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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2018, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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New SilverStar bulb is acting up

A couple of days ago, I took a morning ride and it was still dark when I left. I flipped on my high beams during part of that ride, and was surprised to see my headlight indicator light come on. Both the high beams and the low beams had light coming out of the unit, but when I finally took a closer look at it this afternoon, it does appear that the high beam filament might be out. I think the low beam filament changes a bit when you turn the high beam on, but it doesn't go out. And the high beam filament comes on as well, to give you that "donut" effect, which I don't really like all that much.

Anyway, kind of lame that this brand new bulb is having this problem. I still have my previous bulb, which hadn't failed, and which actually wasn't really any worse than this one, to be frank. So might just swap it back. But that bulb was not cheap, so I guess I'll have to return it (another Amazon purchase. Returns on Amazon aren't BAD, but they're certainly not as easy for me as just going back to a store. I assume some people see them as more convenient, but I hate to have to send packages, or even letters).

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I personally don't think the silverstar give any more light, they just add the blue filter to make it look like HID.
I use "off road" bulbs in everything that uses Halogen ~ twice the power so noticeable change in light out the front.
My Vulcan has a Daymaker LED knockoff, very bright and focused.

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I personally don't think the silverstar give any more light, they just add the blue filter to make it look like HID.
I use "off road" bulbs in everything that uses Halogen ~ twice the power so noticeable change in light out the front.
My Vulcan has a Daymaker LED knockoff, very bright and focused.
Got a link for that knockoff?

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Location: Murfreesboro, TN

AGM Battery, Iridium Plugs
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Back tire: Dunlop Challenger.
Front tire: Dunlop Challenger, but about to replace it with a Kenda Cruiser.
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A link likely wouldn't help you. Its mounted in a 7 inch car sealed beam headlight mount on my Vetter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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A link likely wouldn't help you. Its mounted in a 7 inch car sealed beam headlight mount on my Vetter.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thanks. Just keeping my options open. I’m pretty sure I will replace the whole unit with a unit similar to that one.

I don’t know the guy’s username on this site, but he made a video showing the upgrade process on his VN750.

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Purchased June 2018, as a first bike.
Put 1,300 miles on it so far.
Location: Murfreesboro, TN

AGM Battery, Iridium Plugs
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Back tire: Dunlop Challenger.
Front tire: Dunlop Challenger, but about to replace it with a Kenda Cruiser.
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