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Replacing Honda (CBR900) Headlight Bulbs With H4 Bulbs.

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' at netrider.net.au started by Big Chris, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. Hi all,
    Had some fun with the CBR900,
    Blew a headlight buld (rhs low beam),
    And Tried to fit a standaed H4 bulb,
    Damm Honda b*stards,
    dont fit standard bulbs,
    found solution, suggested by my dad, (electrician by trade)
    Cut the two lower legs off the bulb and fit like normal,
    Honda Bulb
    http://photobucket.com/albums/y184/sirpsychosis/CBR Headlights/?action=view&current=DSC01818.jpg

    Honda Bulb and H4 Bulb
    http://photobucket.com/albums/y184/sirpsychosis/CBR Headlights/?action=view&current=DSC01814.jpg

    Note the difference in the lower legs.
    Width between is wider and does not fit.
    H4 bulb is on the right, dirty old spare found in tool box, lol.

    Honda, H4 and H4 Minus Legs
    http://photobucket.com/albums/y184/sirpsychosis/CBR Headlights/?action=view&current=DSC01815.jpg

    The outcome,
    I used standard H4 car bulbs in a Honda
    (cost $8.50ea From SuperCheap or equivelent)
    Instead of Honda bulbs, Start at $16.50 ea.
    Same wattage used as original bulbs.
  2. I did that on my VFR .. found that I was replacing 2 or 3 H4 bulbs for every Honda EOM bulb, so it wasn't worth the $$ or hassle. Seems the H4 bulbs, fitted that way, were getting too much shock/vibration causing the filaments to blow a lot earlier.
  3. Oh well plan B,
    I'll see how the H4's function in the Blade,
    Or go to plan C and fit the other EU speb headlight,
    The EU spec fits the H4 bulbs as standard.
  4. Yup .. your experience may not be the same as mine.
  5. I have done the same thing in my VFR and the bulbs have lasted nearly two years so far. I can't tell you what brand they are but they were certainly cheaper than OEM Honda ones and I'd recommend the practice.
  6. Of course there's H4 globes and there's H4 globes.

    There is a difference in price out there so one wouls assume the el cheapo one's would be a lesser quality than the more expensive units.
  7. I did a swap only because the standard shitty 40/40w globes are so useless. Touch wood, but the aftermarket ones I fitted have so far been fine for the last 7-8 months. I did have to bend a tab or two but they still fitted snugly. The difference with the new 55/60 globes is huge and makes night riding a lot more enjoyable.
  8. or you couldve just bought some H7 bulbs :?

    Ive done the cutting of the H4 bulbs and find they move inside the housing. This moves the focal point of the beam and put the headlight aim out.
  9. Hey Cowboy,
    So H7 is the OEM part type,
    Where can you get H7 bulbs apart from the Honda dealer?
  10. Any auto parts/accessories shop (AutoBahn, etc.) will carry H7 globes
  11. Shop around.

    Had to buy a H9 globe for a Cross 8 ute after dropping and breaking one and Holden quoted $80, Burson quoted $40.

    Guess where I went to get the globe?
  12. Bingo. Autobarn, repco, bursons etc etc.