Harley Davidson Daymaker Installation Instructions: detailed step-by-step guide

Imagine the excitement of bringing home your brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. You took it for a test ride, familiarized yourself with its handling, and now, with the purchase official, you’re eager to hit the road again. As evening falls, you gear up and give your bike a final inspection, only to be disappointed by the lackluster illumination from the factory headlamp.

Let’s be honest, the factory headlamp on most motorcycles, including Harley-Davidson models, leaves room for improvement. It’s rare to find a new bike owner completely satisfied with their halogen headlamp. Fortunately, there are options to enhance your lighting setup. You can start with a cost-effective upgrade, such as switching to a brighter bulb, or you can make a substantial investment in LED technology.

Recognizing the growing impact of LED lights in the automotive and motorsport industries, Harley-Davidson introduced their own Daymaker LED headlamp as a factory replacement and upgrade for their motorcycles. Taking it a step further, the Daymaker Adaptive LED headlamp incorporates innovative technology that activates additional spotlights when you lean your motorcycle into a corner, ensuring optimal road illumination.

Apart from the adaptive feature, there are several reasons why Harley-Davidson owners opt to upgrade to LED headlamps. LED headlamps offer a significant increase in lumens compared to traditional halogen setups, providing enhanced visibility and safety, particularly during nighttime rides or for riders with compromised vision. Additionally, upgrading to a Daymaker headlamp may be a wise choice if you need to replace a damaged or defective housing. Even if your stock headlamp is in good condition, many Harley-Davidson enthusiasts prefer the sleek look of the Daymaker and choose to upgrade for aesthetic reasons.

By investing in LED headlamp technology, you can transform your riding experience, enjoying improved visibility, safety, and a modern aesthetic. Say goodbye to underwhelming factory lighting and embrace the brilliance of a Daymaker LED headlamp for your Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Discover the remarkable advantages of equipping your motorcycle with an LED headlamp. With the cutting-edge Daymaker Adaptive LEDs, you can enjoy superior illumination that outshines standard halogen setups in terms of brightness and efficiency. LED lights draw less power, reducing strain on your bike’s electrical system. Additionally, LED bulbs boast exceptional longevity compared to halogen counterparts, ensuring extended usage. Take advantage of the customizable options provided by Daymaker headlamps, available in 5″ or 7″ sizes to cater to your motorcycle’s specific requirements. Rest assured, these aftermarket upgrades are compliant with both DOT and ECE regulations, eliminating any concerns about legality.

Ready to embark on the task of replacing your Harley-Davidson’s headlight with a Daymaker option? Here’s a comprehensive overview and checklist of tools and items you’ll need to complete the process. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by how straightforward it is to replace the headlamp!

Please note that the installation steps outlined below are tailored for a 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special. If you own a different model or year, slight variations may apply to the instructions. Nevertheless, the following steps will provide a general framework for removing the factory headlamp and installing your new Daymaker headlamp.


List of required Parts

  • Daymaker LED headlight, new
  • The wiring harness used with halogen headlamps won’t have the right connectors for LED Mounting ring (if your new headlamp did not come with one), so you will need a new one from HD that is compatible with Daymaker/LED lights if your motorcycle did not come with LED lighting from the factory.

List of Tools Needed

  • Fuse pullers or needle-nose pliers
  • latex gloves
  • a Phillips-head screwdriver
  • a T25 Torx bit
  • eye protection is optional.

How to change the headlight on your Harley Davidson

Time needed: 30 minutes.

A thorough step-by-step manual

Step 1: Preparing, Park your bike and turn it off entirely.

Step 2: 

It’s not necessary, but it’s suggested, to remove the primary fuse. For further information on how to carry out this step, see the service handbook for your motorbike as the procedure to remove the main fuse will vary from one motorcycle to the next. Locate your main fuse box, then choose and remove the main fuse from there, is the general procedure.
Step 3: 

In case you drop something, protect the front fender by covering it. This is again another suggestion, however you could regret not following it if you drop a screw by mistake and it damages the front fender. Putting a clean, dry towel or microfiber covering over it

Step 4

Don your protective gear. Put on your latex gloves and safety eyewear in this situation.

