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    What is a bright, fairly reasonably priced, headlight bulb upgrade for my '95?

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    Piaa super plasma gtx "35w". I put one in the 98 i had and it was brighter with more of a white/cool white color. I think i got it for around $34 shipped.

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    I saw that but I thought TW's took an H4 bulb. That one is an HS1. Do you have both low and high beams?

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    Yes and yes i believe it was an hs1. Or you could do one advmonster model 60 which is 30watts but you couldnt use it in traffic but would be awesome on backroads or offroading. Do the switch mod and run it on a toggle. Your talking alot more money though

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    Unknown about a 95....my 2009 is an H-4 bulb....high/low.

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    I was bored so I went through the Yamacatalog year by year looking at headlights





    1987 to 1997 1ML-84314-00-XX BULB,12V35W35W







    1998 to 1999 Yamaha does not list any bulbs for these two years !?!







    2000 to 2001 1ML-84314-00-XX BULB,12V35W35W







    2002 2F9-84314-00-00 BULB,H4 12V60/55W







    2003 to 2010 5V2-84314-00-XX BULB,H4 12V60/55W (Catalog shows this bulb is no longer available)







    2011+ 2F9-84314-00-00 BULB,H4 12V60/55W


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    I was bored so I went through the Yamacatalog year by year looking at headlights

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    Thanks for generating the list!

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    Thanks guys. I went ahead and ordered the PIAA HS-1 Super Plasma GT-X like Small's has. The stock bulb is a very yellowish dim 35w, on a new battery, and the PIAA bulb is supposed to be as bright as a 55w. I didn't want to put a 60/55w bulb in because of the '95 electrical system's smaller capacity.



    While searching for info I did see some brighter upgrades for my '08 (60/55w bulb) that I might have to get later on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tirebiter View Post
    Thanks guys. I went ahead and ordered the PIAA HS-1 Super Plasma GT-X like Small's has. The stock bulb is a very yellowish dim 35w, on a new battery, and the PIAA bulb is supposed to be as bright as a 55w. I didn't want to put a 60/55w bulb in because of the '95 electrical system's smaller capacity.



    While searching for info I did see some brighter upgrades for my '08 (60/55w bulb) that I might have to get later on.




    Any updates on the performance of the PIAA bulb? The light output coming from my '93 is scary low IMO. I'm afraid even if I replace the stock halogen with a slightly higher output bulb I still won't be happy. I know guys who do H4 to HID conversions but I'm not sure how easy it is to do on the older TWs. I'm looking at LEDs







    I checked out advmonster's lights it got me wondering if anybody has replaced the older TW's actual headlight and replaced it with a custom LED headlight. sanjoh on advrider is the man behind advmonster and he sells custom headlight replacements for KTM and Husky models. I think a similar light insert would be even easier to mount in the TW housing because it's built to hold our existing 4x6 halogen bulbs. I've seen guys do great things with kitchen cutting board material. A headlight guard would even help with potential theft or damage to your nice LED. As far as these LEDs not being street legal, you can run a dimmer and set a light at any percentage output (ie 40%, 50%) for low beam and 100% for high beam.













    Rigid Industries makes other great LED lights and they have flush mount options for some of their driving lights

    http://www.rigidindustries.com/D2-Fl...d2-flmt-dr.htm









    Baja Designs has the very popular Squadron LED light. This one is the flush mount driving light. It's the most expensive of the bunch but a very good light. Many guys run them on dirt bikes at 40% on the street and say it's still a ton of light. At 100% it's allegedly sunshine.

    http://www.bajadesigns.com/ProductDe...mNumber=491003



    Any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goofy Footer View Post
    Any updates on the performance of the PIAA bulb? The light output coming from my '93 is scary low IMO. I'm afraid even if I replace the stock halogen with a slightly higher output bulb I still won't be happy. I know guys who do H4 to HID conversions but I'm not sure how easy it is to do on the older TWs. I'm looking at LEDs
    The PIAA bulb is definitely brighter but still inadequate in my opinion. We've got a lot of deer in Michigan and I need to see them with enough time to react. I'm still doing updates on the bike so I haven't ridden it yet but I've had it sitting next to my 08 in the driveway at night and it's not as bright/white as the stock bulb in the '08. The other difference is that the beam on the PIAA is more focused and the beam from the '08 is more diffused and covers a wider area.



    I'm interested in LED's too but will probably look at adding flood/spot type lights. Small's has a set of Advmonster model 44's on his bike. He posted pics and they're bright. Others have tried different floods as well.



    I'm replacing most of my bulbs with LED's to free up capacity. Keeping the electrical system balanced is important I've been told.



    The lights you found are impressive.....3600 lumens @ 42watts. Wow! But they're beyond my budget.

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