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H2O in Brake assembly

Discussion in 'BNS12 Chat & Tech' started by 2Laner, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. 2Laner

    2Laner Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I notice moisture in my brake light assembly after cleaning. I'm not using any high pressure stuff, just a garden hose. Can't be good for LED longevity. Anybody attempt fix or thoughts on what it would take to seal up unit? Oh yeah, this is a 08 1200 Sport.
     
  2. scottmastrocinque

    scottmastrocinque High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Well, the 2008 Breva 1200 Sport I bought had the moisture in the taillight issue.

    Given that this part is NLA, and if you can find a used one, they are $$$, I decided that a reseal was in order.

    Utilizing some dental picks (just like the dentists used on your teeth to scrape Tatar and scale) from Harbor Freight, I slowly and carefully removed the existing silicon sealant from between the outer red lens and the main housing.

    Of course I had removed the whole light assembly from the bike first!

    I then drilled two minuscule holes at the bottom of the red lens so I could use my air nozzle gun on my compressor to gently pressurize the brake light assembly. Almost instantly, a gentle pop! The lens separated from the remaining silicon seal and I was able to gently remove all the remaining sealant from around the housing and lens, completely remove the lens and clean the parts for rejoining.

    I used clear pure silicon sealant from Lowes and filled the channel on the light housing completely with a nice smooth bead.

    I gently rejoined the lens to the housing and then used the tip of my finger to smooth out the excess into a smooth sealed bead. I filled the two minuscule holes I drilled with a dab of silicon, and let the whole unit dry overnight.

    After drying, I reinstalled it back into the bike and it’s perfect!

    Just take your time, be gentle, and use the dental tool to gently scrape away the sealant before trying to separate the lens from the base unit.
     
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