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04 shadow sabre headlight change??

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So, my bulb on my shadow doesn't shine the best. Where I live there is deer EVERYWHWRE and ide like to use something a little brighter. My question is, what size bulb to use and what brand if anyone knows a good one. Plus, is it the 2 screws to adjust that I remove to change the bulb? Sorry, just wanna make sure I'm doing this right 鉁咃笍 I appreciate any insight on the matter. Keep the rubber side down my friends 馃槑
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Aim the thing 1st... then a Sylvania SilverStar bulb will be fine. My 1100 came with the high beam pointing at the ground less than a hundred ft out.

Find a deserted long, flat straight road, take a helper or get on/off the bike a bunch. With you on the bike ready to ride, aim the high beam bright spot as far down the road as possible without lifting the bright spot off the road, centered in your lane of course...
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There are some good bulbs made by Sylvania. Siverstar, etc.
Or some good LED bulbs that have a good beam not just a white flood light.
Most are an H4 or 9003 bulb but you should look at the number on yours to be sure.

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Aim the thing 1st... then a Sylvania SilverStar bulb will be fine. My 1100 came with the high beam pointing at the ground less than a hundred ft out.

Find a deserted long, flat straight road, take a helper or get on/off the bike a bunch. With you on the bike ready to ride, aim the high beam bright spot as far down the road as possible without lifting the bright spot off the road, centered in your lane of course...
I should have stated I adjusted the light already. The bright shines the best it's gonna get, just not the best light from an old halogen bulb. I know it's gotta be an easy job to change it, I just like to know the steps before I mess with things. Haha
There are some good bulbs made by Sylvania. Siverstar, etc.
Or some good LED bulbs that have a good beam not just a white flood light.
Most are an H4 or 9003 bulb but you should look at the number on yours to be sure.
I was thinking about getting the silverstar h4 at Walmart but wasn't sure the wattage was fine or not. There is a few led bulbs on ebay for 20 bucks that have good reviews but I'm not sure about those.
Might verify your charging system is up to spec and all connections are good, a weak charging system or poor connections can cost you 20% or more of the potential brightness. Guy on the Versys forum recently got a light meter, rewired his with relays and heavier gauge wire, got a 36% boost in lumen output. used the oem high and low beam wires to control the relays, ran heavier wire from the battery through fuses and the relays to the lights. I'd expect it to somewhat shorten bulb life. My experience with the 80w/100w bulbs was dismal, they drew more current than the oem wire could handle and were dimmer than the oem bulb. Probably be ok with heavier gauge wire using relays.

And the maybe not obvious 1st thing to do would be to clean the switch contacts in the start button. see the tech sticky posts, another reason to add relays. Honda ran the headlight through the start button which opens the headlight circuit while cranking to give the starter a bit extra power. A dirty contact there can cause dim lights, as could the dimmer switch contacts,,, Not to mention I think Honda should have used at least 2 wire gauges heavier wire for the headlight.

And I'm tired and babbling again,,,
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Might verify your charging system is up to spec and all connections are good, a weak charging system or poor connections can cost you 20% or more of the potential brightness. Guy on the Versys forum recently got a light meter, rewired his with relays and heavier gauge wire, got a 36% boost in lumen output. used the oem high and low beam wires to control the relays, ran heavier wire from the battery through fuses and the relays to the lights. I'd expect it to somewhat shorten bulb life. My experience with the 80w/100w bulbs was dismal, they drew more current than the oem wire could handle and were dimmer than the oem bulb. Probably be ok with heavier gauge wire using relays.

And the maybe not obvious 1st thing to do would be to clean the switch contacts in the start button. see the tech sticky posts, another reason to add relays. Honda ran the headlight through the start button which opens the headlight circuit while cranking to give the starter a bit extra power. A dirty contact there can cause dim lights, as could the dimmer switch contacts,,, Not to mention I think Honda should have used at least 2 wire gauges heavier wire for the headlight.

And I'm tired and babbling again,,,
Haha your just a man with a lot of wisdom I'm feeling 馃檹 ill make sure to check into these things. I did order a 25w led bulb to draw less current and supposedly be much brighter. There is numerous reviews of people with the shadow using this bulb that have had good results so, I'll give it a try. Just don't wanna smuck a deer on my way home from work. That wouldn't be too good of a time 馃槙
I put LED "plug and play" headlight bulbs in both the Spirit and the Valkyrie awhile back. I measured the difference on the Valkyrie headlight between the halogen bulb and the LED with an incident light meter.

Here's an excerpt from my test...
The Headlight was on high beam for both bulbs and the incident light meter was set 10ft from of the front of the headlight in the middle of the beam. The bike was up on my lift and the front wheel was held steady by a wheel chock.

Halogen Headlight Bulb: 156 foot candles, with a color temp of 2800藲K (about the same as a standard incandescent household bulb)
LED Headlight Bulb: 356 foot candles, with a color temp of 7000藲K (about the same as an overcast day outside)

Simple math yields that the LED is more that 2.28 stops brighter than the halogen bulb. Since one stop of light increase means double the amount of light, the LED is more than 4.5 times brighter than the standard halogen headlight bulb. Not bad for a $30 investment!


That was August 2021. The LED bulbs are still working fine.
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I put an LED "plug and play" headlight bulbs in both the Spirit and the Valkyrie awhile back. I measured the difference on the Valkyrie headlight between the halogen bulb and the LED with an incident light meter.

Here's an excerpt from my test...
The Headlight was on high beam for both bulbs and the incident light meter was set 10ft from of the front of the headlight in the middle of the beam. The bike was up on my lift and the front wheel was held steady by a wheel chock.

Halogen Headlight Bulb: 156 foot candles, with a color temp of 2800藲K (about the same as a standard incandescent household bulb)
LED Headlight Bulb: 356 foot candles, with a color temp of 7000藲K (about the same as an overcast day outside)

Simple math yields that the LED is more that 2.28 stops brighter than the halogen bulb. Since one stop of light increase means double the amount of light, the LED is more than 4.5 times brighter than the standard halogen headlight bulb. Not bad for a $30 investment!


That was August 2021. The LED bulbs are still working fine.
Yeah, that makes me feel better about ordering the led haha apparently the one I ordered is a good one so I'm excited to try it out 馃憤 appreciate you brotha
Add some driving lights down low so you have a triangle pattern and that helps you to be seen by car drivers better. Also that would light up the road ahead to see the deer.
I have some like these and they are cheap and have lasted 5 years. Strong white beam.

These here are pretty cool because if you have a dual action switch you can change them to amber or white.

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