From:Mutt e-mail:pigstye13-A-aol.com
Subject:RE: RE: RE: NOS tail light lenses Date:Mon May 5 20:19:22 2014
Response to:19491
The 48-50 tail lamps came stock with the wire retainer. The spiral ring came out the same year they put the bullet on the tail light




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"I found another red lens that had the flange broken badly"
I had this happen to me when I used the wrong retaining ring to hold the lens in. The tail light housing was designed for a ring that looks like three turns of a slinky that you 'wind' into place. I used the round spring ring for the big H-D's and it was too large in diameter and broke the lens flange.

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Mutt,

Just an interesting note on the bullet taillight red lens used on the 1948-1955 Models 125 and 165. These lenses were marked "HD 125".

My 1954 KH came with a "HD 125" red lens. In the box of spare parts, I found another red lens that had the flange broken badly - it was also a HD 125".

It appears that all the K and KH models 1952-1955 used the HD 125 lenses.

The 68091-20 red lens was used on big twins and 45's through 1938. They had a beehive pattern inside.

For the 1948 Model 125, Harley continued using the 68091-20 part number, but the lenses now had a pebbled finish inside, and the HD 125 marking on the outside, right near the point. I guess in 1952, they just used the same lens on the new K model.

In 1956, both the Model 165 and Model KH changed taillights to a larger, more modern size.

Dave



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If any one needs a NOS tail light lens for the 60-later tail lights, this guy has 2 or 3 up for sale. Just saying......................

Mutt

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