting amber front& red rear, stand& tongue handle)THX Cruzr Joe!
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    We were at a rally and a customer had a bulb out on an ST so we said we would change it for him. It was late in the day when we started and I was tired and already sore from working and as I was trying to plug the wire in I dropped it, a nearly 6” long wire with a good sized plug on the end and it dropped beyond my reach into the dark abyss. Now it was dark and we were removing panels to retrieve it. Bloody hands and a lot of swearing and we finished just before dinner was over.

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    I just changed both bulbs in my 2015 ST LE for the first time. Probably took off more panels than I needed too. Learned a lot. Next time should be easier.
    I would rather be lucky than good, being lucky means I don't have

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    I have had the same trouble - small fingers and a lot of patience and you will be successful...

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