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Is there a cheaper alternative to the OEM sealed beam headlights?If your bike has a 12 volt electrical system and headlight is larger than 5 ¼”, you can replace the bulb with an auto sealed beam. This fix is perfect for many older bikes with 6" round headlights.Take an old dead sealed beam and tape up the glass with duct tape, put it in a paper bag, then whack it with a hammer in about the center of the lens. Carefully remove all the broken glass and discard it. With a die grinder or similar tool cut out around the bulb so there is about a 1" hole in the back of the reflector. Purchase a car 5 1/4" Halogen sealed beam and glue it in with a generous amount of silicone rubber sealant. You will need to get a plug for the back of the car headlight but many larger Japanese bikes use the same plug and it should be easy to get one at most motorcycle salvage shops. This type auto headlight has an internal halogen bulb surrounded by a glass reflector and lens so if it gets hit by a rock and gets a small hole in it, it'll keep on shining. This should run you about $7 for the sealed beam and you'll use about a dollar's worth of sealer. It'll also be about 50% brighter but the Halogen bulb will draw a little more power.
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