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post #1 of 16 Old May 21st, 2008, 6:56 pm Thread Starter
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okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

Yes I realize lots of folks are putting in HID but I'm replacing my low beam lamp with a PIAA 110 watt (only draws 55)

So.. here's the question.
Like the manual says do you really need to pull the front fairing off to replace the lamp which means the side fairings and the windshield also?

Who's done it?
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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

I had the dealer install two PIAA bulbs ($50 & $35 I believe they were), IMO, both were a waste of money. I switched the high beam back to the factory bulb, which was much better. I am ordering the 4300 HID low beam kit, beginning of next week. Can't help on the other questions.
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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

Thanks I understand - the standard bulb is pretty bad but compared to a burned out bulb - it's good. I've already got auxillary lighting - strong PIAAs (asphalt melters) but I just need a bit of wisdom on replacing the low beam headlight.

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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

I have... a Fashtek HID for $75 shipped using the BMWLT group discount. Easily the best $75 upgrade one can do for a bike. Now I can actually see really well at night on the highway!

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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

What year is your bike? I'm not sure on the 2005's and up, but on my 2003 you don't need to remove anything. Just reach under and you can easily reach everything you need. I've done it in the parking lot of an auto parts store.

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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

1999 - haven't tried that - guess it's worth a look see -

Anybody else?

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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

okay - it's fun to admit - sometimes you just have to look.
Looks like I can get to everything like you said.

Soon as the bulb gets here I'll find out

Duhhhhhh

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okay - it's fun to admit - sometimes you just have to look.
Looks like I can get to everything like you said.

Soon as the bulb gets here I'll find out

Duhhhhhh

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Hey, Jim - you got the leetle Service and Technical Booklet that came with the bike - the leetle bitsy one? It's gotta section on replacing headlight bulbs for the '99 models. There is a wire bail that holds the plastic cover to the back of the light niche. Just pull it down (it'll sorta snap over a nub) and remove the cover. Then you can reach in and pull off the plug housing at the base of the bulb; release the spring clips at the top and bottom and sorta swing them back outta the way. Take out the old bulb (should be an H7), and insert the new bulb. Sez be careful to NOT touch the bulb surface with fingers. There should be a 'groove' at the base of the bulb and it should locate facing in the up position - reengage the spring clips at top and bottom, and re-attach the plug housing to the bulb connections; replace the plastic cover and push the wire bail up until it snaps over the nubs. You're good to go. HTH.
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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

Did the SILVER STAR bulb upgrade .... yea a tad WHITER light, but no brighter sadly.

Did a 4000 color HID upgrade very shortly their after & GLAD I did !!

The Pricey conventional trick bulbs were a waste of $$$

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Did the SILVER STAR bulb upgrade .... yea a tad WHITER light, but no brighter sadly.

Did a 4000 color HID upgrade very shortly their after & GLAD I did !!

The Pricey conventional trick bulbs were a waste of $$$
Yep - read here many times about how the laws of Mr. Ampere and Mrs. Voltage just make it difficult to get a 100W shine out of a 55W thangie!! And, 'sides, if you do get a full 100W, you're prolly gonna toast the coating inside the shell/niche of the headlight assembly. Butt, that's just what I read - I don't know Amps and Volts very well; they kinda stay away from me!!!
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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

Replacing the low bulb on a 99 is easy. I did it without looking at the manual. It was easier than on my ST1100. I used some of that experience on the LT and it was real easy.
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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

Actually the easiest way is to kneel or sit in front of the bike and have your hands do the work by feel. Well OK, it gets easier after a couple of times doing it, but then you can do it in just a few minutes.

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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

While you're up under there, take a look at the ground wires. A well documented design shortcoming (search around for the posts) allows the ground wires to overheat, corrode, and eventually fail. When mine finally failed and I did some minor re-routing it was amazing how much brighter the headlight was, compared to before the failure.

BTW you only have to remove the nose cone if you are replacing the headlight unit. The service manual isn't too clear about headlight versus headlight bulb(s).

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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

Be careful about putting in a halogen style bulb that is "brighter" than the stock bulb - there are threads on here about the inside of the lamp lens getting smokey from the extra heat the aftermarket bulbs generate.

I've got the CQ HID on mine, and I really like it. There are better ones out now from what I understand (smaller ballasts and ignitors) and in all reality you will kick yourself when you finally put one in that you didn't do it sooner.
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Re: okay who has replaced their low beam lamp

HID is the only way to go for night riding. When it is aimed correctly, it makes a tremendous difference over the stock bulb. I cannot imagine riding at night without it. You just can't see far enough ahead to ride safely. It's very easy to install and only takes about an hour or two. The hardest step of the installation is to start....... Lots of good instructions and pictures on this site.

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Regarding halogen replacements . . . there are different shades of "whiteness", sure. But "brightness"? There's only one replacement. And that's H.I.D.! And don't be fooled by the halogen lamps that claim to be HID replacements that don't come with a ballast/igniter.

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