Step 5

Dispense with the outside trim ring. To do this, unscrew the screw from the trim ring’s bottom, and then, with the screw gone, rotate the entire ring anticlockwise around the headlight. After approximately a quarter turn, it ought should click and release. Once the ring has been taken off, make sure to save the gasket and place the ring, gasket, and screw aside.

Step 6

By taking out the Phillips-head screws keeping the headlight retaining ring in place, the retaining ring may be removed. Be careful not to mix up these screws since they can be a different size than the one you removed to remove the outer trim ring. Once all the screws have been removed, store the holding ring and screws in a secure location and keep them apart from the outer trim ring.

Step 7

The light should be detachable at this stage. Pull the headlamp out gently along with the retention ring that is around the headlamp housing and that you just removed all of the screws from.

Step 8

Your motorcycle’s previous halogen wire harness has to be disconnected. By carefully untwisting and extracting the bulb from the headlamp housing, you can remove the halogen bulbs at this step if you intend to reuse them. Be careful not to touch the halogen lights in case you ever want to use them again.

Step 9

Plug the new LED-compatible wire harness into your motorcycle where you just unclipped the old one. For the following few stages, tuck the harness someplace out of the way.

Step 10

The existing mounting ring assembly must be removed. After removing all of the mounting screws around the mounting ring’s circumference with your T25 Torx bit, carefully remove the old ring. (Gentle reminder to not mix up the screws; fortunately, if you do, you can see that they are different from the Phillips-head screws.)

Step 11

Place the new mounting ring in place. You simply reverse the procedure from removing the previous one to do this. Use the Torx screws that you just removed to attach the new mounting ring after positioning the new one in the same location as the previous one.

Step 12

The wire harness should be inserted into the rear of your new headlamp. If you utilise an LED harness, there shouldn’t be any additional wiring required; it should be plug and play.

Step 13

Reposition the motorbike headlight such that it is notch-shaped. If the headlight is mounted on the mounting ring in any other manner than the correct method, you won’t be able to put everything back together later.

Step 14

Replace the headlamp’s retaining ring that you removed in Step 6 and fasten it back in place with the Phillips-head screws you previously unscrewed.

Step 15

Verify that the gasket is properly positioned on the trim ring by removing it. Before slowly rotating the headlamp clockwise until you hear it click, position the trim ring and gasket around the lamp. Double-check that the gasket is installed properly if you have to fidget with the ring to get it to fit around the headlight or if you spin it but don’t hear or feel a click.

Step 16

Using the Phillips-head screw you removed in Step 5, reinstall the trim ring.

Step 17

For this step, you must replace the primary fuse if you already removed it in Step 2. BIG REMINDER: WHEN YOU PUT THE FUSE BACK, YOUR BIKE SHOULD BE COMPLETELY OFF. Make sure your motorcycle’s key is in the “Off” position unless you don’t mind your neighbours seeing you sob in public in your driveway when you realise your electrical system is fried. Replace the fuse in the fuse box once you’ve made sure the bike is totally turned off.

Step 18

It’s time to examine the headlamp right now! Check that the high and low lights are operating by turning the ignition to the “On” position.

Step 19

Enjoy your new Daymaker while you bike! You are amazing:

The majority of motorcycle owners who switch from halogen to LED headlights are pleased with the improvement. The additional light is always beneficial while riding at night, and the stronger lighting makes it easier to be noticed in traffic both during the day and at night. The upgrading to a Daymaker headlamp will be most enjoyed by those who live for the nighttime rides on nice summer nights, since warmer weather is set to arrive for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Changing to a Daymaker LED is a worthwhile improvement and shrewd investment for you and your motorbike, regardless of the weather or the time of year.

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