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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight Bulb.

This may be a dumb question. 1998 Shadow Aero vt1100c3. What bulb do I buy when getting a replacement?
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 12:34 PM
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It's an H4 bulb.

12v 60/55watt

Sylvania Silverstar or Xtravision is what I always use.

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I like my Silverstar Ultra. Brighter than original bulb. Dan

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is that a P43T base?
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can the wiring handle 100/80 watt? Off road only, of course?
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can the wiring handle 100/80 watt? Off road only, of course?
Short answer ...No ....... it may not fail right away , but eventually it will,unless you do an upgrade to the wires such as the relay upgrade .

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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-25-2013, 01:15 PM
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You can run one of these and not overload your wiring.
I have used this 85/80w on over a dozen bikes and not had any problems.
Read the product description for the 85/80w bulb, I have not even had one burn out either. I do change the bulb every 5 years because they do lose some of there lumens over time(all bulbs do). For $20 it puts out a lot of light.

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You could also put in HID 35 watt and have twice the light with less power draw.

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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-25-2013, 03:43 PM
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I tried a few different "premium" H4 bulbs and was not sure I could see farther although some were whiter and some cast a broader light. Consumer Reprts did a study in 2005 and found NO improvement in distance viweing between preium and standard H4 bulbs. Since then there have been some slight improvements but the bulbs have a shorter lifespan. In the end I went back to standard H4. Our headlamp shells just don't allow much improvement unless you go full HID.
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Silverstars DO shine further and brighter and have a better dispersion pattern. Been running one since i got it in '06 and only replaced it once in 25,000+ miles. Thinking of going HID since my friend has a spare 1-off set with no twin.

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