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I have an '00 M900s.

There is a hollow metal U-shaped bar that sits behind the headlight bracket, with the open part of the U facing up. Each length is about 4" long. It looks like it's attached to the bottom clamp on my forks, and the tops are holes with plastic rings inside. A "needle"-ish part sticks into the opening from the top clamp. Overall it looks like the U-bar is there to set the spacing between the clamps properly.

The top part of one side looks seated properly. The other side looks like it has spring loose--the "needle" chewed the opening of the U up a little and now is not seated in this U.

Should I be concerned about this? To try to re-seat, I could put the front on a stand and loosen the lower clamp, slide it down, adjust the top of the U, and slide it back up and re-torque the lower clamp pinch bolts. The part looks like it might give out again and slide free.

I can take pictures if I'm not describing this well enough, but I'm going to go to bed first.

Any advice? I don't want things to fall apart as I'm doing power wheelies in second gear with a pillion...

Tigre
 

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Easy fix if it's like all the older models:

The vertical bolts that hold the dash/instrument cluster should be the ones that protrude down into the top of the u-bracket. Just back out the one that has disengaged and flex the u-bracket into alignment by pushing or pulling the headlight mount while you run the bolt back into place.

That u-bracket is what the headlight mounting ears are welded to, so you want to fix it to minimize vibration that could kill the headlight bulb.
 

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What Mark said. Those "needles" are the ends of some funky long bolts that hold the instrument panel to the top clamp.

But if the top of that U is worn, you're going to want to reinforce it. A neat way would be to find some aluminum tubing at the hardware store that has an ID that just fits over the worn bracket; cut an appropriate length and epoxy it on. The messy way would be to put a small hose clamp around it.
 

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Awesome--thanks guys!

Don, shoot me an email offline--let me know how things are going.

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