How To Easily Clean Your Motorcycle Headlights

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silver headlightsA well-loved motorcycle is not treated kindly by the road, so from time to time it is necessary to clean out the small places that tend to build up filth. Even though headlights are relatively safe from getting dirty because of their shape and configuration that generally keeps bugs and dirt out, they do tend to get slowly dirtier over time. Yellowing of the lens happens, foggy films and residues can slowly set in, bugs and dirt do eventually find a way in somehow – it is inevitable. As sealed up as it seems to be, the headlamp will slowly build up enough gunk over time where you will not notice until it is probably pretty far along, and visibility is starting to dim. So now, you are stuck wondering how on earth you should clean your headlight. We can help! There are quite a few options and solutions for your headlight problem.

Do It Yourself

Many a brave DIY’ers have embraced this task and owned it so why can’t you? It really is not a terribly difficult task. The most important thing is to not damage the light or use the wrong solution or cleaner on the light. It may be a trial and error process but here are a few recommended home-made solutions to de-filth your headlights:

  • Take a cloth and wrap it around a coat hanger or a similarly shaped object. After that, spray your fancy new home-made polishing tool with Windex or glass cleaner and wipe the surfaces of the lens and the reflector. Be careful not to wipe the reflector area too hard because the solution can either take off the coating completely or damage it.
  • Remove the lens assembly completely from your bike and then let it soak in soap and water. After letting it soak for a while, you can rinse it in tap water. Then soak it in Windex and then rinse it in water again. This is a very gentle method and preferred by many.
  • Soak in laundry detergent and warm water (dish detergent leaves a filmy residue, so it is not recommended) then rinse and let it air dry.
  • Toothpaste is actually a recommended method for polishing the headlight. It is not recommended for use on the reflector area, but for the actual clear headlamp part, it can work wonders.

Cleaning Kit

There are special cleaning kits that you can buy that are relatively inexpensive and have all the tools and cleaners included that you will need to clean, polish and restore your headlights. They can be simpler than other methods of headlight cleaning because they are made for bikes and come with instructions. These kits are also more likely to not damage your lights since the chemicals and ingredients involved are actually meant to be put on the different areas of your headlight. Moreover, the tools are specifically designed to fit in spaces that need cleaning without doing damage to the light fixture.

There are also cleaning solutions that come without a kit, but they are essentially the same thing because they are made especially for car and motorcycle headlights. You will just need to find or make your own tools to use with it.

Professional Service

If you are concerned about damaging the light or your bike, it may be a good idea to take it to get cleaned professionally. They usually do not charge very much because it is a simple process, but they know how to do it well. If they damage it, they will probably just replace it. It is generally recommended that you go to a place that details bikes and cars rather than a dealership because they will tend to do a better job and are more knowledgeable about how to do it in general.

Replacing The Lamp

Although it is much more expensive to replace the headlights on your motorcycle than just cleaning them yourself or having them cleaned professionally, another good option is just to replace those suckers. Depending on how old and hard ridden your bike is, it could be hard to restore the headlamps to a dazzling brand new condition. Our recommendation, if you are on the fence with this, is to try polishing and cleaning them yourself. Then if that does not get the results you want, take them in to be replaced. For honda cbr600rr motorcycle parts visit Extreme Fairings and save 25% on selected products.


How to Tint Your Own Windscreen

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Tinting your windscreen does not have to be difficult. You can get everything that you need at any nearby auto supply store. It will save you hundreds, and you can be on your bike the very same afternoon. You do want to find out the laws in your area, just to make sure that you do not inadvertently tint them too dark. Laws vary by the state and country.

What you are going to need

Before you begin, there are a few things that you need to make sure you have. You will need either a screwdriver or a hex key to remove your windscreen. While it is not absolutely necessary to remove the windscreen, it will help to make that you can get an even application. Some parts may be harder to reach and apply tint to if you do not take it off completely.

tint a windshield You need to have your choice of window tint ready to go. There are a couple of different choices here. You can choose to buy a roll of film, a spray, or liquid dye. The roll will take you a little bit more patience to apply. It is easier to get even, and you can cut it down to exactly the right size. It also requires very little time to dry. The spray will need to be applied in a well-ventilated area, like outdoors. It does take a little longer to dry. The tint spray is also harder to get an even application. Finally, you have liquid dye. The liquid dye is a lot more work. It tends to be messy, and you cannot really see any spots that need extra attention until after it dries.

The applicator liquid is usually included in the kit with the roll of tint. Check on the box of the tint; sometimes it comes in a pouch and you need to add water to it. If this is the case, you will need to get a spray bottle. This is usually just for the roll tint. The spray and the liquid should have their own bottles.

A sponge is needed for an even application. You will need a sponge to smooth out the liquid application for the roll. The spray tint also will benefit from being thinned out with a sponge. It can be tricky using the sponge with either the spray or the dye, but it is essential to get the application even.

A squeegee will be essential to smoothing out all the bubbles and making sure that the roll tint is smooth and flat. You do not have to purchase an actual squeegee; you can use your id or bank card just as easily. In fact, it may be easier to control and work with a card.

Finally, you will have to have scissors or a sharp blade. You will need first to cut it down to the right size, and then you will need to trim the edges to fit flawlessly. A box cutter will give you easy control of the blade. Just keep your fingers out of the way.

How It Is Done

The first step is necessary no matter what type of tint you choose to use. After removing the screen from the bike, place it on a towel or any dry, clean surface. Hot water or alcohol is needed to clean the screen thoroughly. You want to make sure there is absolutely no debris on your screen. Allow it to dry completely.

Next you will need to cut your roll tint to be a little bigger than your screen to make sure that you have plenty of extra film to work with. If you are using spray or dye, this is the time to make sure it is mixed and ready to go.  You should test the spray out on of a piece of wood just so that you know how to handle it.

The third step is the actual application itself. This is the final step if you are using dye or spray.  For the spray, you will start at the bottom and work your way up. Try to spray in continuous lines to get an even coating. The dye will be applied by pouring some on and then wiping it off. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Use the sponge to get an even application. When using the roll, you will first spray it down with the application spray. Then place the tint over the top, leaving overlapping tint all around it. Start at the bottom and use a card to smooth out all the bubbles.  The last step on the roll tint is to use the scissors and cut the edges.

That’s it! Once you have given your tint time to dry, you are ready to ride. There is nothing more satisfying than stepping back and looking at a job well done.