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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-06-2015, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Can't figure out what's on my headlight

It's top center of the housing, about the size of a pencil eraser, and has a clear piece of glass in the center. HD buddy wild-guessed it was some sort of sensor, but wasn't too sure.
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is it a stock or aftermarket headlight,, on what bike?


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Not sure. My garage photo shows the bike pretty clearly. It's a 2004 Shadow Spirit. I'm guessing it's a stock headlamp w/ an aftermarket visor ...and PO drilled a hole for that whatever it is on top... just guessing tho'

btw, Sorry for the crappy headlamp photo, and any lack of info @ my disposal. I bought the bike about 30 days ago and know very little about Hondas in general...except that they're awsome!

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sensor for a headlight modulator?

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sensor for a headlight modulator?
Looks just like the modulator sensor I installed on the top of my headlight bucket. Put you bike into a place where daylight hits the sensor and with the key turned on or the bike running, turn on your bright headlight and see if it modulates. Will not modulate in a low light condition.
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My guess: Photo sensor for daylight, activates daylight headlight modulator, kills it at night/dark.
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Yep, most likely what they said. Sensor. Assuming it's working look at light when engine running in daylight, should flash some. If not, it's a screwed up headlight housing:/

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Thanks for the info. I'll check out the high beam on the way to work today.
Reminds me though, a few days ago I guess I accidentally hit the high beams on the way to work because I noticed the indicator was on. It wasn't on solid, it was flashing. Never saw one that flashed before...

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When using a modulator, the headlight indicator flashes in time with the headlight so it's very likely you have a modulator. Set the bike to high beam when the bike is in the sun and place your finger over the sensor. The light should stop flashing.

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What you have there is your basic gov't surveillance device. A satellite can track your every trip. Yep.....that'll be required on all bikes soon. Or maybe just a modulator sensor.

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