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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-03-2019, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone suggest an led headlight bulb that's just plug and play without having to adjust the backing plate? My low beam is out I'm currently only using my high beam. I saw numerous choices on eBay and Amazon however, I want to make sure that I don't have to make any additional adjustments once I remove the old bulb. I have a 2006 1800 C. Any help would be appreciated thanks in advance!
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I saw this post. It may help.


https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/6-vtx-1...?action=thread


I've heard good things about the Silverstars as an OEM replacement vs stock..

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I dont know anything about a LED but ....The OEM lasted 2 years...since then Ive been running the same Sylvania 9003 silver star with a modulator.(which is supposed to be hard on them) for 11 years ,zero issues....and definitely brighter than stock....good luck

PS..its my understanding the newer bulbs are even better...I may upgrade their reasonably priced
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I used Sylvania Silverstar bulbs in my previous bike. To me, it seemed like the Silverstar lit up the road at minimum, twice as good as the stock bulb. On high beam I thought it could have passed for a freight train head light because it reached waaaaay out there. I have not tried one in the VTX yet. It's not LED though.
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Simple LED H4 lamps just don't throw light. Yes, it looks brighter, but it doesn't PROJECT the light forwards and down. LED needs to have a lens to gather and focus the light beam for it to be useful. The OEM headlight reflector just doesn't focus enough to make LED lamps work. I've tried them in both my headlight and driving lights and they sucked.
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I'm a huge fan of LED lights but I agree with Chicago-Spike. I haven't played around with a bunch of them but they look different especially in the rain. Most of my testing has been in my cars but the same ideas apply. Many of the vendors claim they have the solution and that it emits light the same but I haven't found one yet.

For my VTX, I ended up going with the VTXDaymaker with a custom "Daymaker" because I liked the halo. I haven't ridden at night yet but it looks much better in the garage.

The installation wasn't hard but you do need a few tools for the adjustable version. (Drill bit and file.)
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If you are just changing the bulb, I would concur and say stay with a halogen bulb that matches the headlight bucket. If you are up for a change, then VTXDAYMAKER and a LED headlight will impress you.



Between that and the led light bar, I have by far the best lighting I have ever had on the front of my bike.


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I ended up getting this at Walmart for $25. Any thoughts? This is going to be my first headlamp installation so I'll check back once I get time this week to install it.
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I ended up getting this at Walmart for $25. Any thoughts? This is going to be my first headlamp installation so I'll check back once I get time this week to install it.
Eazy Peazy install......Just remember not to handle bulb with bare hands....good luck
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Prkuehn, looks like in your picture of the headlight, the LED headlight is smaller than the housing. Is that the case or am I just looking at it wrong. I know that is probably not the case cause the LED headlight would be bouncing all over the place. Could you please tell us where you bought the LED headlight and any part numbers. Does the LED headlight really light up the road and what if any problems you had when you changed to LED? Thanks
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