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Replacing headlamp bulbs?

Hi all, i need to replace the headlamp bulbs. Can you please explain to me how this is done? Many thanks.

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Search button. Lot's of headlight stuff to be found in here. Now get after it.

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It is easy, but you have to remove the fairings and cowling around the headlight. There are bolts on either side of the headlight housing. Remove the nuts. There are two more bolts on either side at the bottom. Remove those bolts and the housing will be loose. Disconnect all four electrical connectors ( they are color coded so it would be almost impossible to put them back on wrong). I have attached the pages from the service manual.
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It is easy, but you have to remove the fairings and cowling around the headlight. There are bolts on either side of the headlight housing. Remove the nuts. There are two more bolts on either side at the bottom. Remove those bolts and the housing will be loose. Disconnect all four electrical connectors ( they are color coded so it would be almost impossible to put them back on wrong). I have attached the pages from the service manual.
If you are your hands are limber enough and not ape mits then there are no tools required. I wear a med size glove and had no probs swapping out the bulbs once i figured out that the lights are sping clipped in!! from the seat side there is a retainer clip that is under the rubber grommet-pop the right side out and pull out the light. The wire harness plug and grommet need removed first. Should take maybe 15min to swap both. If you have ape mitts then procced to remove fairings.

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It is easy, but you have to remove the fairings and cowling around the headlight. There are bolts on either side of the headlight housing. Remove the nuts. There are two more bolts on either side at the bottom. Remove those bolts and the housing will be loose. Disconnect all four electrical connectors ( they are color coded so it would be almost impossible to put them back on wrong). I have attached the pages from the service manual.
THanks a million, thats great help. Probably putting in the brighter bulbs since I have to replace the blown bulbs. Just on a side issue, voltage regulator went on my V, water got into it and corroded the terminals. Just a heads up 'cause I am not sure if this is a general problem with the V but I got mine replaced under warranty and the mechanic said he would be looking out for this woth other V's in for a service.

Thanks again, recommend any particular type of bulb?
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THanks a million, thats great help. Probably putting in the brighter bulbs since I have to replace the blown bulbs. Just on a side issue, voltage regulator went on my V, water got into it and corroded the terminals. Just a heads up 'cause I am not sure if this is a general problem with the V but I got mine replaced under warranty and the mechanic said he would be looking out for this woth other V's in for a service.

Thanks again, recommend any particular type of bulb?
Go with the osram sylvania hyper 65 h7- Very bright, probably 10 times more light than my stockers. Not too many flashes if adjusted right either. Technicaly off road only-but I have a freind who is a state trooper and he says go for the saftey of lighting.

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I agree with both! The OSRAM bulbs are awesome, I added one for the low beam about a month ago and it makes a big difference over the Sylvania Halogen bulbs and a huge difference over the stock bulbs.

As far as replacement I wear an XL glove so I just couldn't get enough of my hands in there to avoid removing everything.
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There may be many threads on bulb replacement but this one comes up first as the most visited even though it is quite old. So I will leave my comment here despite bringing back an old thread. I changed out both my bulbs today and went with the OSRAM 65W as I read about here and elsewhere. I wear a large size glove but had no particular difficulty replacing both bulbs without removing anything. Whole job with both bulbs maybe 10 minutes. The key is orienting the new bulb with the notch pointed vertically. I had to figure that out but once you do that everything just snaps back in easy peasy.

Don't know how much brighter I will notice these bulbs to be, but figured what the heck. I live in one of the darkest places in the US, between latitude and clouds. Need all the light I can get.

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There may be many threads on bulb replacement but this one comes up first as the most visited even though it is quite old. So I will leave my comment here despite bringing back an old thread. I changed out both my bulbs today and went with the OSRAM 65W as I read about here and elsewhere. I wear a large size glove but had no particular difficulty replacing both bulbs without removing anything. Whole job with both bulbs maybe 10 minutes. The key is orienting the new bulb with the notch pointed vertically. I had to figure that out but once you do that everything just snaps back in easy peasy.

