On-going fame for my tip, I love being able to give something
back to this board!
4000k's since the fix and it is still going strong
with no problems. Got the film
developed last week that shows the hooks (although anyone
can see it if they
pull their headlight apart).
Well I finally got sick of the
headlight rattle last week because for me it is too
noticeable at 100kmh in 5th gear which is cruising speed
for me. It also rattles at
a certain RPM in all other gears to which was annoying.
At a guess I would say
somewhere around the 1500 to 2000 rpm mark but I can't
I know some of you have had luck with wrapping the
wires inside the headlight
with various things but my wires are already enclosed
in rubber, so this is what
I have had the headlight apart once before and noticed
the metal lips that
protrude from the main housing and was thinking maybe
I could get some
rubber and stick it along those areas and deaden the
I actually bought some rubber that had a back part
that peeled off so it was self
adhesive. I didn't want any problems getting the headlight
back on so I got the
thinnest I could find which was 1.6cm (about 1/2 an
When I got home I wanted to see if I could get the
headlight to rattle without
actually having to ride the bike somewhere so I wasn't
pulling it apart and
putting it back together and saddling up continuously
if it didn't work.
Sure enough if I stood beside the bike and very
slowly applied the throttle I
could get the headlight to rattle... Not only that I
could get it to SHAKE RATTLE
AND ROLL!! Geesh, have any of you guys done this? What
happens at around
the 1500 to 2000 rpm mark is the headlight starts whipping
back and forth in
it's mount like crazy! No wonder this bastard rattles!
Under or over that mark
and the headlight smoothes out, but you get it at that
right point and the
headlight becomes a blur!
So any ways I pulled the headlight apart and placed
the self adhesive rubber on
the metal bits that stick out from the main headlight
housing and put it all back
together. No good, DAMMIT! So I start trying to think
logically about the problem
(me logical, now THAT'S a laugh).
The headlight only has two bolts that hold the front
headlight onto the actual
housing. These bolts are at 4 and 8 o'clock. There is
no bolt at 12 o'clock
though. From the riding position the headlight whips
up and done as if it was
nodding. So I am thinking it has to be at the top of
the headlight where there is
After having another look at the housing I notice
at the top there are two metal
almost hook like things coming out from it that the
headlight would hook over to
go into position (have a look and you will see what
I mean) Now these didn't
look like they would fit all that snugly and I thought
this could be where the
rattle was coming from as the headlight does it's boogie.
I got some more of the rubber and squashed it down
into the two metal lips
and put the headlight back on. No more rattle for Glenn!!
I have since done
about 150 miles and it has not returned so this MAY
have done it. No doubt the
rubber will compress with time so I might look at something
thicker at a later
date but this will do for now.
My main concern now is that the headlight is still
vibrating like crazy in that small
window of RPMS. It concerns me because of the cruising
speed, even though it
doesn't rattle any more it is still shaking and that
can't be good. What we need
is someone to fabricate a bracket to strengthen it.
But anyway, there is what I did.
Yup, Thas Right. In Orstraylia, Mate
'99 Pearl and Olive Roadstar, ISRA# 1420
East Coast Australia Time GMT +10 Hours
Today for Me is Tomorrow for You
From: Big Dan (REACHFORSTAR)
There are several ways..I used cork. The 1/4 inch dot
stick ons that you buy at
the 5& 10 to put on the bottom of vases and stuff to protect
them on the rim they are adhesive and trim them even with the
edge. I also put
some bubble wrap around my wires. It worked.
"Big Dan" -'StarRider'
Remember the Alamo, Never give Up
2000 Crimson/Cherry ISRA#1905