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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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VSTAR 1100 Custom Dim headlight improvements

I have a 2000 VSTAR 1100 Custom. I added the P1AA-H4 Bright white bulb but people tell me my headlight looks so much dimmer that other peoples bikes. I think it is a 5.75 dia headlight.

I discussed this with a cycle shop mechanic and he said the vstar has a problem with dim headlights and that if you overload the stator will go and he confirmed he has replaced many.

On a ride yesterday a friend told me my headlight doesn't get others attention well and suggested brightening it up.

I have two walmart running lights, 20watt each mounted on my engine guard and I use them at night but not during day.

if i cant find a better brighter headlight, i thought i would ride during daylight with my bright lights on.

please comment if you have had a similar experience and what you have done to make yourselves more visible during the daylight. I also wear a white helment and a yellow/green bright high viz vest. I have the triple whammy rear strobe brake lights that help, but want to improve lighting visibility from front , if possible without charging system/stator failure

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 07:24 PM
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I've rarely ever seen a stator fail on an 1100. The reg/rec is the issue 99% of the time. Usually the stator gets replaced because the guy working on the bike doesn't know how to properly test the electrical system. Then they end up replacing the reg/rec as well... which was the only problem in the first place.

As far as your real issue, the headlight is what it is. First things first. Did you verify that it was adjusted correctly? If that doesn't do it for you, just get an aftermarket headlight. They pretty much all use the same bulb as your bike is now, it's the lens that makes the difference. I can guarantee you you won't have a stator issue....or a reg/rec issue if it's the same bulb.

I run a headlight off a Harley ($40) with an Adure Black Dot lens and a standard H-4 bulb that I took from the stock headlight. It's worked fine for 15,000 miles....

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 09:48 AM
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Did you check your ground wires? All to often a poor ground is the problem. Make sure all your connections are clean.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-22-2014, 06:24 PM
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i had a P1AA-H4 bulb once and it was definitely brighter than the stock bulb. what do YOU think? does it look less bright than it used to?

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