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    Made a few mods over winter.
    Ive been thinking long about replacing the headlight but wanted to have it still look like it came from the factory and to be able to rebuild back to original when and if required.
    I quite like the look of the R nine-t so got some inspiration from that style. Round retro style headlight with small original bikini fairing.
    I know some wont like it but I really am happy with the results.

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    Well done! Love the new looks, very aggressive old school looks. All black, such a nice bike you got there.
    Did you have to insert some kind of spacers between headlight and holder, it's hard to see from your photos? From what I remember when I did my conversion, the gap was pretty big.

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    Thanks Culager...
    Yes there is 1 x nylon/plastic spacer each side between the headlight and the original headlight bracket.
    The good thing is it looks original.
    I unfortunately had to cut the original headlight electrical connector off. Not a problem as the replacement Deutch connector is waterproof and its now plug and play back to either the original headlight or this aftermarket headlight.
    Even better is that you see no wires and all looks like it came from the factory.
    Amazing what a bit of time, soldering and heat-shrink can do ....

    Electrical connectors waterproof:
    https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01F39OW9M/..._OqJAEbF2DH00C

    Large assortment of Spacers made to measure:
    http://accu.co.uk

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    You can see better the front from this photo..
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    There was no need to cut the OEM connector off. This connector mates up with it: 1J0 973 833
    You can Google the number and find various sources.
    Some examples:
    https://www.automotive-connectors.co..._store=english
    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/AUDI-VW-Skod...3/182590029791
    https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...ing/1j0973833/

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    Great job again Robbie, thanks for the additional photo. The bike looks great .
    About the paint, is this a custom paint job or is this original factory color? Looks like black matte, correct me if I'm wrong. I was thinking to repaint my bike temporarily with plasti dip just to see how it looks.

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    Thanks BMW Roadster for the link.....
    Ooops .....maybe shouldnt habe cut the original cable...But in the end....its done now..

    @ Culager....Thanks...The paint is actually Spray Wrap painted over the original paint so can be peeled of at any time. I like it so much though Im thinking of getting all parts painted mat black..
    The spray wrap is a good solution and you can always remove it later. Just make sure you remove and clean all parts properly before painting them...

    Cheers...

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    Excellent design work and execution. Congratulations on the results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Runmyownlife View Post
    Excellent design work and execution. Congratulations on the results.
    Thanks Runmyownlife.....Im very pleased with the results..... I bought the F800R and thought it had some really good points that i liked but also some negative points like every bike has.
    So I slowly changed or improved the things I didnt like.

    First I had the Engine ECU remapped and added a new SC Project Carbon exhaust and K&N air filter.
    My bike had some annoying vibrations through the bars so replaced the bars with Rizoma alloy bars and added some extra heavy bar ends and some 20mm risers.
    The front headlight and blinkers had to go, so replaced the standard blinkers with LEDs and fitted this after market 7 inch halogen headlight...

    A lot of work and probably spent more than I should of but it always puts a smile on my my face.....it sounds and rides wonderful..

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    Couple of questions again if you don't mind...
    Where did you get heavy bar ends and what risers did you buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Culager View Post
    Couple of questions again if you don't mind...
    Where did you get heavy bar ends and what risers did you buy?
    Risers:
    https://www.wunderlich.de/shop/de/bm...30990-011.html

    Bar Ends:
    http://www.hvmp.com/BMW-F800R-Bar-En...0-bar-ends.htm

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    I like that headlight.And the fact that it's black to match is really good. Very nice.

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    Robbie maate that's amazing
    The amount of difference a headlight can make.
    Makes me want to change my 2015 F8R headlight that's already single unit to a round one too !
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    Quote Originally Posted by petespace1 View Post
    Robbie maate that's amazing [IMG class=inlineimg]https://f800riders.org/forum/images/smilies/icon_cool.gif[/IMG]
    The amount of difference a headlight can make.
    Makes me want to change my 2015 F8R headlight that's already single unit to a round one too !
    Thanks Pete
    I know you should never buy a bike that your not quite 100% happy with😝 but I thought I could grow into liking the original headlight, but I never could. Seemed to spoil the whole look of the bike.
    The BMW R Nine-T is a great example of a modern bike with a modern but retro headlight that works really well.
    Then I got a few ideas looking at Triumph Street triples at http://motodemic.com/
    But the cost of the LED headlights was simply too much.
    So I went for a standard H4 headlight in a Metal housing, which is German made and brilliant quality. For about 80 Euros complete a bargain.
    I had to shape the original windshield with the dremel but that only took an hour or so,
    The Wiring was also simple and I can always go back to the original headlight with plug and play wiring. But thats not going to happen 🙂
    For the headlight spacers I ordered two nylon spacers to the correct size online.
    So the whole thing cost me around 100 Euro to do...

    If you need any help or have some ideas, just let me know. Happy to help...

    Cheers
    Robbie

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    hoooo, love it! It give your bike a good old mean look, plus it's very clean, no weird wire or mounting plate, almost as if it was factory made

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