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Old 02-15-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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Headlights: What's bright enough?

I'm fightering out my bike, and am about to make a massive order of parts. The one thing I've gotten kind of stuck on is the headlights. Someone in a previous thread linked me to a site with a set of headlights that I like the look of, but they are H4 60/55W bulbs.

Here's the link, if anyone cares:
http://www.aztec8.com/catalog/i37.html

Now, I like the black because it matches the color scheme I'm going for, and I like the shape of the assembly and the fact that I can get STD/LED turn signals which mount on the sides.

All of this stuff is good... except I'm not sure if I can swap out the bulbs for something brighter, or if this is more of a "sealed beam" type assembly like on certain cars. If not, can I just get better bulbs or even throw in an HID kit like I found on the following site:
http://www.motorcyclehidlights.com/k...ights-c-76_198

What's bright enough for ya'll at night? I don't think I'd be comfortable on curvy one lane roads late at night, and sometime I will be up in Michigan on my bike during deer season, and be scared to all to go over 35mph.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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If they are supposed to be H4 then you can replace the bulbs with HIDs. Are they plastic? HIDs get hotter than regular bulbs and can melt some cheap headlights
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Old 02-15-2009, 11:40 PM   #3
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If they are supposed to be H4 then you can replace the bulbs with HIDs. Are they plastic? HIDs get hotter than regular bulbs and can melt some cheap headlights
Well that's good to know. I don't think they are "crappy" but hey, what do I know?

I'm still wondering what people think is "too dim" or "bright enough" to get an idea of what I should put in them.

Don't they make the equivalent of ultrabrights or silverstars that you can put in a motorcycle headlight? I have Sylvania ultrabrights on my truck and they are WAY brighter than my old bulbs.
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I have a pair of BRAND NEW 4200K Hi beam/Lo beam Silverstars (H4) that I used one time that I'll sell ya. I converted to 8000K HID's. PM me if you're interested.

Here is the breakdown (I'm sure there are more that I missed).............

Stock- around 2300K
Silverstars- ~4000K
Zenon- 8000K
HID- up to 14000K
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:15 PM   #5
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Owning several single headlight street fighters myself, I've done a lot of research / tried a lot of things including HID's.

IMO, the best set up, cost and light output wise, has been the PIAA bulbs.

If you like swing by the shop and I can show you the lights on a couple of my bikes.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:23 PM   #6
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Owning several single headlight street fighters myself, I've done a lot of research / tried a lot of things including HID's.

IMO, the best set up, cost and light output wise, has been the PIAA bulbs.

If you like swing by the shop and I can show you the lights on a couple of my bikes.
I was actually going to bring my bike in tomorrow morning. I need a shitload of work done on it, and some of the cosmetic stuff is the least of my worries right now. It would definitely be nice to see those lights on your bike though.


Can you do a full inspection and oil change on my bike even if it won't start?

Well, it might start... I guess we'll find out once it's got a new battery/gas in it and new plugs etc...etc...
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I've used the PIAAs before, wasn't impressed and sometimes they can melt the plug on the back of the bulb. HIDs are the best way to go and getting less expensive. Less power and more light
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I've NEVER seen a PIAA melt a plug in over 15 years of using / selling them.
I've seen a bunch of the high wattage Xenon no name bulbs melt them, but never a PIAA.
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I've NEVER seen a PIAA melt a plug in over 15 years of using / selling them.
I've seen a bunch of the high wattage Xenon no name bulbs melt them, but never a PIAA.
Ah I forgot to check out those lights today when I stopped in. Oh well ya'll looked busy as anyways...
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those 4" aztec 8 lights w/ stock bulbs suck at night unless you've got the brights on. i'd definitely upgrade, i'm trying to decide where to go with these myself. don't know what part of houston you're in but you're welcome to check out the dual 4" lights on my bike.
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