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    Well it seems that my sealed beam headlight finally decided to call it quits on the way into work today. What is my best option for replacing it? Honda wants $115 for a OEM replacement. Any cheaper sealed beam sources that you know of? Should I install a halogen conversion kit like they sell at JC Whitney?



    I need to figure this out by tomorrow. I don't want to waste any more riding days than I have to without a headlight! Maybe I'll use my SureFire flashlight in the interim



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    Tell honda to take a hike.



    Are you sure you don't have a replaceable H4 bulb headlight?



    If not it would be better to source a replaceable headlight with bulb on ebay for maybe $30 or so.
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    1968 Honda CT90 Trail-Yellow Monster project
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    I found a replacement at an auto parts store, sealed beam about $20. Not sure what it was made for, but take your old bulb in and look at the ones they have in stock. Mine was made by Sylvania. Make sure the 3 pronged plug on the back of it matches as well.
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    Yours is an 80 Deluxe, mine is an 82 custom. Not sure which year they switched to the H4, but on the front of my head lamp lens is stamped H4. and the bulb inserts into the lamp glass shell. I agree with Stitch, tell that dealer to shove it. There is nothing so special about the sealed beams on those bikes that had them in that vintage that warrants that price. Most cars had that lamp, or similar.
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    Since my head light is currently disgorged on my bench, I ran down to take a peek. My 79 Standard has a generic H4 three prong bulb. 100/90w 12vShould be available at any "auto parts" type place for 15 bucks or less.Owen
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    I will check the local auto parts places for replacements. I don't know why I didn't think of that. If I can't get that to work I guess I'll probably end up getting one of those conversions on eBay.



    Thanks for your help!
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    Standard 7" (if I recall) bulb &/or capsule that takes any H4 lamp.



    If in a hurry hit up a MC or auto shop, they're everywhere. I think even a Yama or Kaw bulb will work but take in your old bulb to compare.



    You get a lot more selectivity the more you look. I'm probably going to an H4 capsule with the best aim and install the best Sylvania bulb:



    http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProd...lverStarUltra/ Is rock solid, excellent light output and the filament doesn't' have that annoying habit of bouncing around when you hit bumps which just ends up reducing life.
    1979 CX500 Custom - restored to almost original condition. I'm waiting to get strong enough to return to work so I can finish all the painting prep and priming, then I'll take the tank and sides out to Old Okie's shop where the bike is and shoot the color, clear, apply decals and final clear then polish it to a perfect gloss.



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    Watch the wattage if you are going with a cooling fan or other electrical add-ons. The alternator is only 170W.

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    He's got a 1980 so I'd stick with the 65/55W common stock as to not overload the stator. You can put a 100W in there but won't get much more light and it'll be far harder on the stator. Aside from that the common 100W replacements aren't aimed very well at all so it's mainly wasted light.



    If you have the capability of putting an H4 capsule in there by all means go with the link I posted above, you'll get excellent light with very low current draw. You can buy them anywhere and the road will come alive like you wouldn't believe.
    1979 CX500 Custom - restored to almost original condition. I'm waiting to get strong enough to return to work so I can finish all the painting prep and priming, then I'll take the tank and sides out to Old Okie's shop where the bike is and shoot the color, clear, apply decals and final clear then polish it to a perfect gloss.



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