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Some more XE wrenching today.

I've had a windshield (Triumph call it a flyscreen) and the mounting brackets sat in a box all winter along with a 12v accessory outlet. Both need the removal of the headlight assembly, so they've been on the back-burner until today.

Triumph provide fitting instructions on line that are quite good except they often refer back to the maintenance manual for some procedures, like removing the headlight - but I don't have the maintenance manual as yet.

Fortunately the internet is a good resource and that was a good starting point - plus I then knew people had experienced issues with attaching the windshield brackets (except for folk with very small hands / fingers - i.e. not me).

Everything is actually pretty straightforward except for two things. The rear screw on the r/h (l/h if you look at the bike from the front) bracket is almost impossible to reach in order to start the threads. It has an Allen head, so I was able to reach it with an Allen head driver and a long extension on a ratchet. Perfect solution except for the second thing.

These Allen head bolts must be made of the worst chinesium / muckite available. As soon as the bolt was 1/3 to 1/2 way in and met some resistance the driver stripped the head. It's ridiculous.

If they supplied a standard hex head bolt it would actually be quite easy to get at with a ratchet and a regular socket or wrench. I was able to replace the bolt so I solved the issue that way but if anyone asked me about this mod I'd tell them to throw the supplied bolts away and use regular bolts. Rant over.

After lunch all I had to do was fit the actual windshield, re-align the headlight, re-connect the battery and refit the seat. Then ride.

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Some more XE wrenching today.

I've had a windshield (Triumph call it a flyscreen) and the mounting brackets sat in a box all winter along with a 12v accessory outlet. Both need the removal of the headlight assembly, so they've been on the back-burner until today.

Triumph provide fitting instructions on line that are quite good except they often refer back to the maintenance manual for some procedures, like removing the headlight - but I don't have the maintenance manual as yet.

Fortunately the internet is a good resource and that was a good starting point - plus I then knew people had experienced issues with attaching the windshield brackets (except for folk with very small hands / fingers - i.e. not me).

Everything is actually pretty straightforward except for two things. The rear screw on the r/h (l/h if you look at the bike from the front) bracket is almost impossible to reach in order to start the threads. It has an Allen head, so I was able to reach it with an Allen head driver and a long extension on a ratchet. Perfect solution except for the second thing.

These Allen head bolts must be made of the worst chinesium / muckite available. As soon as the bolt was 1/3 to 1/2 way in and met some resistance the driver stripped the head. It's ridiculous.

If they supplied a standard hex head bolt it would actually be quite easy to get at with a ratchet and a regular socket or wrench. I was able to replace the bolt so I solved the issue that way but if anyone asked me about this mod I'd tell them to throw the supplied bolts away and use regular bolts. Rant over.

After lunch all I had to do was fit the actual windshield, re-align the headlight, re-connect the battery and refit the seat. Then ride.

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Rocky, nice write up, I’ve just ordered the auxiliary power socket for my XE , could you tell me how to identify we’re it plugs into the head light unit and what needs to come off to do the job? Cheers Shaun.
 

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Rocky, nice write up, I’ve just ordered the auxiliary power socket for my XE , could you tell me how to identify we’re it plugs into the head light unit and what needs to come off to do the job? Cheers Shaun.
Sure thing.

Removing the headlight means you'll have to realign it. I moved my bike up against the inside of my garage door and with the headlight on, marked the beam pattern on the door, so I'd be able to put it back afterwards.

Remove the seat and disconnect the battery.

There's two screws at the bottom of the headlight unit. Remove the larger one which holds the headlight in its bowl. You can then rotate the headlamp anti-clockwise by holding the bezel and the entire lamp will come away from the bowl.

There's a bundle of wires but only two need to be disconnected - the power to the lamp (large black) and one other smaller connector (white). I marked this one so I'd know where it goes as there are other similar connectors in the bundle that are not used - I guess they're for aux lights.

Make a note (photo?) of where the wire bundle sits so it goes back in the same place, otherwise it might be fiddly getting the lamp back in later.

Next remove the two bolts either side of the headlight bowl and remove the bowl. You have to fiddle all the wires out of the hole at the back of the bowl.

Triumph call the panel where the aux power socket fits an instrument panel - even though it has no instruments. Anyway, now you can remover the three screws that hold this panel in place. Two to the left as you look up under the cluster and one to the right. They're a tad difficult to reach - I used a long extension with an Allen head adapter.

You can now lift up and remove the panel. Remove the blank and fit the power socket to the panel. You'll see the power cable among the bundle of wires. Mine was covered in a plastic seal. There's only one with a double connector that fits the power socket, so you can't get it wrong. Remove the cover. The connector was covered in grease - dielectric I assume - I cleaned off the excess. Be mindful of the routing of the cable to best connect it neatly to the base of the power socket. I fed mine behind some of the other cables that hang down from the main console. There's a rubber boot to fit over the connector before plugging it in to the socket. Once you've got it all together, replace the panel and fit the three new screws that come with the kit.

