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PostSubject: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Wed May 14, 2014 8:37 pm

I did a search, this topic and found about removing the light bulb. Ok, got that. How do I get the plastic cover off?  I see no screws.

(No, I have not pit crewed for Jackie Stewart).

Thank you for your answer.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Wed May 14, 2014 11:09 pm

You just have to pry it off. I forget whether the tabs are on the sides or front and back. I just used a small screwdriver to get mine off.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 6:29 am

Replace the globe with LED globe. That way it will still start in the morning if your seat doesn't latch properly.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 8:36 am

There is also a drop in replacement of that fixture which adds a switch to it.
This way you can manually switch it on and off and never have to worry about
whether the seat has latched properly. Its about $25+shipping.

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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 8:59 am

I installed the Honda/Acura unit that mentions above. It works slick and is easy to install. Do a search on here for the exact part number (that is what I did). Or simply remove the bulb altogether...
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 1:11 pm

GHM-PM and/or dspevack - More info perleeeeease!!!Do a search on where ???? "It's about $25 + shipping."- from where????
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 1:42 pm

Why don't you just remove the bulb and buy a $5 LED light, and keep it under the seat.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 1:50 pm

Agreed! The built in light is pretty useless, once you have anything under the seat, as the light from it is obscured. Stick a light to the underside of the seat. NO chance then of flattening the bike's battery if you don't fully close the seat.  Rolling Eyes 
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 3:13 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 5:54 pm

I removed my entire light, sealed off the wires and made a cover for the hole. I never trusted the light anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Thu May 15, 2014 6:49 pm

Thank you everyone. I'm sure I'll remove at least the bulb and eventually the fixture. It looks exactly like a misfortune waiting to happen. I'll probably get an LED light and keep it in the trunk.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Fri May 16, 2014 2:27 pm

Greysilver by all means remove the bulb(one of the first things i did) but, don't take the fitting out. You may want to sell in the future,as i intend doing soon so you just have to put the bulb back. Dennis B has many fittings and advice on bypassing unwanted things, but his advice is always do not cut or remove any standard fittings or joints. Smile 
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Sat May 17, 2014 1:24 am

TY Limey, I did exactly that, remove bulb, replace plastic lens and keep bulb in an envelope.
I don't have the expertise to remove the mount anyway.
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PostSubject: Trunk light bulb   Sat May 17, 2014 1:44 am

I replaced my fitting with the switched one but hardly ever used it.  It's probably easier to carry an LED torch in the glove box, it is a lot more versatile and useful out on the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Sat May 17, 2014 7:23 am

bikerboy wrote:
I replaced my fitting with the switched one but hardly ever used it.  It's probably easier to carry an LED torch in the glove box, it is a lot more versatile and useful out on the road.

I agree, I replaced mine with the switched model and use it seldom but it does look good and if I ever sell won't have to swap them back out. I carry a small LED flashlight up near the owners manual for serious light.
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PostSubject: Trunk Light Blub   Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:10 pm

I had the same thing that happened to me when I got my silverwing. Left the seat up and came out 2 days later and bike was dead. Charged the battery, got it to work and removed the trunk bulb, as I don't use it at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:04 pm

I just order several of these: http://tinyurl.com/oma5dzm  and keep them on hand in all my vehicles. They run on AA batteries and are very bright.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:25 pm

Removing the bulb is admitting your old  Laughing  
(Dspevack are these words soft enough  Laughing )
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:42 pm

hotwings wrote:
Removing the bulb is admitting your old 

But old people at least had an education that taught the difference between 'your' (belonging to you) and 'you're' (abbreviated form of 'you are').  Rolling Eyes 

Anyway, what's your point  Question
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:21 pm

I think that removing the bulb avoids the problem,
while the switch fixture corrects the problem,
and there is nothing wrong with either one.

I don't know what age has to do with that.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:27 am

Collinb- never wuz wun fer dat fancy book lurnin,  Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:29 am

I think because I bought my SWing new it made a difference. I was more inclined to replace the fixture than simply remove the bulb. Now if the scoot had been 10 years old... In any case, either solution works and I KNOW from experience during the last two years that had I not read on this forum about the problem I would have had at least one dead battery. The seat just does not always close properly although it looks like it does.

