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Old 10-09-2007, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Halogen replacement for Wagner 4449 sealed beam

After hitting a 4x4 post laying in the middle of the freeway while driving at night behind a cage with my low beams on, I have decided to upgrade my lighting. The first thing that I did was to replace the standard headlight bulb with the H4ST and adjust the headlight so that I could see a bit farther out with the low beams. This was a big help.

However, now my light bar lights seem rather dim and I would like to replace them. When I removed the bulbs, I found that they are sealed beam and marked Wagner 4449. These are apparently a 30W PAR 36 incandescent spotlight (11x4.5 degree beam width). I have found a few PAR 36 halogen sealed beam replacements available on the web, but I think that I would prefer a direct replacement PAR 36 lens and reflector that would accept an H3 bulb. My light bar is now wired such 2 55W bulbs will be OK electrically. Any suggestions? What should the beam width of the reflector be (spotlight or flood)?

My second choice is to replace the light bulb whole housing, which opens up a lot of possibilities. This seems to be the more expensive option, and I would prefer the first option since I am cheap.

BTW, the light bar was installed when I bought the bike and I have not been able to identify exactly which one it is. I believe that it must be a low-end model since the lights can only be adjusted side to side and not up and down. It also has a non-sealed switch mounted horizontally that collects water and fails often. In case anyone else has had this problem as well, I have found a replacement source for the switch from Digi-Key (http://www.digikey.com/) for $2.65. Search for part number 480-2116-ND (Honeywell switch MRS93-12BB). Any clue about who is the supplier of this lightbar is?

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Old 10-18-2007, 01:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mike, if they didn't wire all this up on solenoid switches, the harness and start button might be overloaded already. If it's wired straight off the headlight circuit, I'd change that. Just my .02.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wired this up directly to the battery using a weathertight in-line fuse and the switch that came with the lightbar. I am not using any of the stock wiring. The disadvantage is that if I forget to switch the lights off when I stop the bike it will drain the battery. If I had known about Gonzo's kit I would have used it when I rewired the light bar.

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I wired this up directly to the battery using a weathertight in-line fuse and the switch that came with the lightbar. I am not using any of the stock wiring. The disadvantage is that if I forget to switch the lights off when I stop the bike it will drain the battery. If I had known about Gonzo's kit I would have used it when I rewired the light bar.
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That is exactly why I added a very small LED light next to the switch for my lights that I can plainly see at all times.
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An LED is a very good idea, but I think Gonzo's kit takes care of the whole issue by turning everything off with the ignition swith.
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I agree. I cannot see anything wrong with Gonzo's harness. It does look well done and I would not hesitate to refer it to anybody. I simply did what I needed to do and let it go at that. This by the way was before I found out about the Gonzo harness.
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