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    Default OEM Headlight Life

    My NEW Spyder has burned out three headlights in under 3-1/2 years. Sheesh! My car is almost 16 years old and has only ever burned out one headlight, which cost under $10 to replace.

    What's a better replacement than OEM for some normal headlight life expectancy? I need replacements before state inspection in July. TIA.
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    Go with LED headlights from Lamonster Garage and your headlight worries are over.
    2015 F3-S Can-Am Red, SE6

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    Have never had a headlight issue, that does sound excessive.
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    One headlight bulb over the course of owning two different Spyders since 2012.
    2014 RT SE6

    Previously 2008 GS SM5



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    Quote Originally Posted by JKMSPYDER View Post
    Go with LED headlights from Lamonster Garage and your headlight worries are over.
    ....since they don't " filaments " … they don't break like Halogen ones do ….. if you won't change to LED's … there are Heavy duty Motorcycle halogen's that will last longer …...But why bother, they will never equal the light that an LED throws …..jmho …. Mike

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    Default Luck of the draw....

    I have burned through 3 in the about 8 years but always change both at the same time as the other will go out shortly after the first one. Unfortunately they do not make the LED type for my model but would be the way to go and they do give you a better light and life....
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    DO NOT buy replacement headlight bulbs from a dealership. They come in a box that is not sealed and a stupid parts guy can walk out with the bulb in his greasy paw and ask, "Is this the one you want?" You can get them from any auto parts store in a sealed package and the bulb will not have been touched by human hands which can reduce its life significantly.
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    I have had 1 headlight burn out ( Right side).

    I replaced the headlights to LED'S and at the same time replaced the fog lights,( wider area to cover on the road).

    I have a 2014RTS-SE6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chupaca View Post
    I have burned through 3 in the about 8 years but always change both at the same time as the other will go out shortly after the first one. Unfortunately they do not make the LED type for my model but would be the way to go and they do give you a better light and life....
    Gene, …. another member just posted on a different thread that Banggood.com sells H-7 bulbs that fit …… ...… Mike ….. Look for the Thread - Tutorial -Added LED bulbs to a Spyder RS 2008 - some DIY required from 4/14/19….post #2 …..

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    The LEDs look great, but since they're triple the price of OEM I thought my situation over and decided to just get one more OEM... because looking forward I don't expect to have this machine more than about 15 more months, max. So, instead of donating LEDs to the next owner, I'm gonna put the extra money toward Vredestein tires for myself!

    So Thanks everybody! Now I know what to do for that next machine, when the time comes.
    NEW - 2015 RT Limited SE6 Intense Red Pearl - 07/21/15
    Retained the old mirrors with TricLed Signals
    General Altimax RT43 rear tire (at 17,000 miles) Ran for 36,500 miles
    Michelin Defender rear tire (at 53,500 miles)
    Vredestein Quatrac 5 front tires (at 70,500 miles, first new fronts!)
    Gear Brake Decelerometer Module

    OLD - 2012 RT Limited SE5 Pearl White - 01/31/13 - Traded in at 32,600 miles.
    BajaRon Anti-sway Bar
    Kumho ECSTA AST rear tire (at 14,200 miles)
    TricLed Turn Signals in Mirrors

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