Burnt headlamp bulb

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HappyHighwayman, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    8000 miles in, headlamp died. Pretty cool the computer let's you know.

    How hard is this to replace oneself?
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  2. PatrickM

    PatrickM Been here awhile

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    Easy on the F800GS, I believe it's covered in the manual (huh, wassat?)

    However, spend a few extra bucks and get a HID setup instead. It'll last longer, look better and help you see. Oh yeah, less energy required so more watts for your heated gear.
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  3. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Seriously? How cool is that?! Amazing :lol3 I love more and more this bike. What does he say?

    Oh and I think in you bike manual they say something about changing your bulb. It seems quiet simple indeed.
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  4. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    It's a BMW, you should take it to the dealer. :D

    Or you could just twist the cap on the backside of the headlight, unhook the metal clamp, remove the plug, switch the bulb and assemble in reverse order. Maybe 5 minutes if you are clumsy?
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  5. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    I took it to the dealer because I didn't have a spare bulb. 10 minutes, $14 + tax for the bulb, they did it for free on the spot.

    FYI the computer shows the warning yellow light and "LAMP". Hard to miss :) Just missed getting it replaced under 6 month warranty on bulbs :)
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  6. Lefty23

    Lefty23 Trekker

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    how many dealers does it take to change a bulb?
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  7. HappyHighwayman

    HappyHighwayman Been here awhile

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    1 to hold the bulb and 99 to rotate the motorcycle?
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  8. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    That's funny, I just had to replace mine this AM

    1 min to remove it and figure out it's a H7 bulb, $9.58 at the auto parts store 45sec to install


    It is cool that the bike tells you, there's no telling how long before I would realise on my own:D
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  9. runnr548

    runnr548 BMW Pilot

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    My low beam went out a couple of weeks ago heading out on an evening ride for a nice dinner. Got the light...auto parts store and five minutes later all is good. It was around 6,800 miles.
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  10. sturgeon

    sturgeon Long timer

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    Nice things about these is that high-beam and low-beam are the same bulb, and equally as easy to change. So if you're stuck somewhere with a burned-out low-beam, you can swap 'em around temporarily until you find a replacement.
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  11. Frikadelle

    Frikadelle n00b

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    Mine blew after 9356 miles. Is this the expected life for H7 bulbs?
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  12. Dadayama

    Dadayama Constant Adventurer

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    just for grins, i looked at Max BMW's microfiche to see how much an official bulb cost... and it is listed as $20.12.

    The thing is you have a lot of choices at the auto store...

    and yes it is very, very, very easy to change.
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  13. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    That is about what I've been getting. I don't think it's the life of the bulb (they run much longer in my car) so much as the vibrations etc shorten the life.
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