Replace the headlight bowl but don't fully tighten the two bolts - remember you'll have to realign the headlight. As you put the bowl in place push all the wires back in the hole at the back. Connect the headlamp power and the other connector I mentioned. Bundle the wires back where they were before - there's a flexible wire retainer to hold them in place. Replace the headlight, rotate to lock it in place then replace the bolt at the bottom.

Connect the battery, replace the seat. Re-align the headlight beam and tighten the two bolts.

I think I've covered everything!

Triumph fitting instructions attached.
 

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Thank you very much Rocky that was very nice of you to go into so much detail thank you, I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
 

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I no longer have the patience or ability to do much of that stuff any more . Can’t see , no room , mess of tools , but got that head lite apart when I installed the ABM bars on the Thruxton R last year . When I got all the parts with the German instructions I didn’t dare take it to my go to mechanic fearing he might disown me ,so tackled it myself . I could write a book on it but in the end it was together and it’s a good thing I did it myself . So I know what you are talking about and congrats on your stick to itness .

When I finally got around to the bar end mirror install couldn’t find the correct size Allen key . Think it turned out to be a 4.2 instead of a #4 ?? Mentioned it to my mechanic, he’d been there before too . These things are for young people .
 

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I’ve fitted my auxiliary power socket today,thanks for advice rockyDS , first problem was the screws that hold the high mudguard on one was solid too much thread lock I think, I managed to chisel it off and I replaced the shitty Allan screws with the 3 torx screws that are left over from the clock mounting,it’s not a bad job to do it’s just a bit of a fiddle, rocky what plug do you use to fit into the auxiliary socket? Cheers.
 

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I’ve fitted my auxiliary power socket today,thanks for advice rockyDS , first problem was the screws that hold the high mudguard on one was solid too much thread lock I think, I managed to chisel it off and I replaced the shitty Allan screws with the 3 torx screws that are left over from the clock mounting,it’s not a bad job to do it’s just a bit of a fiddle, rocky what plug do you use to fit into the auxiliary socket? Cheers.
I don't have the high mudguard, so that didn't feature in my install.

The new Triumphs use Powerlet outlets - the same as BMW, Victory and Ducati. I have an adapter/y-splitter on order as I only have sae and auto style stuff at the moment. But I'm sure anything advertised for BMW will fit.

 

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I’ve fitted my auxiliary power socket today,thanks for advice rockyDS , first problem was the screws that hold the high mudguard on one was solid too much thread lock I think, I managed to chisel it off and I replaced the shitty Allan screws with the 3 torx screws that are left over from the clock mounting,it’s not a bad job to do it’s just a bit of a fiddle, rocky what plug do you use to fit into the auxiliary socket? Cheers.
Nice work. Thanks for reporting back. I have found that Triumph uses crappy fasteners.
 

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Not sure if soft bags count as a farkle but I added these Rigg Adventure bags that I've had for a couple of years.

I bought them for my Honda CRF 250 Rally but with the Zard low exhaust they work perfectly on my Scrambler. Plus I like the photo!

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And it was a nice warm sunny day to indulge in some anti-social distancing now most of the snow is gone.

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With the low exhaust, those bags fit in like they were made for it.
 

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Looks well rocky
 

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Nice combo , you need a place for your water bottle and some relief from the stock pipes on a warm day . Sometimes we have to be more practical than the designers of the bike .
 

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RockyDS, did the fly screen help divert any air from your chest or is it really just to keep the bugs off the back of the speedo assembly?

Some more XE wrenching today.

I've had a windshield (Triumph call it a flyscreen) and the mounting brackets sat in a box all winter along with a 12v accessory outlet. Both need the removal of the headlight assembly, so they've been on the back-burner until today.
 

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I sold the large top box I had on my previous bike and bought a smaller tail bag.

After much soul searching I opted for the small SW-MOTECH ION Tail Bag 7-15L. I have to say this tail bag may as well have been made to measure for the oem rack on my Scrambler 1200.

It attaches easily as there's a pocket that slips over the rear of the rack and two velcro straps to hold it in place. Although it comes with extra tie down straps I don't think I'll need them. It expands from 7 to 15 litres, has a waterproof mini dry bag inside and a storage bag for when it's off the bike.

An all round a good product - especially as Twisted Throttle had it on sale.

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Does suit the bike quite nicely.
Good find, indeed.
Hi,

I think you ask about my coast - to - coast blog? Anyway, the first draft is up with the usual spelling and grammar errors and I'm in the process of adding photo's but it's probably 'readable' if you're interested.

 
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