Loose Headlamp Cowling

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Camay
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Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Camay » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:17 pm

Hi,
The headlamp cowling is coming loose offfside only.
Ive had a quick look but struggling to find how to secure it back in place!

Any help would be appreciated, cheers
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MTBrown
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by MTBrown » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:37 pm

You didn't say which MT but both have 4 screws holding the cowling in place. The MT500 has 2 screws either side into the internal brackets that fix around the top of the forks and the MT350 has 2 screws either side at the back into the equivalent brackets.
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Camay
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Camay » Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:56 pm

Thanks MTBrown
Its the 350
Cheers
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Minter » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:53 pm

Brass captive nuts have probably rounded off..

New mounts needed or big zip ties!
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Vtrsp1da » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:49 pm

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Camay
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Camay » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:56 pm

Image

This is with the 4 screws nice and tight
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Wirralman » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:08 pm


This is with the 4 screws nice and tight
I'm unsure what you mean?
Is your problem now solved or
It looks like this and still feels loose ?
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Camay
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Camay » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:12 pm

It’s not loose it’s that the gap is bigger one side than the other. It doesn’t fit snug and water can easily get to the electrics for the lights.
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by Wirralman » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:42 pm

Camay wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:17 pm
Hi,
The headlamp cowling is coming loose offfside only.
Ive had a quick look but struggling to find how to secure it back in place!

Any help would be appreciated, cheers
Camay wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:12 pm
It’s not loose it’s that the gap is bigger one side than the other. It doesn’t fit snug and water can easily get to the electrics for the lights.
First you say it's loose, then you say it isn't which confused me but now I see what you're getting at

I suspect that you're applying civilian norms to a military bike, a trap that others have fallen into.

I suggest that you have a look at other owners' MTs and compare. Is your cable routing the same for example. It might be cable mis-routing/excessive bundling that is leading to uneven gaps left-right

MTs are not , in military terms, 'tropicalised' but will cope with water, I think the fording depth is 15inches in the manual. When fording, water gets everywhere so it's important that it can drain easily, gaps help in that. Functionality is more important than form
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Re: Loose Headlamp Cowling

Post by MTBrown » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:32 am

Camay wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:12 pm
It’s not loose it’s that the gap is bigger one side than the other. It doesn’t fit snug and water can easily get to the electrics for the lights.
The MT's use rubber or plastic covers for the connectors under the headlight cowl which helps to keep the water out. To be honest, the only effect of water on the connectors is likely to be corrosion rather than causing a short or other electrical problem. This is a military motorcycle and so they're not likely to be affected by a good soaking!
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