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I have had one go out. Replaced both just in case the other decided to go out. Think I got about three years out that one. The current ones have been in about a year and a half now. Brand is Sylvania Silverstars. Road out to a friend of mine's place last summer and got there in the dark. He lives out in the country and when I turned into the drive commented on how bright they were.
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The potential shorter life is why I use regular Silverstars, or similar. Xtravisions are very good also and only run $19 a pair at Wally-World.

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Mine is a '94 SE, I've been reading many posts here about upgrading the headlight. For now, I've decided to go with halogen, but I'm confused as to exactly what I need to do to replace both high and low beam. Are there actually TWO H4 bulbs, one for high and one for low beam, and if so, are they the same wattage? I've looked at all of the posts on the forum that I could find regarding the upgrade but never saw a real clear cut answer. Your help is appreciated.

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if you do lots of night riding the brighter ones are good and more expensive too...but the cheapies work for me...and some last a long time

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Mine is a '94 SE, I've been reading many posts here about upgrading the headlight. For now, I've decided to go with halogen, but I'm confused as to exactly what I need to do to replace both high and low beam. Are there actually TWO H4 bulbs, one for high and one for low beam, and if so, are they the same wattage? I've looked at all of the posts on the forum that I could find regarding the upgrade but never saw a real clear cut answer. Your help is appreciated.
H4 bulbs have a high and a low filament in the one bulb, only the 1800 with H7 bulbs are single filament thus a separate bulb for high and low beam. the 1500 has two headlight bulbs and so you have two H4's in there of some make or another.

I was running those Silverstars and was very pleased with the extra visibility on the 1500, a remarkable transformation, but I have found over the years that they last less time than a stock bulb. that said, we can buy them for about £8.95 for a pair in the UK, so providing you don't mind the agro of changing them, the extra light is a real benefit.
The 1800 lights are so good, I have now gone back to using stock bulbs. Easy to change the low beam, not so easy to do the high beam.

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Thanks for the reply, that's part of the answer I was looking for. I now at least know to buy two. Would you advise to upgrade the wattage with the standard charging system or not? I believe the OEM bulbs are 45w. Again, thanks.

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I upgraded to a higher wattage but I have a Compufire alternator so the extra wattage is no problem. I get mine at Walmart. While pastoring in MI I was at the state GWRRA Rally and bought the converters for the light sockets on my 98 Aspy. That was in 2001 I believe and I just had one go out several months ago. I bought the replacements at Walmart and they are doing fine. Ten plus years and I did a lot of night ridding in MI living in Alpena on the East cost of Lake Huron made for some beautiful rides. ChrisChrme carries the adapters I refered to. Here is the page with them on it.



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For anyone wanting to or needing to replace headlight bulbs in a 1500, I just did it. I'm moderately mechanically inclined, and with Steve's pictures/instructions, it was super simple. It took me a couple of hours only because I spent about an hour and a half cleaning the headlight assembly as well as the area on the bike where it was mounted. I would venture a guess that with NO mechanical ability it could be done easily in an hour. Kudos again to Steve and his instructions/pictures. What a guy!!!!!!

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