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Old 01-16-2005, 06:20 PM
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Headlight Upgrade 65 Nova

I'm wanting to upgrade my headlight system to the newer H4 bulb system but I don't the exact parts to ask for at the parts store. I went to NAPA today to see if they could help me find the right stuff. I found the bulb no problem but finding the housing is another story. It seems if you can't give these guys an exact make, model and year they are lost.
If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-16-2005, 06:47 PM
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iI have been told

I was looking to upgrade the lights on one of my cars and they told me that my alternator amperage was too small. You may have to add in the cost of a new alt.
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If you use a standard H-4 55/60watt bulb, you won't use enough extra electricity (if any) to cause a problem. I've never seen a regular auto parts store that had that kind of stuff in stock. Most don't even know what you're talking about. I have some old Cibie (French-made) H-4 headlights in my '72 & '77 Novas. Absolutely no comparison to the American sealed beams, even the halogens, and never an electrical problem, even with 100watt high beams on the '72. The Cibies are no longer imported, but Hella (German) has some that, from what I hear, are equivalent. I have seen some 7" round lamps (same as ours) on Ebaymotors, but lost the name of the source. Try searching for Hella, round, 7", etc., but beware of posers. Hellas run ~$75 for a pair. They may not be legal for cars in some areas, but are OK for motorcycles. Hella also has similar ones called Vision Plus that use a slightly different bulb (HS2), but are DOT-approved. Hella says the light patterns are slightly different on the DOT units. The European ones may not have the 3 little projections on the lens that are used for adjusting machines.
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Old 01-17-2005, 03:08 AM
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The European ones may not have the 3 little projections on the lens that are used for adjusting machines.
Thats what those are for! WOW! something new everyday!
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Old 01-17-2005, 05:53 AM
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I would have thought that there was and american made auto that used a 7" round light with a replaceable bulb. That's all i'm looking for it doesn't have to be an H4 bulb.
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Try Headwinds. They make housings and bulbs.
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The H4 bulb will plug right in to your existing socket although you may have to change the wires around and modify the socket to accept the rubber dust shield.

The lenses look slightly different instead of being rounded in the front they are flat.

You can buy all the parts from any Honda motorcycle dealer too, just tell them its for 1981 900 Custom. That will get you all the right parts.

Stock bulbs are 60/55 watts put a set of the 100/55 in there and I guarantee you wont be disappointed in how much better you can see.



I wish I had a car with 4 headlights man now that would kick out some serious light.
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These chain auto stores are a nightmare these days! You're right -- if they don't have the info to punch into one of their computers they instantly go brain-dead and stare at you like a deer caught in headlights!

I just did this routine on my truck ... if you have 7-inch bulbs, it's NO problem! All you need is to buy a pair of #H6024 halogen bulbs ... I bought a pair of GE's for $13 each ... they plugged right in and WOW! Whatta difference!

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Old 01-21-2005, 07:04 AM
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Thanks Alan, nice website.
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