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Sylvania H7 bulb didn't fit!

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Low beam went out and so I did a search and found that it was an H7. Bought a Sylvania H7 off Amazon and installed, limbering hands and some swearing; only to find the two prongs are too close together to fit the female headlight plug! DOH.

Anyone else have this problem and what did you do? Or did I purchase the wrong bulb?


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2009 Versys,

Low beam went out and so I did a search and found that it was an H7. Bought a Sylvania H7 off Amazon and installed, limbering hands and some swearing; only to find the two prongs are too close together to fit the female headlight plug! DOH.

Anyone else have this problem and what did you do? Or did I purchase the wrong bulb?


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You got the right bulb,

BUT did you remember to re-fit the small plastic (kawasaki) adaptor that converts the H7 wider prong to the smaller wiring harness plug socket

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OH CRAP! I had no idea. It must've gotten thrown out with the old bulb last week. I KNEW I SHOULD'VE HELD ONTO IT UNTIL I GOT THE NEW BULB INSTALLED. What kind of engineering bull crap is this-let's use a common bulb but lets make a completely different plug for it!!!!?

And what a deal, Kawasaki only wants $65 for a new one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is there another bulb I can buy that will fit without that adapter?
Or does anyone have an extra adapter lying around?

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Either $65 or you do some clever electrical soldering. I would buy some electrical blades that will fit in the female side from radio shack or something, and get some wire, then solder the wire with attached blades directly to the bulb prongs. Leave enough wire to put the bulb in first, then insert wires to the female plug

Might have to rig something to hold the plug up as well since it looks like the adapter would normally be holding the connector nice and tight without moving around much

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In the interim so you can still ride... take the High beam adapter off and put it on the low/main beam.

This MIGHT work...
You can buy a H4/H7 wiring harness with connector cheaply enough from auto stores etc

If you un-pin the new connector and the bike connector, the female spade connectors from the bike wiring might just fit into the new connector.
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In the interim so you can still ride... take the High beam adapter off and put it on the low/main beam.

This MIGHT work...
You can buy a H4/H7 wiring harness with connector cheaply enough from auto stores etc

If you un-pin the new connector and the bike connector, the female spade connectors from the bike wiring might just fit into the new connector.


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I would be ok swapping the high beam for the time being. There is no way I would be jerry rigging and soddering a wire of that power back there.

Way to high of a fire or shorting risk for me. Plus what if you blow the light out on a dark road at night and can't solder a new one on?

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H7 to Kawasaki adapter

Due to an accident? A so called friend not me, I went with an H4 setup years ago. U still have a (baggie) full of salvaged parts from the 2x H7 setup. Bulbs, adaptors, screws, rubber covers and etc. I take $25.00 for all shipped n 48.

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That's a generous offer. I had no idea there was an adapter either.
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What's the H4 setup?

I found that the common blade connectors actually fit the prongs on the H7 bulb. At first look the prongs looked too big, but nope-they slide right on. I made some leads about 6" long and was able to shore the bulb up against the metal clip by using some foam window adhesive stickon stuff. Now you can't even tell once you get the rubber plunger on over it all.
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This is late, but those adapters are also used on some Hondas. They're not that unusual.

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