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post #21 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-21-2020, 08:41 AM
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Just a PSA regarding bulbs. I've seen several comments that bulbs have lasted for X number of miles or years and they're still good. The filaments deteriorate over time with use and even though they don't burn out, they are nowhere near 100% of effectiveness. As a reference point on this, on my wife's CRV (using the same H4 type of bulb that we use), she was complaining about her headlights no longer being good at night. Both sides were working on high and low beam. When I removed the bulbs, both of them were smoked inside the glass from the filament evaporating over time. This was absolutely the worst case of deterioration that I've seen, but I've had headlight, turn signals, and brake lights in many different vehicles over the years simply not be as bright as the y used to be. So now I tend to replace them (or at least inspect them for brightness) more often. As always, YMMV, but just because they still work doesn't mean that they don't need to be replaced. The headlights on these things are an alerting device to other vehicles and I always want mine working effectively.

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post #22 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-22-2020, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by alpha_2 View Post
If you think an fjr is tough, try a Goldwing! Makes an fjr a piece of cake.
I had an '02 'wing and could do all four of them without removing anything. I sometimes used some foul language, but I could get it done.
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post #23 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-22-2020, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr_Ed View Post
I had an '02 'wing and could do all four of them without removing anything. I sometimes used some foul language, but I could get it done.
I agree. I too had 2002 GL1800. Have 3XL hands. Changed several headlight bulbs. H7, IIRC. Wasn't easy, but no tools.
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