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Clarinetcat
10th May 2007, 17:13
So, I am reading the manual. :doh

I removed the tail light lens, disconnected the 4-prong connector, and pulled the bulb out of the tail light housing as instructed. For turn signals, you simply push, turn counterclockwise, and pull to remove the bulbs... this doesn't seem to want to budge, and of course this is the one time the manual doesn't say how to remove the bulb.

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m96/clarinetcat1/Tech%20Pics/TailLightBulb.jpg

I really don't want to be f@#ked and accidentally shatter this thing while it is in the socket...
A little help please.

<oh yeah, MrJimi... I'll stay logged on> :D

ReddTigger
10th May 2007, 17:37
I can't be certain, as I deal with BUS bulbs. but this looks like a simple push in type bult. Have you tried just pulling on it?

Johnny Wolf
10th May 2007, 17:42
Just pull it out.

rshute4
10th May 2007, 17:54
yeah just pull it out! dont be a wussie!

sportsterrific
10th May 2007, 17:57
That's what my girlfriend said the other night!

Clarinetcat
10th May 2007, 17:58
Just pull it out.

yeah just pull it out! dont be a wussie!

:(

I'm pulling on it, and it's not moving at all.

And I'm excellent at yanking things, too. :roflblack

Johnny Wolf
10th May 2007, 18:18
Try to rock side to side a little when pulling on it....obviously I'm an expert too.:p

Clarinetcat
10th May 2007, 18:41
Try to rock side to side a little when pulling on it....obviously I'm an expert too.:p

Tried that... I think I'm gonna get some help from a pro... err... professional and see if the parts guys at the dealership can get it loose.

I have to go out this afternoon anyways, and this way if they break it, they can replace it. :shhhh

Clarinetcat
10th May 2007, 22:45
Well the good news is that Eric in parts at the dealership was able to get the bulb loose, but it was stuck... he couldn't get it off at first either.

The bad news is the whole reason I was trying to remove the bulb was to replace it with a red bulb to go with my new smoke laydown tail light lens.
I wanted to use a kickass iridium red 1157 round bulb like this:
http://www.jpcycles.com/productdetail.aspx?PID=330-710

Problem is, the 2006 Sportster uses a "wedge" bulb like this:
http://www.jpcycles.com/productdetail.aspx?PID=3400561&cs=Harley&GID=8b3c9779-e392-4f0e-9982-bbc14769f03b&store=&page=&search=

I did not know this.

I am not happy.

Anyone need two expensive red round bulbs? :(

toe
10th May 2007, 22:51
goto the dealer and check out part # 68832-99 it's an earlier version that uses a 1157 bulb. The plug end and may be the same......

Brad
10th May 2007, 22:52
Yea, I did the same thing. Finally found a red 3157 and let someone have my red 1157's.

I was worried about getting it out too, but I did the side to side thing and finally got it out!

LuxBlue
10th May 2007, 22:52
You can get a high output red LED for your tail light. It'll never burn out. I did and I'm very happy with it.

LuxBlue
10th May 2007, 23:00
Here's a link where I got mine.

http://autolumination.com/3157_3156.htm

Clarinetcat
11th May 2007, 00:08
Here's a link where I got mine.

http://autolumination.com/3157_3156.htm

Ummm... could you please tell me which one? There are lots of wedge bulbs, not sure which one you used.

Thanks in advance! :clap

ReddTigger
11th May 2007, 00:13
The xx56 is a single filament bulb
the xx57 is a dual filament bulb..

This is true if its an 1157 or a 2157 or an 3157

Hope it helps

However, for a couple of bucks, you can get This....

http://www.kuryakyn.com/products.asp?bn=harley&ci=2540
http://www.kuryakyn.com/graphics/products/popup/4972-harley.jpg

I did, and I am SUPER HAPPY !!

1stGenRex
11th May 2007, 00:29
The xx56 is a single filament bulb
the xx57 is a dual filament bulb..

