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So the VFR needed a headlight replace. Honda wants $28 for ONE. So I go down to the local auto parts store and pick up a pair of H4 for the same as Honda's one.

Go to install and find out that the tabs are different. While it takes an H4, Honda Motorcycles have the tabs spread out differently than their cars do and how they are on a regular automotive H4.

So now I have to buy some shims and cut the old tabs off the bulb and then fit the shim over the H4. These shims are $12.00 for a pair and with shipping at $5 I am think I should just buy two sets of shim and make it more worth my wild. Do we know if its the same for the 919, i.e. do we need these shims to make an automotive H4 fit in our headlight?

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So the VFR needed a headlight replace. Honda wants $28 for ONE. So I go down to the local auto parts store and pick up a pair of H4 for the same as Honda's one. Go to install and find out that the tabs are different. While it takes aH4 Honda Motorcycles have the tabs spread out differently than their cars do and how they are on a regular automotive H4. So now I have to buy some shims and cut the old tabs off the bulb and then fit the shim over the H4. These shims are $12.00 for a pair and with shipping at $5 I am think I should just buy two sets of shim and make it more worth my wild. Do we know if its the same for the 919, i.e. do we need these shims to make an automotive H4 fit in our headlight?
No, the 919 was designed and built after Honda gave up on their experiment with non-standard headlight bulbs.

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Well, that's a relief. But still I now have to spend another $17 just to install some damn headlight bulbs. Irritating.

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Chances are someone should have aftermarket adapters you can buy. Silly Honda trying to make the bulbs proprietary.

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Chances are someone should have aftermarket adapters you can buy. Silly Honda trying to make the bulbs proprietary.
Those are the shims he's referring to. There are aftermarket shims or rings that are installed to allow the user to install a standard H4/9003 if you cut off or bend back two of the three tabs.

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Those are the shims he's referring to. There are aftermarket shims or rings that are installed to allow the user to install a standard H4/9003 if you cut off or bend back two of the three tabs.
Gotcha, I thought he had to rig something to get it to work.

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Related to this topic, what is the bulb to get for the 919? I threw some Silverstar Ultras in my Jeep and can't tell the difference between then and stock. We all know the 919 leaves a lot to be desired. I thought about the LED conversion from Cycle Gear, but open to thoughts and suggestions. Without a full retrofit.

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The Cycle Gear LED conversion is low beam only, not high and low. I favor a certain kind of HID bulb replacement which does actually pass state inspection, doesn't blind oncoming traffic and is fine for all practical purposes, but Pvster will go ballistic at the mention of it.

The general conclusion, though, is that an entire LED-based bulb, reflector and lens replacement, like the GE, Trucklite and JW Speaker units, are the way to go if you have the cash. Some also recommend the inexpensive Cyclops brand as they've had good results.

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