Headlight Lens Replacement (Life Hack)

By Ken Charleton

I needed a glass headlight lens for a 1974 RD 350 Yamaha.  Kim Houde gave me an old 5 3/4-inch seal beam that was burnt out.  I just needed the lens but didn’t know how to cut the seal-beam.   I ended up using a tile cutter (with water) just holding it freehand over the smooth diamond blade.  Two minutes and the job was done.

This wasn’t a glass lens glued to a plastic shell, it was your typical automotive round seal beam.  One of those jobs that I kept putting off because I was pretty sure it would end badly.  I was more surprised that the seal-beam didn’t shatter in my hands than how easy the job was.



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