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Changing head lamp Bulbs !!!

Hi All Newbie Here
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I have Just bought a new Versys in Blue 2008 model and I love it, but whilst driving to work in the dark the other day i was not that impressed with the headlights so I have ordered a pair of H7 Philips X-treme Power +80% Xenon Bulbs.

Im new to bikes and have checked the handbook but it doesnt say how to change these bulbs,

is it easy??????, Can some give me a quick quick tutorial

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Have you adjusted the light? My V's headlight was pointing at the ground when I bought it and it didn't shine more than 20ft ahead. The adjustments are done with a philips screwdriver up behind the headlight. I think the left side is for side to side and the right is up & down. Not that brighter bulbs are not a good thing but this adjustment might help you out until you install the new bulbs.

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Ah Cheers I didnt think of that, I will check them tomorrow, so see how they shine.

new Philips H7's should be here in the morning so I will go ahead and fit them,,,,

When I find out how
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Beam Adjstment

Kind of hard to explain, but I'll try. Up behind/on the back of the headlight you will see a round dial type of chingadero about 2" in diameter, with "teeth" cut into the sides of it. From the bottom there is a couple of guides or funnel type of plastiic rails that you insert the screwdriver into to fit it into the teeth in the dial, then turn the screwdriver for adjusment. Really easy, takes 5 minutes. Made the difference for me.

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Thank you very much for that, im sure I can figure it out from your description.

Do you know how to change the lamps?????
Any advice would be great

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I've changed bulbs, and it's really simple.
Behind the head light find where the wire is going into the light, that's the socket.
Basicallt the socket rubber/plastic and twists out (I don't remember which direction though...), once twisted it pulls right out, you swap the bulb out of the socket, stick the socket back into the headlight, and twsit it back into place. Fairly easy. Took about 10 minutes in the dark to do so my first time.


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As far as headlight adjustament goes... how far out should the low beam be? 20 ft? 30 ft?


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I adjusted mine to just below level out front, to keep the low beam just below the side rearview mirrors of cars 3 to 4 car lenghts in front of me. Then your highbeam really reaches out there. It takes a little playing with. If people traveling the opposite direction start flashing their lights at you with only your low beams on, you may want to adjust it down a bit.

Place your bike facing a wall about 10ft in of you with your bike running and while sitting on the bike adjust the beam (actually adjust the beam and then get on the bike) to just under level in front of you. You can use a piece of tape on the wall to track your adjustments if needed.

I do plan on replacing my bulbs with Silver Stars which I gather from posts here are some good replacments.

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I've changed bulbs, and it's really simple.
Behind the head light find where the wire is going into the light, that's the socket.
Basicallt the socket rubber/plastic and twists out (I don't remember which direction though...), once twisted it pulls right out, you swap the bulb out of the socket, stick the socket back into the headlight, and twsit it back into place. Fairly easy. Took about 10 minutes in the dark to do so my first time.
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Osram's Hyper H7 clear 65 watt bulb (bigger H9 burner on H7 base) from their high-wattage rally and professional offroad bulb line offers 2100 lumens (brightness) and a 500 hour life, compared to:
1780 lumens, 340 hours for the Osram Night Breaker with slight blue tint.
1750 lumens, 350 hours for the Osram Silverstar (not Sylvania) also with slight blue tint.
1620 lumens, 200 hours for Philips X-treme Power H7... = [
(Standard H7: 55w, 1500 lumens, 500 hours)

I got a pair of the awesome Osram Hyper H7 for $21 each plus $8 shipping to Canada from http://www.suvlights.com/advanced_se...7b8cf5eb003ebc and they're great!


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On the H7's, was it two of the same bulbs for high and low beams?

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On the H7's, was it two of the same bulbs for high and low beams?

Thanks, pmac

Yep same bulb.

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Are there any problems with heat from the extra bright bulbs? I'm probably overthinking it, but I wouldn't want to melt the headlight enclosure or socket.

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Are there any problems with heat from the extra bright bulbs? I'm probably overthinking it, but I wouldn't want to melt the headlight enclosure or socket.

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No problems with mine whatsoever. There probably is more heat-but not enought to cause a problem

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Im confussed I orederd a set of

PHILIPS X-TREME POWER H7 XENON BULBS for my kawasaki Versys 2008------ Philips type number 12972

as this link told me 12972 were the ones i needed

http://www.lighting.philips.com/in_e...ghting&lang=en

I went to fit them yesterday and they dont fit

The original H7 have wider pins than these philips H7 so the plug wont fit

Anyone know why?????????
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Well,
nything has to be better than the crappy Sylvania Silverstar Ultras I bought recently. $45+ for a pair and the first one blew after a month and a half of buying. The second blew in the high beam about 2 months later. I ride 5 days a week to work 45 minutes each way. That's poor quality! So, e-mailed their customer service and they said to send them both bulbs. So, I did and they sent me a brand new 2 pack......Great customer service, but let's see how long they last! They've made it through the week, so far.....

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I've been running the Silver Star Ultras for two months with no issues. Our roads are in pretty good shape, wonder if that could be part of the issue with yours?

Four bikes bought in four years needed the headlight adjusted. Dealer prep is apparently just a fee. The owners manual usually has a diagram of the setting.

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One thing not mentioned in the thread so far-probably because you all know it-but never touch the bulb with your hands, use a cloth or soft gloves.

Any grease from your fingers will shorten the life of your bulb dramatically and can even blow it first time you fire it up.

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Im confussed I orederd a set of

PHILIPS X-TREME POWER H7 XENON BULBS for my kawasaki Versys 2008------ Philips type number 12972

as this link told me 12972 were the ones i needed

http://www.lighting.philips.com/in_e...ghting&lang=en

I went to fit them yesterday and they dont fit

The original H7 have wider pins than these philips H7 so the plug wont fit

Anyone know why?????????
You got the right bulbs (H7). You just have to remove the connector base from your original bulbs, and put them on your new bulbs...
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You got the right bulbs (H7). You just have to remove the connector base from your original bulbs, and put them on your new bulbs...
I am so stupid , I hope nobody gets as stupid as me, Cheers for that

There is indeed a big plastic reducer block which you have to swap over onto
the new Lamps

Stupid stupid stupid i am :0

i should be banned for my stupid question
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