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post #1 of 14 Old 11-11-2016, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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My lowbeam bulb burned out after 2600 miles. (???) I read somewhere that you can get a H4 bulb in a H7 mounting which provides more lumens. Anyone know of this bulb, ie. maunufacturer and part number?

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Just switch it out for an HID or LED bulb and call it a day.


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You have to be careful shoehorning in a H4 bulb into the stock wiring harness. Im not 100% sure, but you run the risk of blowing fuses or relays or melting things.
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Just switch it out for an HID or LED bulb and call it a day.
Is there an LED bulb that fits right in there without any modification? Do you have a manufacturer/part number that I could look at? I'm not interested at this time in tearing the front end apart just to get my low beam up and running.

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Yes, any H7 LED bulb will fit. Hard Racing carries them here:

http://www.hardracing.com/LEDheadlights.htm


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If you actually like putting the light where it needs to go, which is on the ground, I would suggest against just a cheap HID kit. The correct way to do HIDs is a complete projector kit. HIDs reflect the light in a different way than the halogen bulbs which will result in scattered light.

Read this for more, better info: http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...nversions.html
*I recommend against buying from him. I had an issue with him a few years ago. Great information, terrible service*

I think the brightest stock replacement option available is this bulb, a H7/H9 hybrid with an impressive lumens increase. I have one of these on each of my bikes on the low beam and am greatly impressed.

http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html
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If you actually like putting the light where it needs to go, which is on the ground, I would suggest against just a cheap HID kit. The correct way to do HIDs is a complete projector kit. HIDs reflect the light in a different way than the halogen bulbs which will result in scattered light.

Read this for more, better info: http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...nversions.html
*I recommend against buying from him. I had an issue with him a few years ago. Great information, terrible service*

I think the brightest stock replacement option available is this bulb, a H7/H9 hybrid with an impressive lumens increase. I have one of these on each of my bikes on the low beam and am greatly impressed.

http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html
You've peaked my interest in the Osram Rally bulb. I see that it uses 65 vs. 55 watts for the stock bulb. Any chance of burning wires or the headlight enclosure running this bulb? Also, is there diminished lifespan with these type of bulbs? I would like to get more than 2600 miles on a bulb.

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2600 miles is short. I'm at well over 5k on my R3 and 3k on my BMW. But bulb life can vary. But part of paying for a higher performing bulb is accepting you will get a shorter life span.

I'd rather pay a few extra bucks for a light bulb that helps me see at night than on lunch out one day. My commute to and from work is usually in the dark as I work 11 hour days. Ability to see is important for me.
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2600 miles is short. I'm at well over 5k on my R3 and 3k on my BMW. But bulb life can vary. But part of paying for a higher performing bulb is accepting you will get a shorter life span.

I'd rather pay a few extra bucks for a light bulb that helps me see at night than on lunch out one day. My commute to and from work is usually in the dark as I work 11 hour days. Ability to see is important for me.
Again I ask: "You've peaked my interest in the Osram Rally bulb. I see that it uses 65 vs. 55 watts for the stock bulb. Any chance of burning wires or the headlight enclosure running this bulb? "

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I would think that the extra wattage wouldn't be a problem for the wiring but you might have an issue with extra heat inside the housing. But I would say there is only a small chance of anything happening.


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