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Discussion in 'R1200RS Appearance Mods' started by duccrazydave, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. duccrazydave

    duccrazydave Member

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    Not sure if this has been covered before, but I'm a new RS owner. Found a '16 with low miles in great shape and installed Xpel headlight film to protect from the inevitable chips, fading, etc. The film is thick and practically invisible. I highly recommend it to someone who wants to protect their headlights. I picked up the Ultimate film for painted surfaces but have yet to install it
     
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    Lee Well-Known Member

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    Do you have a link?
    Is the film precut ?
     
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    Phinj Active Member

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    http://www.xpel.com/
    Very good product. I have done a couple of cars.
    Appears they only have GS pre cuts. It is easy to work with.
     
  4. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    Thanks
    I installed a very thick film on the headlight of our K1200RS bikes and cut it myself, but that headlight shape was easy to match.
     
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    Graham Lewis Active Member Contributor

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    70tno New Member

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    I fitted the slipscreens from the bike being new and they fit well, wouldn't be without some sort of protection since a stone smashed the headlight on my last bike.
    Does anyone know if the RS headlights are glass or plastic?
     
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  7. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    They work good but I don't like the looks of the velcro when installed.
    After riding in the rain you have 3 surfaces to clean. The headlight lens and both sides of the plastic protector.
     
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    darrell Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I had the Xpel film applied to my headlights when the bike was new. I also did several other areas on the bike. Stop by a place that applies bras to the front of cars or wraps cars for businesses advertising and have them apply the two pieces for your headlight. They'll have scrap pieces left over from cars that they do not have a computerized precut pattern for. I did my headlights, top of gas tank area where my tank bag sits, side of tank where my knees touch and the top, front and sides upper 1/2 of my panniers. With many miles of use now I've not had one piece discolor or come loose. Most these places have both a clear and mat finish product. If you can't find someone ask your local car dealer who they use for new cars.
     
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  9. duccrazydave

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    Hey Lee, sorry for the delay. Much thanks to all who chimed in on this. It was easy enough to make a template for the headlights out of paper. I taped it to the headlight and measured around to make sure as much area as possible was covered. Once satisfied I used the template to trace onto the film. The lenses are symmetrical, so one template, when flipped over, takes care of both sides. And since your buying 2 pieces of headlight film, it comes as a kit with a squeegee included. Here's a couple of pics. Excuse the reflections
     

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    Yeh, they are plastic.
     
  11. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that's how I did it on the K1200RS.
    The material I used was sold by Aerostich and had a rubber feel to it.
    I actually used it first on Debbie's RS to cover and seal a BB size hole in the glass lens on her bike.
     
  12. Graham Lewis

    Graham Lewis Active Member Contributor

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    whats that you have to wash a bike when it has been raining? i thought taking the bike out in the rain does that job for you, otherwise why go out in the rain (Joke just in case)
     
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    I got some offcuts of clear 3M film from a local body shop very cheap and did the sides of the tank and where I kick the panniers getting on and off. Quite easy to do. I haven't tried the headlights though.
     
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    Lee Well-Known Member

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    This is possibly a dumb question but why bother with headlight protection..insurance will cover it..oops I've just answered part of the question..insurance is fine providing you have no co-payment/ excess.
     
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    Hey Phillo. It's about the cumulative sand blasting from highway travel as well.
     
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    This, and being plastic, you get an additional UV protection as well. I am sure the hard ones do (not 100% sure), the film definitely does, that will prevent the yellowing if the bike faces the sun a lot.
     
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    Yep you got me..never thought about the sand blasting effect..:)
     
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    Lee Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday I ordered 2 sets of pre cut film for our bikes from this company.
    http://www.lamin-x.com/BMW-R1200RS-16-Clear-Headlight-Covers-p/bm038cl.htm

    20% off today and tomorrow. When I opened the link today there was a pop up showing 30% off. I didn't catch the code for the 30%.
    Yesterday I saw on the MOA forum where a member got 30% off by signing up for email notifications. That may be the deal in the pop up for 30%
     

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