90w halogen bulbs


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90w halogen bulbs

Postby hugger-4641 » Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:22 pm



Just wondering if anyone has tried using 90w halogen bulbs in Gl1500? If so, any problems, were they better than the 60W?



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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby ct1500 » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:25 pm

Headlight bulbs? Be careful as you will likely burn up the wiring harness. You would now be pushing double the amperage of OEM through the tiny wires.
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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby dingdong » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:10 am

Not only too much current draw but too much heat generated by 90watt bulbs.
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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:02 am

You will melt not only your wiring harness, but the insides of your headlights as well.

If you want more light, go to HID or LED.

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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby hugger-4641 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 8:59 pm

Thanks for the replies! Not brave enough to try it, just wondering if anyone else had! 8-)
Not really unhappy with the 60w, actually I was even fine when mine still had stock 45w, but when I changed to 60w Silverstar it was a big improvement.

Hid's are a definite step up, but I've seen several of my crotch rocket and sport bike friends have trouble with the Hid driver units. Could be they are getting what they pay for, or could be the vibration is worse on those bikes, I don't know. I welcome to opinions from 'wing riders who have them. ;)

I would love to go LED, I've changed out almost every other bulb on the bike to LED. But.... I haven't seen any LED headlights yet that impress me. Doesn't mean there isn't any, I just haven't seen any in real life. Welcome to opinions on those also! 8-)

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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:15 pm

hugger-4641 wrote:I would love to go LED, I've changed out almost every other bulb on the bike to LED. But.... I haven't seen any LED headlights yet that impress me. Doesn't mean there isn't any, I just haven't seen any in real life. Welcome to opinions on those also! 8-)


I've been waiting as well, but I'm thrilled with the ones I have on now: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=32942

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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby TAZZ » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:57 pm

Cyclemax has Two of then one by Electrical Connection the other by So Cal Moto Gear which one is better does any of you know. I like the price of the Electrical Conn.

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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:22 pm

TAZZ wrote:Cyclemax has Two of then one by Electrical Connection the other by So Cal Moto Gear which one is better does any of you know. I like the price of the Electrical Conn.


I have tested the EC and SoCalMotoGear LEDs next to one another on a table (mounted in a headlight assembly). While the EC unit seemed to put out a bit more light, the SoCal unit had a much better output pattern, and that's the one I put in my GL1500.

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Re: 90w halogen bulbs

Postby FM-USA » Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:16 am

Silver Stars lasted me one year (almost to the day) on both bulbs. Switched to high beam to get home and both blew out. I wrote Phillips on that issue, reply was basically they didn't care, it lasted the warranty. NEVER AGAIN!
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As many say the Wings wires can't support much more power over stock. I'm using 60/55w bulbs and can use the high beams for short bursts before the wires and fuses heat up.
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