Wow - what a bummer. I read your first post last night and was trying to figure out just what you were getting into. I've changed bulbs two or three times on my old LT but I couldn't remember dealing with a spring - just the clip that secures the bulb into the socket. I still haven't figured out where the spring comes into play but the idea of taking off the front fairing for what should have been a pretty simple job is not my idea of a good time.
I hope you converted it to HID if it's not already HID since you had to dig in that far. I took all that off as well when I did my HID (low beam) conversion - was just too finicky trying to do it without taking it all off.
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