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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-21-2018, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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1985 Honda VT750C Headlight

Okay. So here is my first question for everyone. I need to get a replacement headlight (read: spare) for my bike. Neither the owner manual or the shop manual give a part number for the headlight, nor does it give any other identifying information. The shop manual calls for a headlight that is a 60W/55W (high/low beam). The current lamp in it is a Stanley, but there are no identifying markings on it. So, this leads to two questions:

1) Anyone have an idea as to a standard, comparable, OEM-similar replacement?

2) Any suggestions (other than LED conversion) as to a brighter bulb without overloading the electrical system and/or having to do wiring work to accept a higher wattage?

Thanks, all, and safe riding!


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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-21-2018, 07:09 AM
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Get an Opt7 led bulb. Uses less power and is much brighter.


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Standard H4 Halogen bulb, but a brighter Opt7 is a good choice.


https://www.amazon.com/HELLA-HLA-H83...headlight+bulb




https://www.amazon.com/OPT7-Fluxbeam.../dp/B00VNBDWPK

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-22-2018, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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@swifty2014 , @smurfy71 : The OEM is not a bulb like that (not like the H4). I have a sealed-beam bulb, not a halogen with a "cover" on the headlight assembly.

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Very Interesting !

Mine is a separate bulb and I thought that was the way all in those years were.

There are many on ebay but I can't tell if any have removable bulbs so you could put in a Opt7.
Maybe contact the seller to see if they are that way if you want to upgrade.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/1985-84-85-....c100005.m1851


https://www.ebay.com/itm/1985-honda-...1blye1&vxp=mtr
https://www.ebay.com/itm/83-86-HONDA...BbdGdz&vxp=mtr

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Still curious about that light.
The 1983-85 manual doesn't have a picture I could find but the 1986-87 manual shows this bulb replacement.
That is what my 1983 looks like.

VERY WEIRD.
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Very Interesting !

Mine is a separate bulb and I thought that was the way all in those years were.

There are many on ebay but I can't tell if any have removable bulbs so you could put in a Opt7.
Maybe contact the seller to see if they are that way if you want to upgrade.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/1985-84-85-....c100005.m1851


https://www.ebay.com/itm/1985-honda-...1blye1&vxp=mtr
https://www.ebay.com/itm/83-86-HONDA...BbdGdz&vxp=mtr
I have this sneaking suspicion its something a "previous original owner" might have done... don't know. I have other parts that I got with the bike (almost another complete bike when I bought it) - I will take a look at its headlight assembly.

Isn't that going to require wiring work then (if I go LED)?

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It may be an auto headlight sealed beam possibly, but even then the wiring is pretty standard pin connections. The LEDs should have the standard connector also.

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It may be an auto headlight sealed beam possibly, but even then the wiring is pretty standard pin connections. The LEDs should have the standard connector also.
The wiring work I was referring to was not with the connector, but with most of these LED lights anymore, resistors have to be installed so the warning lights (headlight out, etc.) work properly.

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The LED running and turn lights may need resistors but the headlight I believe is just plug and play. It has it's own power supply ballast.


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