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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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GL 1500 headlight upgrade

I just bought a 99 GL 1500 Se, I want to upgrade the headlight bulbs like I did to my 92. I bought the 55/60 H4's and lo and behold the bulbs in the bike are different!! The OEM bulbs are 45/45 and have the ears at a different angle. Also the 2 bottom ears are narrower than the H4's are. I purchased a set of the shims and they are the same angle between ears or tabs and the H4's. Now what do I do to get the brighter bulbs. I don't like to 'over drive' my lights, so if I have to leave the 45/45's in I am limited to about 40 mph. I do have a Dremel and all the cutting wheels and tools so a modification would possibly be in store but I am hesitant to do that. I would have to put new 'notches' in the headlight housing to fit the H4 bulbs.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 10:38 PM
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Did you remove the two small prongs on the H4 bulbs? Then slide the shims down to the base of the bulb. The configuration of the prongs on the shims fit the headlight wiring socket.

Don't make a simple task difficult...!

I am using shims on my '99 Wing SE with H4 bulbs...........!!
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silverstar ultra is a good light
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I wish I could post pictures, because you guys are not quite understanding what I am trying to say. The H4 bulb has 3 tabs that are equally spaced around the perimeter of the bulb. The Honda bulbs have the bottom 2 tabs closer together, not symmetrical at all. Now what do I do if I want to put in the H4 bulbs? The tabs on the bulbs do not match the slots in the headlight housing. That is what the problem is. The shims have the tabs the same as the H4 bulbs, not the same as the headlight housing slots. Puzzled about this. May have to break out the Dremel with cutting wheels and make new slots in the housing. I do NOT look forward to that.
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I installed a HID (high intensity discharge) headlight system on my former GL1500. Best upgrade ever!
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I get what you're saying and those Cyclemax shims have the equal spacing that you refer to. Is that correct?

Why can't you post pictures?

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I don't really know how to post pictures. But, on a lighter note, The shims don't come with instructions, nor could I find any until DBoher asked about the 2 tabs, so I just now went out, took the headlight out and looked closely again. TA DA!!! Clear as our muddy Red River of the North!!! Well, sort of, I broke off the 2 tabs, slid the shims on, with the help of a pliers, and now I should have LIGHT!! Road test tonight!! Maybe a midnight (?) ride? I remember doing this on my 92, and it made all the difference in the world. Sort of like using a D battery flashlight and then upgrading to Surefire light!! Sorry for the rant earlier! Thanks, it is so good to have these forums for help now and then. Even us old guys use it and appreciate it. Only 73 and still on 2 wheels!!!
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Went for a short ride just a few minutes ago. About 15 miles or so. WOW!!! LIGHTS< ACTION . . .GO!!! Now I can see! Almost as good as the GL1800. Of course the 1800 has 2 60 watt H7's on low beam and 4, yes, 4 on high beam! Looks like a Boeing 747 coming in to land.
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silverstar ultra is a good light
Same here. Much better than the stock Honda bulbs for about 1/2 the price.

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