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Anybody break a headlight from a rock?

I had a rock crack the original headlight on my 2000 K1200LT which cost me $300 and 5 hours of my own labor to replace.

After I replaced it I bought one of those plastic headlight covers that attached with velcro. Worked well for a few years, then even managed to crack it.

When I bought my 2006 LT, it didn't even leave the showroom until I put one of those adhesive plastic headlight protectors on. Unfortunately, the curves in the headlight cause the protector to collect water in the bends and looks terrible.

I was wondering if the new headlights are strong enough to resist breaking from thrown rocks? Has anyone busted one on a 2005 or 2006? If the new headlights are more rock resistant, I might just leave off the protector.
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post #2 of 12 Old Sep 30th, 2006, 10:21 am
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Cool Xpel

I have 2002 and put on X-Pel by 3M - outstanding results for 24,000 miles unit only cost $12.

Looking at new protection for 2005 - 2006 look like prices went up . . . $70

http://www.xpel.com/products/configu...e=89&model=723

Look you also get a limited warranty . . .

http://www.xpel.com/support/warranty.asp

Is this the brand you used that is peeling - mine has shown no signs of letting loose!! Does not fade, used with an HID, is virtually invisible and shows no signs of peeling . . .

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Dan ...where can I get larger images of your sig ?

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I was wondering if the new headlights are strong enough to resist breaking from thrown rocks? Has anyone busted one on a 2005 or 2006? If the new headlights are more rock resistant, I might just leave off the protector.
The '05 and new are plastic not glass. So they should stand up better.

I took a hit right in the corner of the lens from a grape sized rock going about 70mph and all it did was leave a scuff mark. I swear that rock would have put a nice hole in the tupperware.

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I took a rock/bolt/something to the headlight of my '02 a few months ago. The $300 seemed a little expensive, so I pinged Beamerboneyard & got one for $150. Still expensive, but considering it's the *only* headlight I've broken in over 40 years on bikes I don't feel too bad about it. I've seen several of the "protectors" that have become opaque with time. Seems like an expensive prevention for a minor problem to me.

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A few weeks ago I put my Cee Bailey headlight protector things on my high and low beams (they are separate assemblies in '05 and forward). I, too, noticed that they don't fit especially well, but they are staying on nicely. I've taken them off a couple of times to clean behind them.

My question is related to yours: Do we actually need something like this over the newer headlights? It looks like the outer plastic layer that a rock will hit is not part of the headlight, but I'm not sure -- i.e., the headlight sits behind an outer plastic "shell". Anyone know for sure?

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Peter,

Just go to Google - type in k1200LT and look under images - thats where I found all the images and more. I copied them and used Photoshop to resize to make a single pict . . . good luck!!

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I don't light the reduction in light that the headlight covers produce.
However, if the replacement is $300, thats almost half way to the best HID lights made.
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has save my headlight TWICE at least.
Haven't notice light reduction or hazing at all.

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My headlight got a small hole in it some 30,000 miles ago, and still works fine. Jon
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Cheap insurance in my book, but as with all insurance, extended warranties, etc. depends on how risk averse you are. I've had enough chipped windshields to see this as pretty likely and expensive.

I put a Cee Bailey's on before my trip to Alaska in 2004. Don't know if its ever saved my headlight, but it sure has made a nice *bonk* a couple of times. I don't see any hazing or scratches even after sliding down the road in June after serving as a very ineffective deer deflector.

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If it breaks I guess it won't be that much more to upgrade to one of those Ducati Design headlight assemblies.

http://www.ducatidesigns.com/inc/sdetail/881

And then we'd have lights that actually worked.

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