XL883L, XL1200T and Models with Standard Style Tail Lamp
1. See Figure 1. Remove two screws and lens from base.
Remove the 4-pin connector to ease bulb removal.
2. Pull bulb assembly from lens. Remove bulb.
3. Coat base of new bulb with ELECTRICAL CONTACT GREASE. Install new bulb.
4. Install (push) bulb assembly to lens.
5. If removed, connect connector to circuit board.
6. Install lens to base with two screws. Tighten to 2.3–2.7 N·m (20–24 in-lbs).
Be sure that all lights and switches operate properly before operating motorcycle. Low visibility of rider can result in death or serious injury. (00316a)
7. Turn ignition on. Check operation of all lamps.
3Tail lamp connector
4Bulb socket
Figure 1. Tail Lamp Assembly
XL1200C, XL1200CB
Although similar in appearance to the standard style tail lamp, the tail lamp on XL1200C, XL1200CB, models is an LED assembly. See a dealer or service manual for replacement.
XL883N, XL1200X
The tail and stop lamps are dual filament turn bulbs in the rear turn signal bullet housings with red lenses. To replace a tail or stop lamp, replace the turn signal bulbs. See Maintenance and Lubrication → Turn Signal Bulb Replacement: Bullet Style.
XL883N, XL1200CX, XL1200X Models with LED Turn Signal Tail and Stop Lamps
On International and Japan XL883N, XL1200CX, and XL1200X models, the rear turn signal/tail lamps is an LED assembly. On XL1200CX models for certain markets, the center stop lamp is an LED assembly. There are no replacement bulbs for this style lamp. See a dealer or service manual for replacement.