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Old 09-07-2006, 01:35 PM
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Another question- Heavy duty headlight bulbs??

I have gone through 4 headlamp bulbs in 1000 miles!
The low beam filament breaks. It does not appear to be burning out through a surge. The high beam always remains intact.
I typically ride with the highs on (squid) until I feel like wasting a case of beer's worth of money on a new bulb.
Does anyone make a heavy duty bulb out there?
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I have gone through 4 headlamp bulbs in 1000 miles!
The low beam filament breaks. It does not appear to be burning out through a surge. The high beam always remains intact.
I typically ride with the highs on (squid) until I feel like wasting a case of beer's worth of money on a new bulb.
Does anyone make a heavy duty bulb out there?

Damn thats a lot of bulbs with in 1000 miles. What kind of bulbs are you using? Factory or after market?
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Piaa makes a vibration resistant H4 - try 'em! (or h3, 2, CL900, etc..)
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ebay a seller by the name of prike there blue white and last forever, search harley light bulb he is in canada.
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are you sure you are mounting the bulb properly in the buckets bracket? if its loose it will go...but seems odd that you run on hi-beam and the low is blowing.

check the mount for the bulb and the actual headlight mount ..make sure its all tight. not sure what light you are running but on mine there are a few different things to tighten....Canadian tire sells some good bulbs that take lots of abuse!
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Damn thats a lot of bulbs with in 1000 miles. What kind of bulbs are you using? Factory or after market?
Last bulb was replaced during inspection. Not sure what brand.
Previous bulbs have been HD.
Just to clarrify, once I get a new bulb...I run the low beam. As soon as that burns out, I run the high beam until replacement.

I know they make heavy duty shop bulbs. I was just wondering if they did the same for bikes.

Thanks for the help guys!
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Do you have a dedicated ground wire from the headlight housing (inside) direct to a ground--in other words, not getting your ground through the neck bearings?
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Piaa makes a vibration resistant H4 - try 'em! (or h3, 2, CL900, etc..)

Try the piaa, See if that helps...
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Do you have a dedicated ground wire from the headlight housing (inside) direct to a ground--in other words, not getting your ground through the neck bearings?
would that cause the bulb to blow, and not look like it's "burnt"...?

still think it's the vibration killing my H4 bulbs, but if it blows again, I run a dedicated ground to the light socket
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would that cause the bulb to blow, and not look like it's "burnt"...?

still, think it's the vibration killing my H4 bulbs, but if it blows again, I run a dedicated ground to the light socket
Yes, this can cause premature bulb failure. You can run a quick ground/bonding strap from the light connector to the frame to verify. If you have the time, I highly recommend you run a proper ground from the bulb to the main harness ground.

Turning the bars can create pulsing voltage issues (yes the bulb regulates the output) but this usually creates excessive heat and burns the bulb or harness. Touch the wires with the ignition on, if it burns your hand, you have a voltage problem!

Also, verify if the bulb is too hot for the application. Some of the super bright knock-off bulbs have a variable resistance which causes premature burning out. They want them so bright that the bulb is not rated for reliability.

I just had this issue on my custom build as I accidently capped off the ground to my headlight and stuffed it in the frame because I am not running turns on the front but want the wires there just in case. Well, I figured I would just ground the headlight to the trees and use the neck bearings as the ground connection to the frame. I burned out the first bulb in 10 minutes and the second bulb the next day. Ran the ground wire as appropriate and she's shining brightly and reliable now.

Hope all of this hoopla works for you!
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