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post #1 of 9 Old Oct 21st, 2007, 10:14 am Thread Starter
 
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Well, I just got back from an amazing 2 1/2 week trip . While on my trip, I lost my low beam on my headlight but still have my high beam. I tried replacing the bulb with an H3 although the manual says an H7, but it is definitely an H3 bulb but with the same problem still.
Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be? Any help would be appreciated.
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I lost my low beam on my headlight but still have my high beam. I tried replacing the bulb with an H3 although the manual says an H7, but it is definitely an H3 bulb but with the same problem still.
You need to replace the dipped beam bulb. You have replaced main beam, which as you say in an H3. Try an H7 Osram Silverstar if you can get them there.

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what do you mean by the dipped bulb? there is only 2 bulbs in the headlight, the one for de-fogging the lamp and the main bulb.
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what do you mean by the dipped bulb? there is only 2 bulbs in the headlight, the one for de-fogging the lamp and the main bulb.
I'm sorry, I don't understand your response?

There are 3 bulbs...

1) H7 dipped beam

2) H3 Main beam

and

3) Pilot / parking light.

If you look into the front of the headlight, you can see 2 and 3 but dipped beam is hidden behind the reflector for main beam.

Pull off the cover and look almost dead centre of the space. You will see a two pin push on connector. Take that off, release the spring clips and the H7 bulb will drop out.

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Greetings to a fellow Canadian. The low beam bulb is definitely an H7, and the high beam is an H3. If you have put in a new bulb and still no fix use the "Search" feature of the forum for threads with info on "headlight ground" or variations of this. There is a known problem with corrosion/arcing/burning of the ground wiring in and around the headlight unit.

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ok....I did not realize that, hhhmmmm....manual s a little deceiving then. All I could see was the H3. I will try what you say and let you know. Thanks for the advice.
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ok....I did not realize that, hhhmmmm....manual s a little deceiving then. All I could see was the H3. I will try what you say and let you know. Thanks for the advice.
You will find the H7 (low beam) above the H3 (high beam). It is a little more difficult to reach, but with experience you will be able to get it by feel while sitting in front of the bike, looking straight at the headlight assembly.

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ok....I did not realize that, hhhmmmm....manual s a little deceiving then. All I could see was the H3. I will try what you say and let you know. Thanks for the advice.
Assuming yours is the same as mine, I just did both my low beam (H7 12v 55W) and my High Beam (H3 12V 55W). Got both at Cdn Tire (got the white light HID look-alike type)

What I ended up doing may work for you. Will be easy if you too have daughters because you will have a good supply of hand mirrors around. Armed with one of said mirrors, and a flashlight, pop the back cover off the headlight housing and then aim it so you can see the reflection of the back end of the housing.

You'll see the H3 bulb in the hole closest to the ground and then the one you're after in the one just above it. Once you remove the two-prong plug connecting to the backside of the headlight bulb, frig with the clips and soon you'll find that you are able to to drop the bulb out of there very easily.

I'm sure you know already but to avoid touching the new bulb glass (a no no) place it back in the hole right away and re-frig with the clips to get them to hold it in place. Then connect the plug back up and put the cover back on .... after you test to make sure everything's working.

BTW ...... I unnecessarily relpaced my high beam bulb when I thought it had quit (coincidentally when the low-beam had croaked .. should have known that would be unlikely). The problem was that I had not flipped the copper ground back in place onto the back of the H3 bulb holding piece. Sorry about using all these technical names of things .....

Also -- I found step by step instructions on doing this job in the Service and Maintenance manual. If you can imagine they were exactly correct too if you followed each step in order

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Mission accomplished!!! It was the H7 bulb and with a flashlight was much easier to see. It was easy to remove but to put it back in was a little more aggravating but i finally got it.
Thanks for all your advice. I have noe learned something new about my beloved LT.
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