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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2011, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Poor low beam??

Has anyone sorted out a way to get the low beam working better. I am not interested in running driving lights or converting to duals like mentioned in some other threads.
Simply put I can ride my old bike (85 kawasaki zl9) to work in the dark at a steady 65mph on just the low beam and not have to worry about visability so I feel that I should somehow be able to ride a New bike the same without the addition of more lights.
I just cant belive they put a head light on that dosnt give a proper beam of light and wonder if anyone knows exactly what the problem is with it so maybe we could find a fix?

Thanks in advance for any help!
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You change bulbs with a higher wattage, PIAA has a few different ones
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2011, 08:59 PM
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I installed the PIAA H4 and the difference is day and night
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R-63,

Does the bulb just plug into the headlamp housing, or is it more complicated than that?

Thanks for the info - I just ordered one of those bulbs from a local dealer. Should be here tomorrow.

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Hello Draeger, to change the bulb there is two Phillips head screws one about 8 o'clock and the other about 4oclock remove them. Then unplug the wires going to the bulb after that roll the rubber plug off that's around the bulb. Once that is done you will see a wire clamp holding the bulb in place squeeze the wires together and it will hindge back. Put rubber gloves on before you touch the bulbs because if you touch it bare handed the oils fro your skin will cause the bulb to burn out. Then just do everything in reverse. Hope this helps
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Thanks for the great instructions, R-63! I picked up a bulb today and will be installing it tomorrow. Seems like a very inexpensive way to up the light output ($62).

Good tip on the gloves ...
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To the OP and Draeger: make sure to let us know if this is a actual fix. I installed xenon's on mine, and it helped, but it didn't put the beam out much further...this is the problem I have with my bike. I look forward to hearing whether you are sound with the new "fix"
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I rode today at dusk and it certainly seemed like road signs were illuminated at a greater distance. Next time I'll ride at night and post what I experience. I could tell immediately after installing the new bulb in my garage that the overall output was brighter.
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I rode today at night with the new H4 bulb and really noticed the difference. Road signs were illuminated at over 100 yards (at least!) and the high beam was crazy bright. For the money I spent on the new bulb, and the quick replacement (took 5 minutes) I'd highly recommend swapping out the bulb as a cheap fix for the poor Tbird stock light. Now to look for auxiliary lights ...
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