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post #1 of 18 Old 03-04-2010, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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08+ KLR Headlight H7 bulbs

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Can I run a higher watt H7 headlight bulb by replacing the stock fuse to a higher amp fuse? Any recomendations? Im looking to go brighter "Blue" colored bulbs.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

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If you need to go with a bigger fuse you will need to go with bigger wire. I believe EasternBeaver.com sells a wire harness that has a larger gauge wire and allows a larger lamp. How much more lamp are you thinking? Too big and you might just melt the housing. Have you considered some of the many LED aux lights they sell these days, low amp draw and really bright.

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Im not really sure and after reading that I may hold off. I purchased some autozone Sylvania H7 "Cool Blue" and just installed them. Unfortunately I cannot see any "Blue" or difference

What LED Headlights do you know of? Thanks for your reply!

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The Gen2 ('08>) stator, wiring and fuses are better than the Gen1 ('87-'07). The PIAA H4 bulb works well for the Gen1 KLRs.

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The Gen2 ('08>) stator, wiring and fuses are better than the Gen1 ('87-'07). The PIAA H4 bulb works well for the Gen1 KLRs.
Thanks for the Reply T. I have an 09' Gen2 though... What bulb would you suggest for my year bike?

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Thanks for the Reply T. I have an 09' Gen2 though... What bulb would you suggest for my year bike?
Gen1 = H4
Gen2 = H7

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Gen1 = H4
Gen2 = H7
Yo Tomato... "ketchup" with the thread lol

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I have an 08 and I just replaced my bulbs this weekend with very impressive results. I used a Sylvania H7XV Xtravision in the low beam and a Sylvania H7ST Silverstar for the high beam.

I did it this way because the Silverstars have a short life but are extremely bright. The Xtravision is closer in lfe to a standard bulb. Both are still 55W bulbs. The XV is brighter and has wider dispersion and distance than standard. The Silverstar high beam lights up the road way, way out there with very bright white light. I figured since the high beam isn't used as much I could get away with the shorter life.

Give them a try. I think you will like them.

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I have an 08 and I just replaced my bulbs this weekend with very impressive results. I used a Sylvania H7XV Xtravision in the low beam and a Sylvania H7ST Silverstar for the high beam.

I did it this way because the Silverstars have a short life but are extremely bright. The Xtravision is closer in lfe to a standard bulb. Both are still 55W bulbs. The XV is brighter and has wider dispersion and distance than standard. The Silverstar high beam lights up the road way, way out there with very bright white light. I figured since the high beam isn't used as much I could get away with the shorter life.

Give them a try. I think you will like them.

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Very good report Benny. You are definitely going to be the go to guy on Gen2 lighting.

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I have an 08 and I just replaced my bulbs this weekend with very impressive results. I used a Sylvania H7XV Xtravision in the low beam and a Sylvania H7ST Silverstar for the high beam.

I did it this way because the Silverstars have a short life but are extremely bright. The Xtravision is closer in lfe to a standard bulb. Both are still 55W bulbs. The XV is brighter and has wider dispersion and distance than standard. The Silverstar high beam lights up the road way, way out there with very bright white light. I figured since the high beam isn't used as much I could get away with the shorter life.

Give them a try. I think you will like them.

Benny
Sounds like a cool idea, I may try that next. I purchased a set of 4k Philips with a tint of blue, looks sweet! I should of taken before and after

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