This is true if its an 1157 or a 2157 or an 3157

Hope it helps

However, for a couple of bucks, you can get This....

http://www.kuryakyn.com/products.asp?bn=harley&ci=2540
http://www.kuryakyn.com/graphics/products/popup/4972-harley.jpg

I did, and I am SUPER HAPPY !!
wouldnt that defeat the purpouse of why he took the bulb out to begin with?:frownthre

ReddTigger
11th May 2007, 00:37
Since when does purpose mean anything ?????

Of course I answered his question. and added some additional information..

If people didn't change their minds, Ebay wouldn't have half the stuff it has !


Just saying.

Clarinetcat
11th May 2007, 00:43
Since when does purpose mean anything ?????

Of course I answered his question. and added some additional information..

If people didn't change their minds, Ebay wouldn't have half the stuff it has !


Just saying.

It's true... the Kuryakyn is a viable option.
But I really wanted to go with a smoke lens as opposed to another red lens.

Still, info is appreciated. ;)

Speaking of Ebay... wonder if I should Ebay these Iridium bulbs. :frownthre

1stGenRex
11th May 2007, 00:46
Since when does purpose mean anything ?????

Of course I answered his question. and added some additional information..

If people didn't change their minds, Ebay wouldn't have half the stuff it has !


Just saying.

WHOA! i wasn't trying to flame you...i was j/k...maybe I'll post this next time:banadanc :banana and you'll know i'm joking!

ReddTigger
11th May 2007, 00:57
WHOA! i wasn't trying to flame you...i was j/k...maybe I'll post this next time:banadanc :banana and you'll know i'm joking!

I didn't take it as a flame, Sorry if My tone was a little off, DAM internet,, ya can't tell...

then again Kuryakyn also makes this....

http://www.kuryakyn.com/products.asp?bn=harley&ci=3011
http://www.kuryakyn.com/graphics/products/popup/11958_kur_4974_tt_h_pu.jpg

The BEST of both worlds IMO..

and I Found it here for only ...97.95

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/KURYAKYN-DELUXE-SMOKED-LED-TAILLIGHT-FOR-HARLEY-4974_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ35575QQihZ004QQite mZ140114217546QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

1stGenRex
11th May 2007, 01:00
I didn't take it as a flame, Sorry if My tone was a little off, DAM internet,, ya can't tell...

then again Kuryakyn also makes this....

http://www.kuryakyn.com/products.asp?bn=harley&ci=3011
http://www.kuryakyn.com/graphics/products/popup/11958_kur_4974_tt_h_pu.jpg

The BEST of both worlds IMO..

and I Found it here for only ...97.95

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/KURYAKYN-DELUXE-SMOKED-LED-TAILLIGHT-FOR-HARLEY-4974_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ35575QQihZ004QQite mZ140114217546QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

i was looking for that one as you posted it...there are some cheaper ones on ebay too, but as far as brightness and quality, who knows, you might get what you pay for

Clarinetcat
11th May 2007, 01:02
...Kuryakyn also makes this....

http://www.kuryakyn.com/products.asp?bn=harley&ci=3011
http://www.kuryakyn.com/graphics/products/popup/11958_kur_4974_tt_h_pu.jpg

The BEST of both worlds IMO..

and I Found it here for only ...97.95

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/KURYAKYN-DELUXE-SMOKED-LED-TAILLIGHT-FOR-HARLEY-4974_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ35575QQihZ004QQite mZ140114217546QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

Also a fantastic option, and one that I seriously considered for a long time...
Except I didn't want to spend $100 on a taillight assembly.

The cheapie smoke laydown lens I bought from J&P was only like $25, and I was hoping to not too spend much on bulbs. Looks like that wish just went right out the window, ROFL! :doh

07sporty
11th May 2007, 01:03
i got the drag specialties smoked light on tuesday, and used the 3157(wedge) LED also drag specialties....
PART #7805-2003
WEDGE RED LED
VN-P#S8-3157RLED

Thats for my 07, hope this helps

ReddTigger
11th May 2007, 01:04
I have the deluxe laydown led one(1st one I posted), I Friggen ADORE it..