Don't know how much brighter I will notice these bulbs to be, but figured what the heck. I live in one of the darkest places in the US, between latitude and clouds. Need all the light I can get.


Been running the Osrams for a few years now. Really like them but when i need more light these do the trick....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lkD...prLweRxxF1lSYb

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There may be many threads on bulb replacement but this one comes up first as the most visited even though it is quite old. So I will leave my comment here despite bringing back an old thread. I changed out both my bulbs today and went with the OSRAM 65W as I read about here and elsewhere. I wear a large size glove but had no particular difficulty replacing both bulbs without removing anything. Whole job with both bulbs maybe 10 minutes. The key is orienting the new bulb with the notch pointed vertically. I had to figure that out but once you do that everything just snaps back in easy peasy.

Don't know how much brighter I will notice these bulbs to be, but figured what the heck. I live in one of the darkest places in the US, between latitude and clouds. Need all the light I can get.
Same goes for me, the first time i had to change my own bulbs it took me close to an hour including removing the panels and whatnots.

the second time, i just slot my hand in between openings without taking off the panels.

personally i do not find 65w osram to be marvelous improvement though. perhaps slightly better than the stocker, but nothing much to shout about.

if you do want more lights, do consider adding in auxiliary lights like what weljo suggested. whether to go halogen or LED, well that's another topic to discuss altogether but trust me, if you want more lights, ADDING auxiliary lights are whole lot better than just swapping bulbs.

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I've had nothing but problems with the Osrams. Every set I put in has the filament break within 30 days. Low or High Beam.. it didn't matter.


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The V has better lights than any other bike I have ridden, doesn't need extra. Then again I don't ride much in the dark. Just to clarify mine is a Mk 2 (2010 - )

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The V has better lights than any other bike I have ridden, doesn't need extra. Then again I don't ride much in the dark
I found the headlight to be excellent as well compared to most other bikes I've ridden. It's focused and throws light right where you need it.
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If you are your hands are limber enough and not ape mits then there are no tools required. I wear a med size glove and had no probs swapping out the bulbs once i figured out that the lights are sping clipped in!!
I wear XL gloves and replaced my low beam bulb without removing any plastics.
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Most of the higher output H7 bulbs have shorter life expectancy. I think our headlight is pretty good, and problems with lighting are more the typical motorcycle one that when you're leaned in a corner the headlight is angled wrong and the cutoff keeps it from lighting where you're going. Aux lights can help a bit with that. They also help when you're riding at night and your low beam is out.
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Most of the higher output H7 bulbs have shorter life expectancy. I think our headlight is pretty good, and problems with lighting are more the typical motorcycle one that when you're leaned in a corner the headlight is angled wrong and the cutoff keeps it from lighting where you're going. Aux lights can help a bit with that. They also help when you're riding at night and your low beam is out.

My problem is my high beam points at the stars and provides no light on the road no matter how much I turn the adjustment bolts... they don't do anything. My low beam is also pointed too low to be of much use at spends over 30mph.

Haven't found a solution yet.


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On my '08 and '09 Vs I had to adjust the beams quite a bit higher than the way they came from the factory. Did it in my garage, then went out and tried them. Had to do that several times before I was happy, but now my low beams do a very nice job, and it APPEARS that the highs don't, but on the odd times that I'm out in the dark and go to high beam I can see a lot more of the reflective things for quite a long way, over what the lows give me. The low beam "cut-off" seems to be just below the rear windows of SUVs now.


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I don't have any particular complaints about my beam focus, and I ride in the pitch black all the freaking time. Auxiliary lights are attractive to me, but knowing my need for endless research, I am holding off on that path as I am too busy in life right now.

I notice the OSRAM are a touch brighter, but it is not game changing.

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Take a look at Piaa bulbs. I have been using their products for 25 years. I have use them in my ATV, cars and about 10 different motorcycles. I have never had a bulb fail. BTW..... NEVER touch the bulb with your fingers and use electronic grease when installing.
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Does anyone know what the bulbs for low and high beam model or part numbers? I want to order up some bulbs but don't know if they are (example) H2, H7, H2002 etc.

It's a 2013 Versys 650

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