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Headlight Bulbs for MKII: Haynes Error

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#1 dapleb


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Posted 18 April 2006 - 11:33 am

MKII Headlight uses a H1 and a H3 bulb. H1 being the dipped beam and H3 the main beam. Haynes is incorrect (it says 2 x H3).


My main headlight blew on Saturday evening, 45 miles from home :roll:

Next day, I eventually got the fairing off and removed the bulb. The Haynes manual states the bulb is a 12v 55w Halogen H3. Off I trot to Halfords and purchase said bulb.

Had to visit the folks on Sunday afternoon though I get home about 6-ish so it's still light enough to put the bike back together.....

....only the bulb doesn't fit!!! :x The busted bulb is actually an H1 item and of course Halfords have shut for the day the time I find this out.

Did I get the wrong H3 bulb or is the Haynes manual actually wrong? Say it ain't so, my faith with be utterly destroyed and I'll never believe a word written in that sacred book.

Also, "you should now be able to gently pull the fairing forward off the bike". It neglected to mention prising the rear of the cowl off of the indicator mounts. Most unnerving have to 'stretch' the panel.

QUOTE(Big Bird @ Tue 18th Apr 2006, 10:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Had to replace the low beam globe on my little 850 last week.
So I looked up the required globe in the Haynes book of lies before venturing forth and it informed me that the '99 models run 2 x 55W H3 globes. I finally tracked one of the strange H3 beasties down in the 3rd bike shop I visited only to get home, detach half the fairing ranting.gif , and discover that the low beam is actually an H1 ranting.gif ranting.gif (the high beam is an H3).

That is the last time I'm relying on the manual to get it right. Next time I'm taking the broken part with me to make sure I get the right part. At least the shop was understanding (their manual was wrong too) and stayed open late just for me to return and do a bulb swap.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:45 pm

Lidl bulbs,

Hi Lads, what are the bulbs again for the mk 2
cos lidl have got a motoring special on mon 23rd

Headlight Bulbs - Set of 2

Choose from 12V bulb sets of:
- H1 blue or H1+50%
- H4 blue or H4+50%
- H7 blue or H7+50%
Price per set

Only available while stocks last

will any of these fit ?

cheers ajfergie...

Edited by ajfergie, 16 February 2009 - 08:46 pm.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 09:35 pm

AJF if you look carefully at the outside heedloight glass you will see H1 and H3 stamped onto the respective headlamps, POP m8.

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