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OK, I pulled the light and cleaned the inside, huge difference. I do however want to put in a newer, brighter bulb. Any suggestions which would be the best for the bike? It still has the original charging system and I don't want to overload it.



Also, when I pulled it apart I found a wire with a female connection that was not connected to anything. I am assuming this is a connection if I want to put in a set of driving lights, is it? I am planning on putting driving lights in, but I don't see the need in haing them on all day long.



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The headlight bucket on my 83 has lost it's 'silver' so I recently replaced it with a Silverstar. Haven't taken it out at night yet, but just looking at the wall in my garage I can tell you it's considerably 'whiter', and that's with a 100w bulb in the old light.
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I decided not to touch the silver on the back of bucket, I just cleaned the glass itself, Major difference. I'm just not sure what size bulb, or what stock number to go to in these new bulbs.

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i went with the H4 100/65 blub. when i done my restore , about 2 years ago. no problems.

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I'm using a Sylvania Silverstar 9003/HB2 ST which bolts right in. They also make a brighter light called Silverstar Ultra but I'm not able to find one in a single pack locally so I've never tried it. I've never been satisfied with any light's output on lowbeam on my hometown country roads. When time any money become available I'll put on a set of 35W driving lights. Whatever light you buy should be rated for motorcycle use.

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Also, when I pulled it apart I found a wire with a female connection that was not connected to anything. I am assuming this is a connection if I want to put in a set of driving lights, is it? I am planning on putting driving lights in, but I don't see the need in haing them on all day long.
What is the color of the single wire?
The GL 1100 wiring harness is not set up to handle driving lights load/amps. Driving lights should be wired directly to the battery using a fuse, a relay and an on/off switch. The relay is controlled by the accessory connection on the fuse panel.
The headlight bulb that I used is , Silverstar H4 ST For Motorcycle Use Only

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I believe the extra wire with the female connector is for a parking lamp. In Europe they use a second lower wattage bulb in the headlamp assembly that lights up when you turn the key to 'P'. It's intended for when the bike is parked at the side of the road at night.



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The headlight bucket on my 83 has lost it's 'silver' so I recently replaced it with a Silverstar. Haven't taken it out at night yet, but just looking at the wall in my garage I can tell you it's considerably 'whiter', and that's with a 100w bulb in the old light.
Chris, did you replace just the bulb or did you replace the lens and bucket as well? If you replaced the lens and bucket, what did you use and where did you get it?

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An H6024 headlight for older cars replaces the original perfectly and is a big improvement.

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An H6024 headlight for older cars replaces the original perfectly and is a big improvement.
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