Burned-out low beam....


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Burned-out low beam....

Postby Big Bob » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:55 pm



I posted earlier but it ended up in a different area, anyways my 96 has burned-out low beam and I'll need to replace them but I want to use automotive H4 bulbs and shims. Only thing I see on shims its for 98-2000 wings. Is that right, or will I need shims for my 96 also? Also where does the shim go, in first or on top of bulb last before the clip? Also, who sells the shims? Thanks!

Bob


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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:55 pm

I am not much help on most of your questions here, sorry, but I do have one answer !
Where to buy the shims. . . . .
http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... ms/83/6959
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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby RBGERSON » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:22 pm

Honda changed the location of the tabs/slots for the tabs depending on the bulb you buy you may or may not need shims..Or pull you bulbs and make sure you buy bulbs that has tabs in the same location. The tabs are available on eBay just search H4 Bulb Adapter Rings - Honda GL 1500 GL1500 Goldwing Valkyrie and they shouLD come up
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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Uncle Fester » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:52 pm

Also, looking at the link I put, it APPEARS the tabs are only needed with the newer style (clear) headlight set up that is from 98-00, so if you have the stock, not upgraded, headlight housings, you are ok.

From the cyclemax page :

This is a pair of H-4 headlight bulb shims. These laser cut stainless steel shims allow you to use aftermarket H-4 halogen bulbs in your 1998-2000 style GL1500 headlight without any alignment problems. These will be required with the 60/55 Watt bulbs that are sold on this page. The 1988-1997 style headlight does not require these shims to use aftermarket bulbs. 02510
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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:01 am

I have a 97 and had to use shims when replacing my bulgs with helogen..but who knows maybe the PO swap my headlight assembly for a newer type???

PS I have an extra set of brighter bulbs I bought two sets by mistake fat and too fast fingers on the keyboard..if anyone wants them $15 plus shipping
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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:57 pm

I, too, have a '97 (my bike is the "Special Canadian Edition"), and didn't need shims. Stock H4 bulbs popped right in - no shims required. I have the older-style headlight (the one without the clear lens). I suspect yours won't need them, either.

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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:24 pm

My 96 was upgraded to the clear 98-00 headlight set up, guess if I go the aftermarket route, I will need shims, IF they are not in there already. . . .
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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby golden highway » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:54 am

I have a 98 and I used regular H4 bulbs. The tabs didn't line up but it only requires bending one tab all the way up and one tab needs a slight adjustment so it sits properly.

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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Big Bob » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:36 pm

Update time........replaced my headlamp bulbs today with Sylvannia H4 60/55w automotive bulbs also the turn signal bulbs, and position bulbs. No problem with tabs, no shims they just dropped right in and used the clips to secure them in place. Old bulbs have been in since the wing ding in '06 in Ft. Wayne had one burn out back then. Should be good for a while now!! :D

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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:15 pm

Very cool, glad you got it worked out ! Question for you, is your headlight the newer clear or the earlier slightly frosted style ?
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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Big Bob » Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:27 pm

Uncle Fester, now that you bring it up I had to go and look never really thought about it but it is slightly frosted. Tomorrow night I will drive the bike home from work so I will be able to see the results of my work, raining right now!

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Re: Burned-out low beam....

Postby Uncle Fester » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:36 pm

If it is ever so slightly frosted, for lack of a better term, it is a early style headlight set up, my bike has been upgraded to the newer style clear headlight set up. . . So it sounds like I will need the shims, IF they are not already in there. . . .


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