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post #1 of 52 Old 03-21-2016, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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85 Rebel Headlight Replacement Question

So I plan on replacing my stock sealed rebel 85 headlight lamp with a 2001 or later headlight so i can swap the H4 bulb with a LED light.

They are going for like $50 on ebay currently, but they include no h4 wiring harness which i assume i need since the stock 86 rebel is not h4 cables. So here is my question.

I know rebel warehouse has a plug and play replacement for $90 or whatever (plus shipping???) so you can get H4 on 86 rebels.
So, are both his (rebel warehouse), and the used ones form e-bay able to have their bulbs pulled out and replaced (non-sealed headlight unit)?

Again I plan on replacing the H4 bulb in the headlamp (so it obviously cant be a sealed headlight) with an Led conversion kit.

What do you recommend? Buy a used 2001+ headlight for $50 and get a h4 plug harness, or just buy his and replace bulb?

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I have seen 7" Led lights that are a direct replacement for the old sealed beam bulbs.

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I have seen 7" Led lights that are a direct replacement for the old sealed beam bulbs.
Example?

I thought if it is sealed i cant take it apart.

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i have seen these before, and considered buying. But are they even able to be mounted inside the SEALED headlight of the 85-87 rebels?

Can you even take apart an 85-87 rebel headlight without destroying it?

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Just remove the retaining ring and remove the bulb. Item 4 is what will be replaced.
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Cool. Only issue I see are these lights have the h4 connector. So I would have to buy/rig one.

The other issue is are these 7" replacements direct plug and play in terms of the load units or whatever. Because all the bulb replacements I see have a little unit that steps the voltage/watt to what the bulb needs.

Not to mention some of these 7" ones are 40w+ and the stock buld for the 85-87 only use like 35w.
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On my 2009 Rebel, is there anything brighter that would be truly "Plug & Play"?
Even to keeping the same housing. No re-wiring would be nice, too.

I've heard of starter button problems, needing new regulators/rectifiers, or larger amp fuses (maybe only 1ST gens). Any problems there with 2nd gen bikes?

I know I've got 55/60 watts, but is that what you worry about or the amps?
Obviously...I'm no good with electrical stuff.

I wouldn't mind a brighter light.

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LEDs would draw significantly less amount of current compare to a halogen bulb. The LEDs bulbs may list their wattage equivalent to an incandescent bulb.
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