Changing Headlight Bucket And Other Parts On The Front End

Discussion in 'Technical Help' started by Peter Zerphy, May 31, 2020.

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  1. Peter Zerphy

    Peter Zerphy New Member

    May 2, 2020
    Greenwood, DE
    I recently bought a 2013 Bonneville SE for my wife. It was dropped on both sides by the previous owner and I need to replace a few front end parts including: handle bars, both levers, front break reservoir, headlight bucket and turn signal. I have a few questions.

    Front brake reservoir- I saw some cheap front break lever/master cylinder/reservoir assemblies on Ebay. Are they OK to use as replacements? They will take care of the lever and reservoir problems and streamline the look on the bars. (I hate those white plastic reservoir)

    Headlight bucket- if I drop from a 7" to a 5 3/4" head light assembly will I need to change the headlight bracket?

    In full disclosure I'm secretly building my wife's bike into a retro street tracker ;)
  2. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Only dead fish go with the flow

    Oct 3, 2018
    Three Counties
    Howdy Peter, and welcome in :cool::cool:
    My only observation is that these are chinese knockoffs and the quality may not be all that, personally I would avoid but it is that, a personal preference ;);)
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  3. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

    Apr 27, 2016
    North West England
    Ditto that.....
  4. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else

    May 12, 2014
    North Yorkshire
    I would also agree. You can risk cheap Chinese levers, (I have with no problem on the Bonneville and Tiger) but with something like brakes, no way.
    I replaced my white plastic sample cup with a Triumph CNC machined one. World of Triumph had a sale on and I think it was actually one from the Daytona.
    Had to fabricate a bracket but it's a big improvement.
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  5. Tricky-Dicky

    Tricky-Dicky Crème de la Crème

    Dec 12, 2016
    Norfolk UK
    You will need to make sure that the master cylinder to brake caliper ratio is correct IE the size of the piston in the master cylinder in the case of the ebay ones its says 14mm and dia and number of pistons in the std calipers or you could end up with either too vicious or bad/wooden feeling brakes.

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