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View Poll Results: Are you using 70/65W or greater bulbs in the stock ST1300 headlight unit?
Yes 22 24.18%
No 69 75.82%
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Old October 17th, 2008   #1
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Default 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

Many are temped to upgrade to a 70/65W bulb in the stock headlight unit.

If you are using 70/65 or greater wattage H4 bulbs with stock wiring in the stock headlight unit, please tell us by responding to this poll.

If you have a chance, add a post to share your experiences:
Do you get indications from other drivers that the upgraded bulbs cast too much light?

Have you had any issues with the connectors, wire harness, switches, relays, etc. because of the additional electrical current load?

Which bulb (brand and wattage) are you using?

How long have you been using them?

Is the bulb life reasonable?
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Old October 17th, 2008   #2
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Default Re: Using 70/65W H4 bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

Rob,
I've been pretty satisfied with stock performance...I did add a pair of P.I.A.A. 004XT auxhillary lamps. Boy do they light up the night! Twice they have made night time riding safer....Once down in Ga. on my way to T.W.O> we had come up from Road Atlanta and man them woods were dark....we were alone...... I have thought about using a standard bulb with the spacers...but as good as the performance is stock...I'l save the dough....I do like the way the Honda light gives off a yellowish hue and the 004s are brilliant white....kinda complement each other...
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Old October 18th, 2008   #3
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Default Re: Using 70/65W H4 bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

Hi Rob

I used the Osram Kit from CST on my old '03 ST. I liked the extra light and never had any issues with the stock installation or drivers flashing and complaining about output. I did about 12K with that set up before switching to an '04.

HID's are a different story, if I raise them for deer country and then hit the highway, without lowering them a little the truckers get really PO'ed, more so than the car drivers so I suspect there is more scatter higher up but then truckers may just moan more (on the CB).

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Old October 18th, 2008   #4
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Default Re: 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

I have changed to the newest Osram Night Breaker. They are great. I did have the Osram 70/65W but the left one burned out after just 9 months. The light was great but I am disappointed in the short life spam.
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Default Re: 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

Very seldom ride at night, happy with the stock bulbs.

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Default Re: 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

I use the Osram Silverstars from CST but try not to ride at night.
When I was in the mountains around Boise, I let my riding buddies get a long way ahead of me so I could use my brights.
They said they could see me lighting up the country side from way ahead of me. Without the brights on, it would have taken me a lot longer to get down from the mountain.
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Old October 22nd, 2008   #7
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Default Re: 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

I replaced my stock with the Phillips vision plus with shims. It opened up the road for night riding. It was a simple up grade / low cost. I rarely use my high beams / the low beams flood the road. Get no cage flash back. I do ride I night. If I'm out after dark I need to see the road.
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Old October 22nd, 2008   #8
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Default Re: 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

Rob:

I use 85/80 watt bulbs, used with a Comagination headlight modulator. The modulator comes with much thicker guage wires and a relay, so the high/low beam switch and wires are safe from over-loading.

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Old October 24th, 2008   #9
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Default Re: 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

I used them in my ST1100, and moved them to my 1300 when my old bike got totalled. No problems so far. These bulbs will last much longer than the plus 50 type bulbs that claim higher output from normal wattage.
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Default Re: 70/65W bulbs in the ST1300 Headlights?

I put in HIDs. Less draw, more light.
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