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Headlight Lens Question

There's all kinds of info out here regarding the bulb, but I can't find anything on the lens. Is the lens a standard 7"? I'm looking to upgrade to a Cibie or Hella E-code 7" headlamp. Has anyone else replaced the stock lens?

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There's all kinds of info out here regarding the bulb, but I can't find anything on the lens. Is the lens a standard 7"? I'm looking to upgrade to a Cibie or Hella E-code 7" headlamp. Has anyone else replaced the stock lens?
I am with you here. I have never been able to tell what size this lens is.

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I'd like to know as well. Mine's starting to get just a little "cloudy". Is the normal for these at 20 years old?

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There's all kinds of info out here regarding the bulb, but I can't find anything on the lens. Is the lens a standard 7"? I'm looking to upgrade to a Cibie or Hella E-code 7" headlamp. Has anyone else replaced the stock lens?
I think it was Dianna who changed lenses, but needed to also change out the headlight bucket. I think because of clearance issues.


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I just walked outside and measured mine and it's just shy of 6.5", which (I think) is what's referred to a 7".
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Yes, it is called a "7 inch headlamp"...as mentioned, Dianna did switch to a diffrent reflector (that is what I call them) but had to switch to a diffrent headlight bucket because the Kawasaki one is not long enough to fit the aftermarket reflectors. I think she used one off an old Suzuki.

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A while back, I ordered a new lense/reflector, a 7" just to try it. It was too wide in diameter for the ring to go around it off our bikes. So I know the width is weird.

If anyone has done any headlight mods that worked out good, I'd sure like to know about them, and see some photos! I'd like to get more light up front without taxing the electrical system.

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Check out Gypsy's defunct website, I beleive she did a lens change. Search Gypsy and there is a link to her archieve.

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It can be done, I've done it on other bikes that used a standard 7" motorcycle headlamp. I did have to cut a hole in the back of the HL bucket for the extra depth. My plan is to use a 'free form crystal lens' - nearly clear with a cool looking reflector - similar to HID when using the silverstar bulb, but w/o the high price.

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I've done it on other bikes that used a standard 7" motorcycle headlamp
This is probably a dumb question, so be gentile, but, is there a difference between a 7" motorcycle headlight and a 7" auto headlight?

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