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post #1 of 10 Old 11-08-2006, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Always Carry A Spare Headlight

Perhaps, I'm preaching to the choir here, but after last night I'm keeping a back up in my pelican case with the air pump.

Riding by moon light out in the country ain't that big of a deal, once your eyes adjust. But the running from the police because they saw you without a headlight is where I should have drawn the line.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-08-2006, 02:04 PM
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It is very rare that the high and low beams go out at the same time.
Running from the cops isn't a good ideal any time. It is really hard to out run motorola!

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No cell coverage in my neck of the woods. Besides, he didn't know I was out running him... it was all in my mind and slightly embelleshed for forum readership.

Anyway, apparently my High Beam had been out for longer than I thought. It worked fine when I installed the new switch. But I'm guessing that my fanciful use of the High Beam Flash Trigger was a little too much for the filliment to handle.
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186,001 miles per second ought to do it.

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Most of the "old school" radios were motorolas, their cell phone may not work but I would bet their radios do.

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I suppose there might be a way to rewire the turn signals to stay on and remove the lense covers? But I think I'm really reaching! :lol:

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AS for the light problem, having a spare bulb could be handy, but a better ideal is to have back up lighting. On my trip to the left coast last June I found out the hard way having aux lighting helps. I had a low beam blow days before I was to leave, so I changed out the bulbs. Problem was I didn't get the rubber boot on exactly right and some how the light would go out on me sometimes. I had these to help out.
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My first headlight failure was approaching a cattle grate at night on fast dirt. About 100' from it, everything went black, i felt the grate and then got on the brakes and tried to remember where straight was. After a while my eyes adjusted enough to ride the rest of the way out.

Now i have 2 H3's one wired through the stock harness, and another with a separate power source and relay. The only common point they share is the hi/lo switch. I can run one at a time, or both if i select the "middle" I had a bulb go gout on me once, and anuter time i had a short up front when a connector wored loose that took out the fuse to the direct wired light. Both times i still had at least one light working.

I carry 2 extra bulbs. Having some sort of backup lighting is definitely a good idea, adding a small set of running lights to the stocker for extra offroad illumination or going with a twin headlight setup. Twin headlights rock!
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I suppose there might be a way to rewire the turn signals to stay on and remove the lense covers?
DOOD! :shock: thats brilliant :idea:

thats very doable... of course... your going to need a flashlight to see the wires in the fairing.

get ya back to camp anyway..

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