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R1 taillight install on 89-00 gs500
R1 taillight install on 89-00 gs500
Clear Taillight Lens for 01-03 Models
My Local Canyons
What's it worth?
Progressive fork spring install-the lazy way
Rear shock swap information
More rear shock info-SV650 install
Suspension tuning 101
Installing Suburban-Machinery SV650 handlebars
Install an SV650 headlight
Converting standard 1/4 throttle to 1/5 throttle
Installing LED's in stock taillight
Uber Fender Eliminator
R1 Taillight on 89-00 GS500
Speedo/Tach light replacement
Better handlebar grips
Installing Buell turn signals - Rear
Installing Buell turn signals - Front
Flush mount rear (stock) turn signals
Installing a 2001 Ducati Monster fairing
Fix a broken oil filter cap bolt
General battery info
A Wal-Mart sealed battery?
Chain Maintenance
Installing SV650 Chainguard
Spark plug information
Installing a GSXR front end
Installing a GSXR swingarm
Installing GSXR rear passenger peg brackets
Installing an OEM Bandit 400 rear hugger
Installing a Bandit 400 rear wheel
Installing a GSXR rear wheel-simple swap
Polishing your wheels
"The Mystical Art of Tire Reading" and other tire info
General tire info for the GS #1
General tire info for the GS #2
General tire info for the GS #3 - mixing brands/types
gsJack's opinion on tires for the GS
Gearing and sprockets
Slip-on mufflers
Slip-on exhaust : using stock SV650 muffler
Installing an R6 tail
Installing GSX-R600 stock rearsets
Installing CBR600 stock rearsets
Replacing stock front pegs with CBR pegs
Replacing stock front pegs with Katana pegs
Why re-jet a stock US bike
More on re-jetting your carbs
Jetting for 2001 models


Replacing the stock rectangular taillight on 89-00 gs500's with an R1 or FZ1 taillight lens is super easy.

The R1 taillight bolts right in to A below. I'd consider moving the bracket to make it sit deeper in, but I think it looks good where it is, and i don't want to impinge on under seat space.

This is how it fits with practically no modification.

I don't know what the stock taillight is like, but to get at the bulbs on the R1 taillight you go under the seat and pull them out from the front.

The sockets that the bulbs sit in plug into the taillight housing.


These sockets have two ears to let you twist them into place. In order to make them clear B, I had to cut one ear off each.
For whatever reason, when I first installed the new taillight, it was tilted down slightly. I folded up some thin cardboard to shim up the bottom.