How-to: Replace Turn Signals Visor Trim Rings on Harley-Davidson
So, continuing with the 2011 Harley-Davidson XL883N Iron you saw on a previous blog post, I will proceed to another easy and cheap modification that improves the style of the bike.
Example bike: 2011 Harley-Davidson XL833N
Applies to: All Harley-Davidson models equipped with bullet style turn signals apart from the LED ones.
Time: 5-10 minutes
Parts: (1) Front trim rings smoked lens, (2) Yellow amber bulbs
Tools: (1) A standard, flat-head screwdriver, (2) Some electrical contact lubricant
If you recall, the model we are dealing with here has a very clean design and as you can see in the following photograph, the yellow turn signals do not fit that style very well.
In this case, we used the following trim rings with smoked lens (part number 73342-09).
As you can see from the above photograph, the kit also includes the required yellow amber bulbs. However, you should be careful to select the type that fits your bike’s turn signals. More specifically, the available types are:
1) 1156A Single Filament (which is for front turn signals)
2) 1157A Dual Filament (which is for rear turn signals)
If you click on the above picture (to see it in higher resolution) you will notice that this kit has dual filament light bulbs, this means that we had to separately buy two 1156A light bulbs which costs less than 1€ so it’s nothing really important.
Okay, the only tool you will need for this task is a standard flat-head screwdriver. Personally, I used a 6.5mm screwdriver you see here.
Now, locate a notch at the turn signal (usually underneath) that should look like the highlighted part of the next photograph.
Insert the tip of the flat-head screwdriver to this notch and gently push it towards you. The yellow lens will pop out and you will have direct access to the amber bulb. If you do not fill confident enough that you won’t scratch the turn signal’s paint, you can put a thick paper towel between the screwdriver’s tip and notch.
Now twist the installed amber light bulb and it will also pop out. Be careful not to make a mess inside the turn signal since the light bulb’s base is lubricated with electrical contact lubricant.
Put some electrical contact lubricant on your new yellow light bulb and install it using the same steps. Push it and twist it.
Finally, take the new visor trim ring and push it inside the turn signal.
Remove the lens protective film and you’re ready.
For completeness, here are two photographs before and after the installation of the new visor trim rings to see the difference.