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Sorry.....I haven't ever used that bulb....I installed the HID's almost 2 years ago, and won't use anything else now.

Just a word of caution.....you may have wiring problems with the harness if it's not upgraded to handle the extra wattage.....I know it's not much more draw.....but folks have melted their harnesses after putting a bigger bulb in there.

Maybe somebody with a bit more electrical experience will step in here and clarify things for you.

Pat
 

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3 words of advise:

Don't do it!

anything more in thermal load (meaning more than 50W) in the small space WILL damage the reflector. Depending on your model between $200 and $350
 

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yechave said:
The item on eBay is an H7 bulb, which is for the low beam on all years LT, however you quoted "65 watt H7 high beam bulb?"
Also the eBay item costs $45.00. For another $30,00 you can get an HID low beam kit, so why bother with a higher wattage bulb that will only provide a marginal light gain? Go HID, you won't be sorry. Attend a local tech session and install it yourself under the supervision of someone who has done it.:bmw:
 

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andy said:
3 words of advise:

Don't do it!

anything more in thermal load (meaning more than 50W) in the small space WILL damage the reflector. Depending on your model between $200 and $350
Not necessarily so Andy. I ran a 70 watt low beam bulb for nearly two years before I upgraded to low beam HID, and kept an 85 watt high beam in place for over 4 years, never had any problem with the reflector.

85 watt high beam seemed to be OK since high beam is not usually on for long lengths of time, the 70 watt low beam I would consider the upper limit, since I had no problems, but a couple of people who tried 85 to 100 watt low beam bulbs did destroy the reflectors.

I surely do recommend HID though, instead of higher wattage bulbs, which only marginally help. My 85 watt high beam bulb looked like a yellow candle in comparison to the 35 watt HID low beam!
 

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dshealey said:
Not necessarily so Andy. I ran a 70 watt low beam bulb for nearly two years before I upgraded to low beam HID, and kept an 85 watt high beam in place for over 4 years, never had any problem with the reflector.

85 watt high beam seemed to be OK since high beam is not usually on for long lengths of time, the 70 watt low beam I would consider the upper limit, since I had no problems, but a couple of people who tried 85 to 100 watt low beam bulbs did destroy the reflectors.

I surely do recommend HID though, instead of higher wattage bulbs, which only marginally help. My 85 watt high beam bulb looked like a yellow candle in comparison to the 35 watt HID low beam!
You are right. He can roll the dice.

On that account: I have heard some smokers are still healthy.

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I agree with Zippy, for $30 more just go with the HID low beam and be done with it. You'll spend more dinking around with higher wattage bulbs and never be satisfied. So spend the $75 and an hour for the install and get the HID's you won't be sorry.:)

Here's a pic of mine with HID low beam. BTW the ones under the tip over wings are H-3 halogen's and look yellow by comparison.
 

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Where can I buy the kit for $75? How much more for the High Beam?
Patroa1 organized a group buy that you can look up on this forum. The price for the high beam will be the same but you need to specify which bulb. If your bike is an 04 and earlier you will need an H3 bulb, if it is an 05 and newer you need an H9 or an H11 if they don't carry the H9.
Stay with 4300K, or at a max 5000K and you will have bright white lights!:D
 
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