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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-11-2010, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Talk to Me About Head Lamp Bezels...

I had my outer fairing off of my 2009 today to wire up rear speakers, (the interconnect harness, 70169-06, is NOT required if you are not using HD speakers, and dont have the rear controls, btw...) and I got to thinking I might as well upgrade to the 2010 style headlamp bezel and lose the "bubble"...

I called the dealer, and parts guy says I have to replace everything! Bulbs, both headlamps, new bezel and some hardware to the tune of $200+

Really? Or can I use my existing headlamps with the newer bezel?

Also, is there a difference in the 2009 Screamin' Eagle bezel vs, the 2010 bezel?

I would love to hear from someone who has done the conversion, any pitfalls to watch out for and part numbers, if ya got em...

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I had my outer fairing off of my 2009 today to wire up rear speakers, (the interconnect harness, 70169-06, is NOT required if you are not using HD speakers, and dont have the rear controls, btw...) and I got to thinking I might as well upgrade to the 2010 style headlamp bezel and lose the "bubble"...

I called the dealer, and parts guy says I have to replace everything! Bulbs, both headlamps, new bezel and some hardware to the tune of $200+

Really? Or can I use my existing headlamps with the newer bezel?

Also, is there a difference in the 2009 Screamin' Eagle bezel vs, the 2010 bezel?

I would love to hear from someone who has done the conversion, any pitfalls to watch out for and part numbers, if ya got em...

TIA
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Dan the dealer is blowing smoke up your proverbial ass. Tons of RG owners, myself included, have changed to the bezel. Nothing else is needed. Pop the bubble off and snap the bezel in. Easy as that. The only thing you may need to do is adjust your headlights. I had mine adjusted at the dealer before I installed the bezel and it would not snap in because the bezel hit the headlight plate. Backed the screws out a few turns and all was good.

I will add this though. Install at your own risk and don't say you haven't been warned. The 09SERG and 2010 RG have hardened headlights lenses due to the fact that they are exposed. The stock 09 and earlier headlights are not meant to be exposed to the elements. But I have yet to hear of anyone having an issue with a cracked lens. If this truly worries you, you could...

A. Go ahead and buy the headlights with the hardened lenses.
B. Buy some 3M protective film to put over the lenses.

or you could do what most of us are doing and wait for the day that (may never come) we may get a crack or chip and buy the hardened lenses then.

Oh and the difference between the bezels is the 09 SERG bezel is glossy black and the 2010 FLTRX is matte black. The flat black is substantially cheaper but the glossy black look so much better.


2009 SERG bezel gloss black 69987-09
2010 FLTRX bezel matte black 73250-10
Hardened bulb assembly 73242-09

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Garemlin is right on the money save some money and do it like everyone else I have a bunch of miles and had ZERO issues
The 3M film is a good idea Thanks

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Thanks Guys, I suspected this was probably the case, but wasn't sure if perhaps the headlamp size, shape or something had changed slightly with the new bezel...

However, this is the same parts guy that told me it was physically impossible to install a Street Glide/FLTRX rear tri-bar fascia on my bike too. I had it installed in under two hours, including the stud plates and wiring...

I checked the bezel price at Chicago H.D. Gloss $35.16, Matte $6.60...

Hellava difference from $200+

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Pop the bubble off and the new bezel on. Quickest mod you'll do on your RG.

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I also have a 09 FLTR, I ordered the Screaming Eagle insert from Chicago H-D and got a 20% discount, popped the bubble off and installed the insert. Looks way better and the only thing I had to do was adjust the headlamps a little, just make sure it snaps into place really good and the socket to adjust the lamps is a 5.5 metric just as a FYI. Go 4 it!!!!!
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I'm thinking I may get the matte black bezel and have it painted to match, black pearl. I have the lowers off of my 03 on it now, and they are going to the painter shortly anyway...

Might look kinda cool color matched...

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FLTR i had mine painted black pearl as well. it looks great! Also had the inside of the lowers done to match as well as the tank dash and fuel door. problem is it was WAY too easy to just keep putting things in the 'paint' pile and now its time to pay the painter

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Ya know, I would have thought that would look a little over the top, but it doesn't. Kinda reminds me of the 50's-60's era cars, a lot of them had chrome headlight surrounds.

Very nice...

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