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post #1 of 25 Old 10-07-2014, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Cheap Easy upgrade for stock headlight bulb?

Hey Guys,

Low beam just blew on my 919... (2nd time low beams blown this year) i'd like to get something a bit better then stock but am not comfortable with the modifications (cutting, splicing, grinding) that are required for some of the better options.

Would getting an LED replacement like this chinese ebay deal be at least a slight improvement over stock?

30W 3000LM Bike Motorcycle H4 CREE XML L2 LED Headlight Light Bulb Beam 12V 24V | eBay

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post #2 of 25 Old 10-07-2014, 10:01 AM
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cheap trick

Living in the city and, otherwise, driving on highways at night, I have little use for my high beam and so I use it full time until it burns out and then I use my low beam. Thus, I get full use from my bulbs.

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I don't think that the chinese eBay LED one would fit inside the headlight bucket. I used SilverStar Ultras but the light output was still pretty weak.

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I wish I had a nickle for every time I posted that....

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I wish I had a nickle for every time I posted that....
But amazon says it won't fit!...

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post #7 of 25 Old 10-07-2014, 07:49 PM
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I used cree led h4 setup on my bike and love it. Yes I made a separate hole on the rear of the bucket just to give the little fan a little more clearance and better air circulation. No problems and way brighter than stock. Highly recommended. I made a thread about it just search for cree led.

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If the internet says it, it must be try!

No matter what the facts are

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post #9 of 25 Old 10-08-2014, 06:41 AM
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I wish I had a nickle for every time I posted that....
Hey Steve, is that a drop in bulb? Did you have to do any type of mod to get it to work?

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post #10 of 25 Old 10-08-2014, 01:26 PM
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What size bulb does the 919 take anyways? My 2007 still has the original bulb in it, I gotta wonder how much longer mine will last.

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post #11 of 25 Old 10-08-2014, 01:30 PM
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I have used the Silver Star Ultra 9003 H4 bulb and it dropped right in with no mods required.

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the 16 guage headlight wiring is inadequate to efficiently power a 55w H4, let alone anything with more wattage. 12 guage direct from battery switched by a relay significantly brightens the existing headlight for relatively small investment.
the bike still needs auxillary lights IMHO

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Did you change your wiring? Running 100W bulb with the oem wires could burn out your wires and/or switch. Honestly the switch would probably go first

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Honestly the switch would probably go first
This. Very much this.

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I've been running a H83140171 H4 12v 100/80w for about a year and a half without any problems. Not to say I haven't just been lucky.

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It's not necessarily luck - wires burn out over time. So even if its ok for a year, maybe even a couple years, you'll wind up burning up the harness wire. Not to mention that the light would be a lot brighter if you powered it through higher gauge wire (less resistance).

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Not to mention that the light would be a lot brighter if you powered it through higher gauge wire (less resistance).
Yeah, I've read that in other threads and have been wanting to rewire for that reason. Of course I also want to go led...

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post #21 of 25 Old 11-20-2014, 09:06 PM
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i went ahead and did a dual relay setup for a stock type bulb. The relays feed the light with power directly from 10awg wires from the battery and a direct back to the battery ground.

I gained almost 2V at the headlight when switched on compared to the stock wiring.... thats a 20% increase! The stock wiring SUCKS, your best improvement would be to do a direct from the battery relay setup before doing any other mods such as higher wattage bulbs etc.

ALSO with the relay setup i was able to have further control of the high and low beams.... i can have it to where they act normal or high and low beams on at the same time (stock wattage bulb to not melt the housing) this gives a much better flood and spot beam opposed to one or the other.

And i paired that with two 10W cree LED spot pods, i light up the road pretty good now.

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i went ahead and did a dual relay setup for a stock type bulb. The relays feed the light with power directly from 10awg wires from the battery and a direct back to the battery ground.

I gained almost 2V at the headlight when switched on compared to the stock wiring.... thats a 20% increase! The stock wiring SUCKS, your best improvement would be to do a direct from the battery relay setup before doing any other mods such as higher wattage bulbs etc.

ALSO with the relay setup i was able to have further control of the high and low beams.... i can have it to where they act normal or high and low beams on at the same time (stock wattage bulb to not melt the housing) this gives a much better flood and spot beam opposed to one or the other.

And i paired that with two 10W cree LED spot pods, i light up the road pretty good now.
You got a 2 volt gain ? !
That's mega.
Are you sure no other factors were at play, such as battery condition or RPMs ?
Or was it for sure everything else the same, but got another 2 V ?

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i went ahead and did a dual relay setup for a stock type bulb. The relays feed the light with power directly from 10awg wires from the battery and a direct back to the battery ground.

I gained almost 2V at the headlight when switched on compared to the stock wiring.... thats a 20% increase! The stock wiring SUCKS, your best improvement would be to do a direct from the battery relay setup before doing any other mods such as higher wattage bulbs etc.

ALSO with the relay setup i was able to have further control of the high and low beams.... i can have it to where they act normal or high and low beams on at the same time (stock wattage bulb to not melt the housing) this gives a much better flood and spot beam opposed to one or the other.

And i paired that with two 10W cree LED spot pods, i light up the road pretty good now.
When are you free to do this to my bike?

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Did you change your wiring? Running 100W bulb with the oem wires could burn out your wires and/or switch. Honestly the switch would probably go first
Had it all season and I have not had any problems.

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post #25 of 25 Old 11-24-2014, 03:57 PM
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I put a Hella H4 100/80W headlight bulb in back in February of 2008. No problems to date with either the wiring handling the wattage or the headlight lens handling the extra heat output.

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