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Hey all,
I'm in the process of getting ready to take the Vetter Vindicator fairing off of my 1980 CX500D, but am looking to obviously install a new headlight/bucket/brackets. Are there any recommendations out there for a replacement, and, are there any issues that I should be aware of when doing this?
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you can search for a headlight bucket, the ears, and turn signals in the for sale section or ebay. just post what you are after and someone may have all of it. just check your fairing wiring where it plugs into the main bike harness. sometimes they botch it up when installing a fairing.
 

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Or, if you want to spruce it up some, just go to the site of a forum sponsor' "Speedmoto" and buy what you need.
 

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you can search for a headlight bucket, the ears, and turn signals in the for sale section or ebay. just post what you are after and someone may have all of it. just check your fairing wiring where it plugs into the main bike harness. sometimes they botch it up when installing a fairing.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'm a bit timid about the electrical, because of all of the fog surrounding bike electrics. I've given it a look and just hoping for something that is an altogether package instead of the piecemeal I see on there.


Or, if you want to spruce it up some, just go to the site of a forum sponsor' "Speedmoto" and buy what you need.
Saw a lot of great options on there. Thinking of going LED now because of the brighter light...
 

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"Thanks for the recommendation. I'm a bit timid about the electrical, because of all of the fog surrounding bike electrics. I've given it a look and just hoping for something that is an altogether package instead of the piecemeal I see on there."



My apologizes. I meant finding factory parts to replace the fairing. One bike I parted out had a fairing on it and mice would have done the harness better than whoever installed the fairing.
 

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I'm a bit timid about the electrical, because of all of the fog surrounding bike electrics.
Fog? I've seen/heard of smoke occasionally but never fog


Seriously, the electric systems of Japanese made bikes are generally pretty easy to work on. If you have the original parts everything plugs together with the matching colour, which means you almost have to be trying in order to make a mistake. The problem comes when you use parts from different manufacturers who use different wire colours that don't match what your bike has but even then if you know what you have and you know what the part came from you can usually look up the schematic on the internet and figure it out pretty easily. The trick is to not become overwhelmed when looking at the schematics and follow them one circuit at a time.

IF your fairing was installed the way Vetter intended you should find that its wiring plugged in without any modifications to the bike's original wiring so to change it back all you need to do is unplug the fairing's sub harness from the bike's main harness and plug in the parts you want to use. Most bikes (these included) use the headlight housing as a junction box for all of the stuff that plugs into the main harness at the front (handlebar switches. instrument panel &c). Instead of providing somewhere else for the wiring (like the wiring boxes that faired Hondas have) Vetter provided a plastic cover that snapped onto the original headlight shell (behind the fairing) and some of their models even used the bike's original headlight ring and headlight so you might not need to replace the headlight at all but just remove it from the fairing and re-install it into the original shell. The Vindicator even used the bike's original turn signals, relocated to brackets that hung below the fairing.

Here are the original mounting instructions for the Vindicator from Craig Vetter's website
http://www.craigvetter.com/images/Vetter Fairings/Windjammer-instructions-images/Windjammer_instructions/1979-WindJammerVindIIGenMount Instructions.pdf
 

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I have Vindicator mounted on my '79 Deluxe. All the "extra wiring" is stuffed in a leather (or leather-like) pouch that is located between the fairing and where the headlight would be if it was a "naked" bike.
I think I'd rather have the box - seems like it would be better/easier to deal with the wires than the pouch.
 
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