I am always showin it off..

I also added the Badlands back-off (the original one, I had to add a resistor to it and to ground to make it work with the LED's) but it's awesome..

I've seen other LED "Style" out there.. The really nice thing about this kit, is it plugs right into your socket, no Wiring needed, No Equalizer needed.. Just PLUG n PLAY.. (the way I like it)

Clarinetcat
11th May 2007, 01:06
I wish I knew which one of these red wedgies from Autolumination (http://autolumination.com/3157_3156.htm) LuxBlue used...

They look pretty cool, decent prices, and reasonable shipping too.

ReddTigger
11th May 2007, 01:12
I wish I knew which one of these red wedgies from Autolumination (http://autolumination.com/3157_3156.htm) LuxBlue used...

They look pretty cool, decent prices, and reasonable shipping too.


I'd say go with this one..

http://superlumination.com/images/auto_bulbs/3157_amber.jpg

Located at the bottom of the page. for only 1.99... gets you what you're looking to do (Cheaply)

07sporty
11th May 2007, 01:12
I wish I knew which one of these red wedgies from Autolumination (http://autolumination.com/3157_3156.htm) LuxBlue used...

They look pretty cool, decent prices, and reasonable shipping too.

3157 is the correct bulb...just look at your stock clear it says 3157 right one mine

Clarinetcat
11th May 2007, 01:25
3157 is the correct bulb...just look at your stock clear it says 3157 right one mine

Yeah... the entire page has several different red 3157's.
The only reason I am curious which one LuxBlue used is because I wonder if any of them don't fit.

That's all I need is to order another bulb that doesn't fit. :smackh

<that's it... I'm changing my signature>

Clarinetcat
11th May 2007, 01:33
goto the dealer and check out part # 68832-99 it's an earlier version that uses a 1157 bulb. The plug end and may be the same......

Oh yeah, this is funny... I actually thought of that in my little pea brain, so while I was there I asked if a different pigtail for round bulbs would work on my '06. http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m96/clarinetcat1/Smilies/blink.gif

The parts guys told me if I wanted to use a round 1157 bulb instead of a wedge, I'd have to change everything... housing, wiring, and bulb.

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m96/clarinetcat1/Smilies/explode.gif

mikeLI_77
11th May 2007, 02:01
when you finally figure out which bulb you want use some dielectric grease on the base of the bulb before you install it. That will help with corrosion and getting it out the next time you need to.

Brad
11th May 2007, 02:03
I'd say go with this one..

http://superlumination.com/images/auto_bulbs/3157_amber.jpg

Located at the bottom of the page. for only 1.99... gets you what you're looking to do (Cheaply)

Just ordered that one... Cat ~ hopefully you'll get to see it next weekend!

Clarinetcat
11th May 2007, 02:31
Just ordered that one... Cat ~ hopefully you'll get to see it next weekend!

I think I'm going to do the same thing tomorrow...
Going to sleep on it first, then order tomorrow morning over my morning coffee.

Hopefully you'll get to see it next weekend as well! :clap

racerwill
11th May 2007, 03:07
so you just use a red bulb instead of a red lens?..... that opens up some design options.


Ww

stimbrell
12th May 2007, 00:55
Holy ******* ****, Ok, anyone needs some very expensive round cap, red LED tail / stop bulbs with a ring of white LEDs pointing outwards at the back to illuminate the licence plate, because after reading this I know they are going to be no use to me when my smoked rear lens turns up !!!

Steve.

Clarinetcat
12th May 2007, 02:27
Holy ******* ****, Ok, anyone needs some very expensive round cap, red LED tail / stop bulbs with a ring of white LEDs pointing outwards at the back to illuminate the licence plate, because after reading this I know they are going to be no use to me when my smoked rear lens turns up !!!

Steve.

You too, eh?

Ording the wrong part sucks... :(

Johnny Wolf
12th May 2007, 02:35
You too, eh?

