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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-20-2004, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Headlight bulb replacement

Has anyone replaced a burned out headlight bulb on their Honda? My 1990 uses two Honda bulbs of 45/45 watts. I wanted to install normal H4 bulbs of 55/60 watts. If you tried this you know that normal H4 bulbs won't fit because Hondas use their proprietary bulbs at a much higher cost.

I found a site http://www.sporttouringusa.com/www/h4rings.htm that sells an adaptor ring so that you can fit standard H4 bulbs in the Honda headlight. I ordered them yesterday and will post how they work.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2004, 07:37 AM
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Would there be any issues using a higher wattage bulb and not using a heavier gauge wire? It might be more than just getting it to physically fit in there.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2004, 07:39 AM
 
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A lot of pre-'02 VFR owners use those adapters. They work, so I'm told! I'm so glad Honda quit using those stupid bulbs...
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Would there be any issues using a higher wattage bulb and not using a heavier gauge wire? It might be more than just getting it to physically fit in there.
I've used relays before for loud horns on bikes and for H4's on older Jeeps. The week point on most vehicles used to be the horn button or light switch. But since lights on bikes are on all the time now, it shouldn't be a problem. Plus, going from 45 to 55 watts isn't a big jump in current draw. But if I blow a fuse or see smoke coming from the dash, I'll put in a relay.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-23-2005, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have dual headlights on my CBR, and one of the low beams burnt out. I used my brights all winter, but I want to ride at night now. Today I put in regular 55/60 watt bulbs, to replace the Honda 45/45 bulbs. I had to cut off the two lower locating tabs on the new bulbs. I used the adaptor to install them, but I don't think it's necessary. Once you put the top locating tab in the socket hole, it can't rotate, and the retainer spring holds it in place. With my dashboard, it was a bear to get to, even after I took off part of the fairing and instrument panel. But it works great now.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-23-2005, 09:47 PM
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There not made to be easy to get to.
I never had an issue with my Honda's but, know a few that did make that conversion.
I don't know what adapter if any they used.

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