How to Install LED Lights on a Harley Sportster 1200 Custom

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How to Install LED Lights on a Harley Sportster 1200 Custom
The Harley-Davidson Sportster can be customised any way you like. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Adding LED lights to your Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 is one of the easiest and most functional modifications you can make on your motorcycle. Not only do LED lights look fresh and up-to-date on your bike, but they also significantly improve your night and day visibility to other drivers. Add to that the fact that LED light bulbs last as much as 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs while using just 10 per cent of an ordinary light bulb's power, and you've really got no reason not to make the switch.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Slotted screwdriver
  • Dielectric grease

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the turn signal lenses from the stock turn signal housings of the Harley-Davidson Sportster as well as the tail light lens by unscrewing the fittings that attach the lenses to their light housings. The lenses have a rubber O-ring that seals against the light housing, so they won't just fall away. With the screws removed from the lens, use your fingers to pull the lens away from the housing.

  2. 2

    Twist the light bulb located within the Harley-Davidson light housing in a counterclockwise direction to free it from the socket, then pull it straight out. The replacement LED light bulb installs into this socket. Smear a small amount of dielectric grease onto the LED light bulb's electrical plug, then push the LED bulb into the socket and turn it in a clockwise direction to fasten it in place. Do this to all four indicators as well as the brake light on the motorcycle.

  3. 3

    Push the Sportster's turn signal lenses back into place and then run the screws into the mounting holes in the lens, tightening them down with the screwdriver until the lens is snug against the light housing. Do the same with the brake light lens to finish the installation.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the brake light lens along with the turn signal lenses to retain a continuous theme in the Sportster's lighting.

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