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Thread: How do you install the tailite lens retaining springs on 39 to 41 beehive tl

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    Default How do you install the tailite lens retaining springs on 39 to 41 beehive tl

    Ordered the left and right tailamp lens retaining springs for my 39 el, i have never installed these nor do i have a manual or parts book that shows how they go, i am afraid if i am not careful i am going to break the glass lens, if anyone has and or could post a picture or even explain how to install these i would greatly appreciate it, thank you, larry

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    Page 579 in Bruce's book. It's a little tricky, even with the tool. Sometimes takes 4 hands.
    Dave

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    I'm confused, Folks!

    I thought the 'beehive' was before '39.

    Thanks in advance as always...

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    Thanks so much, I guess I should have looked there 1st, I have the old book also, I don't have the tool, but will try to get one, I got the retaining springs from old dude

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    Cotton, you are right, they did call the 35 38 beehive, Bruce also mentioned that the 39 to 46 was refered to as streamlined and beehive, I have even hear them called honey comb, thanks guys for all the help, Larry

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    cant find the tool, anybody know where I can get one

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    Quote Originally Posted by T. Cotten View Post
    I'm confused, Folks!

    I thought the 'beehive' was before '39.

    Thanks in advance as always...

    ....Cotten
    Blame Easyriders magazine. Someone writing for them misidentified what the factory always called the "Streamline" taillight, 1939-46, a "Beehive" when the magazine was just starting, and it was off to the races. The error stuck. Most antique H-D builders have learned the difference.

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