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post #1 of 9 Old 08-09-2019, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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1999 Honda rebel headlight bulb change?

Hey there, trying to change my headlight bulb to a h4 plug and play. I looked in my Cyclepedia book only to find no help at all. Tried a service manual online and I found that I might have to completely change the headlight unit? And can’t use the h4 plug and play?
I have pictures if needed. Ive gotten to the point of irritated over this - thank you
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-10-2019, 12:09 AM
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If your headlight bulb is a sealed beam, the only plug and play replacement that I know of is the one Jack offers: CMX250 Rebel replacement headlight

You can also use an h4 LED bulb, which avoids some possible electrical problems in going from the 35w sealed beam to the higher wattage halogen h4. This LED h4 is only 25 watts. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHD78DQ

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-10-2019, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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You can also use an h4 LED bulb, which avoids some possible electrical problems in going from the 35w sealed beam to the higher wattage halogen h4. This LED h4 is only 25 watts. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHD78DQ[/QUOTE]

I actually purchased that one and I have no idea how to use it because I have a sealed headlight.. any idea?
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-10-2019, 12:29 PM
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I would suggest you get the replacement headlight from Jack, and then install the LED in it.

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I would suggest you get the replacement headlight from Jack, and then install the LED in it.
Okay that’s a start. So I’d have to do some electrical work? I have 0 experience with anything electric. Is there a video or thread on this yet?
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That's the beauty of using Jack's headlight; the wires are color coded to match the wiring harness. You would need to access the junction box on the front forks, which is a real rat's nest of wires. Find the wires coming out of the existing headlight, and trace them down to where they plug into the same colored wires in the junction box. Disconnect the old wires, install the new headlight, and connect the headlight wires to the corresponding wires in the junction box. Stuff everything back in the junction box (it helps to be a six armed monkey), and you are done. If you want to install the LED bulb, you can do it before mounting the new headlight. The circular rubber ring is not used with the LED bulb.

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You would need to access the junction box on the front forks, which is a real rat's nest of wires. Find the wires coming out of the existing headlight, and trace them down to where they plug into the same colored wires in the junction box. Disconnect the old wires, install the new headlight, and connect the headlight wires to the corresponding wires in the junction box.

So basically.. get new headlight remove old wires from box, install new wires. And put back together.
Sounds simple enough. Do I need anything other than the headlight? Like I said 0 experience with wires. I figured I’d need to solder wires together or something (very confused).
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So basically.. get new headlight remove old wires from box, install new wires. And put back together.
Sounds simple enough. Do I need anything other than the headlight? Like I said 0 experience with wires. I figured Id need to solder wires together or something (very confused).
And thank you yet again for the amazing help! Howd you get to know so much about rebels?
The wires have male and female bullet connectors, so they can easily (usually) be disconnected. Try to grasp the wires as close to the connectors as possible when disconnecting them. Whenever I'm disconnecting wires, I dip the male connection in dielectric grease before reassembling. It helps keep moisture out of the connection and prevents corrosion. Auto parts stores sell a good sized tube of dielectric grease that will probably last a backyard mechanic a lifetime. Dielectric grease can also be used to lubricate brake caliper slide pins as well as motorcycle and automotive disc pads to prevent squealing.

What I know about Rebels was learned from the knowledgeable folks on this forum. There are many good folks and a vast trove of valuable information here.

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I did the headlight modification recently on both my scooter and Rebel. You have to get the bottom mount light and usually no other modifications or minimum hammer/drill are needed. They pay-off was much better light, and an option of using sealed beam 5 3/4 inch light from any Auto Zone or using H4 bulb.

Here is the link for some pics and short description:

https://www.nylanguageteacher.com/po...dlight-upgrade

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