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Author Topic: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?  (Read 7384 times)

deejay

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Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« on: July 18, 2007, 06:27:36 PM »
can anyone explain the difference to me? I'm thinking of ordering the 7" headlight kit, but not sure about this beam business.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2007, 06:31:03 PM by deejay »

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2007, 06:51:25 PM »
We have the 7" sealed beam on the Military, and it is much, much brighter than the stock light, and looks way better, too.

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007, 07:02:45 PM »
Non-sealed beams have a separate headlight assembly that takes a little bulb in the back of the reflector. Sealed beams are one big bulb; reflector, lens and all. I've heard that the non-sealed beams are more prone to failure due to vibration; don't know if it's true. I installed a 7" sealed-beam Wagner, and the difference is astounding; like I'd been riding around with a flashlight taped to my handlebars. I work a 3rd shift, so light's real important to me.

As Robb said, it looks way better than the goofy stock lamp, too.

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007, 07:41:54 PM »
Could you post a picture... I am thinking of doing the same - a picture may well tip the balance.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007, 09:02:03 PM »
If you don't have a 7", then you already know what the OEM lamp looks like. Here's mine with a 7" sealed beam:


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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007, 09:20:29 PM »
My Bullet is parked right outside the window in front of my desk...  As I type this I am looking at the OEM light, then yours.. etc.  I think I need to get the 7" system on mine.  Herein is the question - is it easy to do??  I am somewhat of a clutz.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007, 09:34:48 PM »
Emmet,

You really do live in Margaritaville! Every picture you post shows your bike in front of a gorgeous tropical scene... like a Royal Enfield Corona commercial.  It's hard not to be envious.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2007, 09:47:11 PM »
Emmet, I love those panniers.  I wish I could get those in the UK!

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2007, 11:09:42 PM »
I hope this is a before and after picture of my recent 7" conversion.  I'm a little shakey on the tools.........Leonard



Could you post a picture... I am thinking of doing the same - a picture may well tip the balance.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2007, 12:07:39 AM »
I hope this is a before and after picture of my recent 7" conversion.  I'm a little shakey on the tools.........Leonard



Well, there is obvisouly something I don't understand about inserting a picture........Leonard
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2007, 01:10:47 AM »
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is it easy to do??

Sort of. There's a big flat screw on top of the cascabel (or whatever it's called), and two small phillips-head screws at 4 and 8 o'clock. Remove the entire headlight unit. You have to mount the bulb in the headlight ring, which is done with spring clips; wear eye protection. Use a quarter or something to pry the legs down under the lip, as in the picture. Then it's just a matter of wiring it and mounting it in the cascabel.


deejay

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2007, 01:25:09 AM »
Non-sealed beams have a separate headlight assembly that takes a little bulb in the back of the reflector. Sealed beams are one big bulb; reflector, lens and all. I've heard that the non-sealed beams are more prone to failure due to vibration; don't know if it's true. I installed a 7" sealed-beam Wagner, and the difference is astounding; like I'd been riding around with a flashlight taped to my handlebars. I work a 3rd shift, so light's real important to me.

As Robb said, it looks way better than the goofy stock lamp, too.

So, if the bulb burns out on a sealed beam you have to replace the entire unit? i think I'd rather just replace a bulb.... maybe I'm confused. ???

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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2007, 02:35:51 AM »
The sealed beam is the bulb - you can get a 7 inch one at Walmart.
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2007, 08:28:00 AM »
Emmet, I love those panniers.  I wish I could get those in the UK!

Tom

It's OK - I've found them.....  in our hosts' accessories section!

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« Last Edit: July 19, 2007, 09:55:43 AM by Spitting Bull »
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Re: Sealed beam vs. non-sealed beam?
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2007, 10:13:07 AM »
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It's OK - I've found them.....  in our hosts' accessories section!

Yes; all the after-market stuff on my bike's come from them.