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Headlight taping and mirror removal.

Hi guys!

I'm attending two trackdays on January (16 and 31), and I have to tape the lights...

Obviously I'll be using blue painters tape, as it seems to come off easier than regular masking tape. But I'm worried about two things:

a) If the headlights are on, they will overheat the tape and the adhesive may stick into the lenses. How can I turn the headlights off? Just pulling out the fuse? (I've read that on some bikes the dashboard feeds from the same power line, so you can actually screw it if you remove the fuse).

b) How long can I leave the tape over the lenses? I would rather just tape them once instead of taping them for each trackday.

I also have to remove the mirrors. Is there some sort of block off plate to put in place of the mirror?
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Hi guys!

I'm attending two trackdays on January (16 and 31), and I have to tape the lights...

Obviously I'll be using blue painters tape, as it seems to come off easier than regular masking tape. But I'm worried about two things:

a) If the headlights are on, they will overheat the tape and the adhesive may stick into the lenses. How can I turn the headlights off? Just pulling out the fuse? (I've read that on some bikes the dashboard feeds from the same power line, so you can actually screw it if you remove the fuse).

b) How long can I leave the tape over the lenses? I would rather just tape them once instead of taping them for each trackday.

I also have to remove the mirrors. Is there some sort of block off plate to put in place of the mirror?
try electrical tape it doesnt leave the goo on the lights... yes they do sell block offs dont remember who though....



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tape up the lights, then take the bulbs out. very simple.

regarding the block of plates you could make your own, just trace round the base on the mirror on anything solid really, plastic, mdf, ali etc etc then cut it out.

there is one more thing you should tape up, The speedo part of your clocks, you don't need to look at it so just get rid of the temptation to look down at it, and then look up to see you have missed your braking point
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Definitely do NOT take out the headlight fuse, just unplug the headlight.....at the light itself. As far as blockoff plates go, if you aren't too mechanically inclined, you can buy blockoff plates on ebay pretty cheap. I think I got mine for around $12 or $13. The name brand blockoffs are waaaaay overpriced.

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It won't melt, you can just leave them on. You can use block off plates, but you can also just put the bolts back in. It works fine.



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tape up the lights, then take the bulbs out. very simple.

regarding the block of plates you could make your own, just trace round the base on the mirror on anything solid really, plastic, mdf, ali etc etc then cut it out.

there is one more thing you should tape up, The speedo part of your clocks, you don't need to look at it so just get rid of the temptation to look down at it, and then look up to see you have missed your braking point


This is the best advice to do aswell. A friend of mine told me to do the same thing.
For the mirrors I just take them off and use some wire ties to hold the front cowl on for more security.

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You can just tape ove rthe lights and leave it. No need to pull a fuse, no need to remove it. I've done it a ton of times on my '07.

For teh mirrors, I could never get the big bolt in the middle out, so I remove the whole assembly by taking out the two little bolts on the side. No need to wire anythign. The fairing will stay in place.
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Go to Cyclegear and buy the square sheets of vinyl they have. They sell it in the dirt-bike section. Cut up the pieces for all your lights and presto chango, you have permanent light decals that you can re-use over and over again for the track as long as you keep the sticky part clean when you peel them off the bike after a track event. No annoyingly ugly painters tape needed :)
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it takes all of 35 seconds to unplug your headlight. right underneath the corner cover there is a plug. it is clear in color. unplug it and your lights get no power. super easy to do
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You can't take the headlight fuse out of the '07 since the bike won't fire without it. What I do is:

-tape all lights with black electrical tape. It doesn't leave goo behind and the black looks better than bright blue (unless you have a blue bike :).
-unplug the headlights. Its really easy, just unscrew the cap a half turn exposing the wires, then unplug it, tape the wire, screw the cap back on. I tape up the end of the plug with electrical tape. This is probably unnecessary, but it only takes 20 seconds.
-unplug the rear lighting harnesses. You might have to take off the rear bodywork to access the plugs.
-unscrew the center bolt in the mirror. It's stiff, but will release. Then your mirror plate acts as a block-off plate.
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You can't take the headlight fuse out of the '07 since the bike won't fire without it. What I do is:

-\Its really easy, just unscrew the cap a half turn exposing the wires, then unplug it, tape the wire, screw the cap back on. I tape up the end of the plug with electrical tape. This is probably unnecessary, but it only takes 20 seconds.
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why would you do that instead of just unplugging the lights/?
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why would you do that instead of just unplugging the lights/?
Do what? Taping the ends of the wires after unplugging them?

Its just added protection against the bulb's bracket rubbing against the wire since the wire will still be hot. Its probably completely unnecessary but I feel better doing it.
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why would you unscrew the light and unplug and tape there? why wouldn't you just unplug the harness under the corner covers. they have plugs so you wouldn't need to tape them. it's faster and way less to do
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I guess we're talking about the same thing. I don't unscrew the light, just the black cover behind the light, then unplug it. I then tape the ends of the harness. Like I said, its probably pointless but it gives me a sense of ease.
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Fellas, you don't need to unplug the lights, I swear.
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Fellas, you don't need to unplug the lights, I swear.
Unless your using duck tape. I was shocked on my first trackday that at least 50% of the beginner group were using it.
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^he he, I used duct tape my first trackday.

What is so wrong with pulling the headlight fuse? is there something different about 07's? my bike runs fine with it out.

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^he he, I used duct tape my first trackday.

What is so wrong with pulling the headlight fuse? is there something different about 07's? my bike runs fine with it out.
I beleive you can pull the headlight fuse on the 03-06 with no problems, but the 07-10 's need the headlight fuse to start the engine. Its the way Honda wired them. There was a thread somewhere about a work-around where you hold down the starter button while turning the key on, but it never worked for me. Its not a big deal though, pulling the wires from the lights is easy enough.
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I do this before I tape up the lights. get some liquid car wax. polish up the headlights. then put the blue painters tape on. Trim as necessary or to your liking. and unplug the harness from the bulb. Do your trackday. Afterwards, the painters tape comes off very easy without residue on your headlights.

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I taped up my lights last season...no problems.
just tape em up good...should show no light.
I tape first with masking..then top layer with black duct tape.
basically no light should show...

Really the reason you do this these days....is:
1) No distraction from riding. (front or rear)
2) specially rear ...since brake light
3) if headlight plastic breaks..it will be all over the track..
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