So regardless which approach you use... Use one!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:38 am

I'm thinking remove the bulb and stick one of these to the bottom of the seat. I just have to be sure it isn't in the area where my helmet parks while I'm off the bike. I don't think there would be enough clearance.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/stick-n-39-click-lights-set-of-3/1014296999
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:40 am

LDB wrote:
I'm thinking remove the bulb and stick one of these to the bottom of the seat. I just have to be sure it isn't in the area where my helmet parks while I'm off the bike. I don't think there would be enough clearance.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/stick-n-39-click-lights-set-of-3/1014296999

The only issue with the stick on lights is the glue that holds the light seems to melt when the bike is in the sun on those hot summer days, making the light fall off. Tried it on my topbox but keeps falling off. Maybe a little epoxy would fix this, but would make the cheap light permanent!!
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:46 am

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LDB wrote:
I'm thinking remove the bulb and stick one of these to the bottom of the seat. I just have to be sure it isn't in the area where my helmet parks while I'm off the bike. I don't think there would be enough clearance.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/stick-n-39-click-lights-set-of-3/1014296999

The only issue with the stick on lights is the glue that holds the light seems to melt when the bike is in the sun on those hot summer days, making the light fall off. Tried it on my topbox but keeps falling off. Maybe a little epoxy would fix this, but would make the cheap light permanent!!

I used one of these lights in my left front cubby and it worked great. But as was stated it fell off relatively quickly... I glued it with an epoxy type glue and it has been attached for over 2 years with no problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:59 am

If you are going to use a light other than the built in one, I recommend something like this.


You can keep it in your hand or wear it like a headband and put light where you want it.

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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:54 pm

dspevack wrote:
If you are going to use a light other than the built in one, I recommend something like this.


You can keep it in your hand or wear it like a headband and put light where you want it.

Dan
If riding a scooter dont keep you humble, strapping this to your head to get something will! I guess it will be at night so hopefully you wont get noticed Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:06 pm

They also come in handy if you're ever doing any shaft mining.
Open pit, not so much.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:29 pm

hotwings wrote:

If riding a scooter dont keep you humble, strapping this to your head to get something will! I guess it will be at night so hopefully you wont get noticed Smile

I don't think it takes humility to use this. Its a tool.
Based on the tone of your comment I would guess you think choosing not to use it is a function of vanity.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:43 pm

bigbird wrote:
They also come in handy if you're ever doing any shaft mining.
Open pit, not so much.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:36 pm

dspevack wrote:

I don't think it takes humility to use this. Its a tool.

I think only a tool would wear such a tool while driving their scooter.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:52 pm

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dspevack wrote:
I don't think it takes humility to use this. Its a tool.

I think only a tool would wear such a tool while driving their scooter.

Ignoring for a moment that that's a derogatory and unnecessary comment, similar to JG saying. "Only real riders yatta yatta"...

We were referring to wearing this while standing over your bike trunk or open seat using it to see whatever it is you are doing. Sometimes you need two hands, and a fixed light on the interior top of your seat or trunk can end up giving you shadows where your arms and hands are.
Putting on a headlight means the light is always where you need it.

Now back to what I was ignoring....do I need to spell it out for you further Terry?
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:47 pm

Sorry, I misinterpreted. All I could picture was a scooter rider wearing one in lieu of a headlight. To keep one in the seat storage area would be a good idea in an emergency.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:18 pm

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Sorry, I misinterpreted.  All I could picture was a scooter rider wearing one in lieu of a headlight. To keep one in the seat storage area would be a good idea in an emergency.

Although I've never done it because there have always been better alternatives....

The theory of the third brake light being central and high for other drivers to better notice also applies to headlights. So if one was going to extremes to be careful...on say, a rental scooter that did not have additional lighting...wearing a headlamp while riding would serve a valuable, though not aesthetic purpose.  It would also have the benefit of lighting where you turn your head, where as your scooter would just light directly in front of you.  Amusingly, if at night you turn your head a lot, or bounce your head in time with the music, you would appear as a lunatic driver to oncoming traffic.  They would definitely steer clear of you.

Necessity is often the mother of invention, but rarely fashion. (Good save btw)  Smile 

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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:01 pm

Bigbird get back in line. This site is no place for opinions. Smile Smile Smile .
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:11 pm

hotwings wrote:
Bigbird get back in line. This site is no place for opinions. Smile Smile Smile .

After apologizing and getting another dig in at JG for his ludicrous statements, I'm back in the queue.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:40 am

I too opted for the light with switch for the trunk. As some have previously stated, it was not quite a 5min.job,mainly because the two springy plastic retainer lugs did not have enough give to allow the assy.to be pushed into the existing cut-out.This was overcome by a little "adjustment"wih a heat gun! As a portable torch ,I use a little gizmo called a Blocklite Mini Compact.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:26 am

I can see myself turning on the switchable light and forgetting to turn it off just as likely as the current light not turning off due to the seat being improperly latched.
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PostSubject: Re: Remove trunk light bulb ... help   Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:16 am

LDB wrote:
I can see myself turning on the switchable light and forgetting to turn it off just as likely as the current light not turning off due to the seat being improperly latched.

Then you are probably a good candidate for removing the bulb totally...  clown 
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