Ording the wrong part sucks... :(

I've got a bunch of stuff I ordered that I can't, won't, or changed my mind about. Just start a pile, you might go back to them or trade someone on here. I'm lucky because one of my Dad's hd's is a Sporty, so we trade parts sometimes.:D

LuxBlue
13th May 2007, 16:26
Ummm... could you please tell me which one? There are lots of wedge bulbs, not sure which one you used.

Thanks in advance! :clap

It's been a while since I bought it but I believe I got the tower type. Shines out in all directions. Looks like there are some new types since I got mine. Just remember though....you need to get the same color LED as your lens. Red LED, red lens, etc. Unless you have a clear or smoked lens. I made that mistake the first time when I ordered. I got a white LED for my red lens. It wasn't very bright. I called back and they said to use a red LED for the red lens. Sent it back and got the red one. Works great. Nice people to deal with too!

LuxBlue
13th May 2007, 16:28
I wish I knew which one of these red wedgies from Autolumination (http://autolumination.com/3157_3156.htm) LuxBlue used...

They look pretty cool, decent prices, and reasonable shipping too.

If you call, they could suggest the best one for your application.

LuxBlue
13th May 2007, 16:41
I wish I knew which one of these red wedgies from Autolumination (http://autolumination.com/3157_3156.htm) LuxBlue used...

They look pretty cool, decent prices, and reasonable shipping too.

Found it! I got the Light Tower II 20 wide angle oval LED in Red.

http://superlumination.com/images/auto_bulbs/3157_pt_r.jpg

Brad
23rd July 2007, 02:38
Well, earlier, I said, just yank it side to side and I still stand by that, but I was having an issue where I (apparently) kept blowing bulbs. I can usually get by without the running light, but no break light is a little too risky. I thought it might have something to do with the lowered shocks and me possibly trashing the harness. Turns out it was a lot simpler. Repeated removal of the bulb made it so the little hooks on the bulb were not engaging. So I'd put the bulb in, thinking it made a positive connection, which it did, but a few dozen bumps down the road and the bulb would disengage ever so slightly. It still felt tight so I would just pull it out and replace it.

It got to be a bit much and I set about looking for a solution. I was hoping there was something wrong with the socket as it looked a little out of shape. Dlish hooked me up with his old one (and a new LED bulb to boot!). I discovered it was the bad socket when I was replacing the old one. These bulbs that I thought were bad, were just not pushed in enough. Even then, they wouldn't stay, but I could see that the bulb was in fact good, it was just the socket that was bad.

Anyone know the proper way to remove these bulbs? Not that I'm taking this one out anytime soon :)

http://xlforum.net/photopost/data/754/medium/taillight-harness.jpg

rodastro883
23rd July 2007, 03:12
I fitted a lay down tail light last year a red one from Drag, used the oem bulb
The bulb sits so close to the lens it has just about melted through
anyone else had this problem?
I since have fitted a LED bulb but that just fell to bits
Did send an e-mail to Drag but had no reply

Brad
23rd July 2007, 03:17
Yea, when I started using halogen bulbs I melted the lens. Just ordered a new clear (non-laydown) one from J&P. My lens is so hot I can press it in with my finger when I've been riding for some time. Didn't have this problem with the non-halogen bulbs.

Clarinetcat
23rd July 2007, 03:20
I fitted a lay down tail light last year a red one from Drag, used the oem bulb
The bulb sits so close to the lens it has just about melted through
anyone else had this problem?
I since have fitted a LED bulb but that just fell to bits
Did send an e-mail to Drag but had no reply

Maybe try an LED bulb from Autolumination?

Link is found earlier in this thread... I'm too lazy to retype it. ;)

Others have had the melting tail-light problem as well... I'll at least give you that link. :rolleyes:

Laydown taillight lens meltdown (http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/showthread.php?t=68754)

sprtrjl
23rd July 2007, 04:14
I just found this thread and see that you already got your bulb out.

Next time you have a problem a small pocket screwdriver will help pop them out.