H7 light bulbs

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H7 light bulbs

Postby dayser7 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:19 am

Don't know if anyone else has had this happen..but I was in a rain and hail storm recently and the next day noticed I had no low beam lights. Checked fuses and they were fine. Stopped at a Honda service place and they suggested I may have had both bulbs burn out at the same time. They wanted 25 bucks a bulb for originals and 15 bucks for after market. Then told me it was difficult to change them myself. Well (fortunately) they did not have time so I found a replacement video on Utube then found bulbs on ebay for under 4 bucks and replaced them myself in about 10 minutes for the pair. Time will tell how good the bulbs are...but they work good now.

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Re: H7 light bulbs

Postby Pam » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:31 am

Had the same thing one low bean went and I found a vidio on how to change them. Not paying a dealer for that


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Re: H7 light bulbs

Postby Red Ron » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:46 am

Usually the 2nd one will go shortly after the first, but I have never heard of it happening at the exact time. Yes, the low beams are easy to change and you can get the bulbs anywhere.

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Re: H7 light bulbs

Postby mmartin_tdc » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:00 pm

Both at one time sounds like a possible water shorting issue.
Gotta love the help videos available from all the other 1800 riders.
We have to look out for each other and continue to share the knowledge.

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Re: H7 light bulbs

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:37 pm

you can get sylvania h7 and h4 bulbs at autozone, there a bit more than $4.00
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Re: H7 light bulbs

Postby tmstowe » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:06 am

Wally-World carries the H7 & H4 bulbs as well.

It's always a good idea to replace both bulbs at the same time, as the lights do tend to dim slightly near the end of their life (at least, the new bulb seems brighter than the old one). I keep the old working bulb as an emergency spare. Of course, that won't work this time for you. The last time I changed bulbs, it only took about 15 minutes to change both.

Low beam bulbs are fairly easy to replace, but you have to remove the fairing pockets to get to the high beam bulbs (haven't had to change those, yet!)

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Re: H7 light bulbs

Postby dayser7 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:44 pm

I haven't had to do the high beams either...hopefully I won't! Now I just had to replace a fog light bulb...it wasn't so bad, but I thought I was just going to get to put in an H7. When I took it apart I found that it is a bulb with a wire attached and a little more complicated. It is an H3 bulb...well the dealer did not have one...but the one he looked up was 27 bucks. I went to Car Quest and found a white(not blue) H3 for 3.99 it had the spade type connection on it instead of the Gold Wing tube..my plan was to cut the wire and splice the right end on, but the tube end slid off burned out bulb wire so I just clipped the new one and slid the wire into the tube, pinched it a bit and put it together and it works fine...I have not looked at it outside in the dark yet..but inside my garage I cannot see any great difference between the clear and the blue bulb...

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Re: H7 light bulbs

Postby dragon2000 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:32 pm

If there is one that I have here in Canada, is that that almost everything is cheaper in the US. That said, I also stay away from the dealerships as the mark-up is also very steep. I think the HD stands for Hundred and not Honda, LoL.

It doesn't hurt to shop around to find the same.




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