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Offline Billy Bob

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headlight out
« on: September 28, 2019, 02:58:46 am »
850 miles from home
rolling 6am
went out to move bike, headlight suddenly out !!!!
can i put in a NAPA bulb on the fly??
 

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Re: headlight out
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2019, 04:37:07 am »
 I had something very similar happen 2 months ago. The headlight socket had partly melted, apparently one of the three headlight connectors got a drop of rainwater, got crusty, melted the socket, and blew out the low beam. Write out the complete markings on the old headlight bulb and same for the new bulb and you can decode the number of years the old bulb was in use My 2000 Connie took a 55/60 watt bulb and the parts man needed the old bulb for the bulb ID number.

I wound up removing the windshield and loosening the upper fairing because I had to splice three wires to replace the headlight socket. The Connie headlight is a lot like early 1990 vintage  auto practice. The backside of the Connie headlight housing has a 2 inch flat. Looking in from the upper left, see a wire retaining spring. Push it and lift it with a long nose pliers to release the bulb assembly.  The bulb, socket and plastic carrier are released. I never clearly saw how the spring worked because there are fairing stuts and fork tubes in there.

From other posts, apparently water getting on the headlight electrical parts causes bulb failure.

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Re: headlight out
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2019, 06:39:09 am »
It's a standard H4 bulb, NAPA or any auto parts store should have it.
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Re: headlight out
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2019, 10:08:52 am »
Not hard to change . Buy 2 and keep one in your bag for a spare .
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Re: headlight out
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2019, 11:10:31 am »


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Re: headlight out
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2019, 02:20:34 pm »
850 miles from home
rolling 6am
went out to move bike, headlight suddenly out !!!!
can i put in a NAPA bulb on the fly??
 

Yes, turn the handlebars full left, and you should have enough room
to get in there.

There should be a rubber boot covering the headlight.  Unplug the headlight
remove the rubber boot, remove the retaining clip, remove the bulb.

Pretty sure the bulb will pop more often if you’re missing that boot.
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Re: headlight out
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2019, 02:45:46 pm »
You're actually disengaging the spring clip and swinging out of the way. DO NOT TOUCH THE NEW BULB'S GLASS GLOBE WITH YOUR FINGERS.

Place it in the pocket holding it by the base/contacts - the wider tab on the bulb faces up. Swing the spring back to the right and engage it with the notch in the holder. Replace the boot and snap it in place around the periphery of the bulb pocket. The tab on it faces down. Plug the socket back in to the bulb and you should be good to go.

 
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Re: headlight out
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2019, 05:38:01 pm »
Are "both" low and high beams out?
If yes, have you checked the fuse?
   (In fuse box, center fuse on the right side, 10 amp)...

and/or; Reach under the plastic (behind the light) and move/jiggle (technical term) the plug.
            Might improve contact at the plug.

If both fail, change the bulb.

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Re: headlight out
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2019, 09:50:11 pm »
SOme loose wires, got high beam going.
low beam still out.
made it home.
will change out in garage.
Thanks for pictures.