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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2014, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Custom headlight issues!!!!

Hey guys, I just recently purchased a 2002 RC51, It has a custom front fairing with small round headlights, it looks great in my opinion until the first time I took the bike out at night and I couldn't see anything, anybody else ran I to situations like this, I was told it's a h13 bulb but I haven't had time to yank a bulb out, anybody else ran into this problem?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-24-2014, 09:29 PM
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I have the same or similar setup. My front end is made by Eurobikes and my plasma headlamps have H4 bulbs and mine are bright as hell.

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Thanks, I'm gonna go get some H4 Halogen bulbs and wire them up this evening, plasma and Hid are illegal here in va, but I'm gonna wire up both low beams and both high beams and see if that gives me enough light
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Ok I got the light bulb out, it's a h3 55watt fog light, do you have a part number for the actual headlight housing and lenses on your bike, I think my lense is plastic after closer investigation and I'm afraid a real headlight bulb will melt the plastic, or any ideas on making more light with what I have,
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55w is plenty, remind me, is an H3 a single terminal bulb that earths (grounds) through the base?
A bad earth (usually characterised by a weakened bulb retaining clip that has been overheated) will give very poor light output, exacerbated by the fact that if the bulb is not seating correctly the beam definition is poor

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Yes they are single terminal, it grounds through the back plate, I can get a 100 watt bulb that also is h3 and then try to angle the actual lense so that both lights are pointing in a optimal pattern, I was really hoping to have an actual high low beam setup, I have tons of deer around my house so the more light I ca. Get the better
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I will see if I can strengthen the retaining clips so that they have a strong ground
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be careful with 100w, it makes alot of heat, 55 should be fine, make sure the bulb is seating correctly
vaguely D shaped base with a couple of raised dimples?
try running an extra ground, even as a temporary lash up while stationary, to see if it improves the output
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But if it's a fog light style bulb no matter what watt it's not gonna project the light like a headlight does will it?
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why not? lots of cars use single filament bulbs in the headlights, one for dip and one for main, 55w is only allowed for main beam over here, 45 for dip
the seating of the bulb is very important as is the ground, ideally it will be getting 14 .5 v

( i used to test headlight beam patterns as part of my job, have probably tested close to 100,00 so i have an idea of what i am talking about!)
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