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Unread postby vtminibooks » Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:53 pm

Hello
Would someone please advise the correct headlight part number for a 1989 model? I found one post, on another LeSharo site, that stated it was a H4656but that is for a four light separate high/low system not the two light system found on my LeSharo. The current bulbs are Sylvania's with 2EI in thecenter of the bulb. They are working but have a very limited range of light/brightness projecting down the road. I'd like to install some that punch into the darkness and give me a greater field/depth of vision for night driving.


Additionally, has anyone installed an upgrade kit that replaces the older sealed beam with a housing unit and then the newer halogen bulb/light units are inserted into the back of the housing? I saw some offered on line while trying to find a source for replacement sealed beams.

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Re: Headlights

Unread postby lsrschoppe » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:41 pm

Hi Sherry, The bulb number you mentioned is in fact used on the 87 up
Hbody. In the two bulb system, one of the two bulbs on each side is a high
beam only bulb, the other is a high and low beam bulb which is the one we
use.. You might also note that on the original bulb the three connector posts
are not concentric, one post is rotated and sets off a small amount from
the other two posts.
You can buy the high/low bulb, then check if the plug for the bulb fits.
If it is, that's the right one. That bulb is different, some parts stores
might not carry them in stock. There are several grades of the light
bulb, some considerably brighter than the rest. I have them in my 87 up
motorhomes but they aren't here at home.
I think maybe that they used the smaller bulbs to make the vehicles appear
larger. The earlier Hbody's also used the square/oblong bulbs but they
are much larger.
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Re: Headlights

Unread postby RonOhler » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:58 pm

Hi,
They've made sealed beam headlights with a halogen inner bulb for 30 years or more. Nice thing about those is that the glass reflector is pretty accurately made and the lens does not cloud and yellow like plastic will. You also get to keep using the stock heavy duty electrical connector. Many of the aftermarket headlight assemblies are made in poorly manufactured molds and while they look good - the reflector does not focus the beam accurately.
Make sure you know what you're buying.
Have you checked the ground wire on the lights? I find it surprising that you're saying yours are not up to snuff as the higher placement should make them reach out a bit better. It might be that they are not aligned properlyand a bad electrical connection has them dim.
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Re: Headlights

Unread postby Rick Heslop » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:50 pm

Hi,
My headlights were original and even though they worked and were in good aim, they were dim. Upon closer examination I found the inside of the fixture had gotten cloudy, typical of a twenty year old bulb.
Went to Autozone and they had them on the shelf. Good as new.
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Re: Headlights

Unread postby vtminibooks » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:19 pm

Hi Larry,

Okay, just to be clear, the H4656 H4 is the correct headlight bulb?

Also, I will check the ground wire as suggested once I get the RV back fromMidas. It needed quite a bit of exhaust work, a tune up, and the timing belt replaced (what fun it was finding a water pump). Plus the tech also discovered that the muffler for the generator is completely blown away.

Crossing my fingers that, in the end when I finally get this RV on the road, all the money I've invested in it (much more than I thought when I boughtit) will prove worth the cost.

Concerned,
Sherry




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Re: Headlights

Unread postby Rick Heslop » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:07 am

Sherry,
These little RVs are a lot of fun. It is all in maintaining the unit as with any vehicle.
Curious to the price of the generator muffler as I believe they are not a common item.
Btw the water pump as listed in the Files under Cooling Systems appears to be fairly common, usually in stock or a day or two delivery.
Let us know how things progress for you.
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Re: Headlights

Unread postby lsrschoppe » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:57 am

Hi again Sherry,
I don't really know where you might obtain a muffler for the Kohler 2500
generator. They are extremely hard to find through the normal channels and
the last I heard were around (sit down) $400.00 each. It is almost
mandatory to have a good exhaust system or your camping neighbors won't like you,
the Kohler is known to be noisy. I hope someone on this Group will know
where to find one at a reasonable price.
I have several Kohler's that I have decided to part out if you ever
need parts, Have starters but no carburetors or usable mufflers.. If anyone
needs parts, contact me.
Larry S.

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Re: Headlights

Unread postby scott.edwards » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:11 am

Hi Sherry,

The weakest link of the drivetrain is the transmission. You might want to make sure it's fluid is changed, filter for it is nla, it's a cleanable type anyway. The final drive fluid should be changed at the same time, free up the filler bolt before you drain it, a lot of times it,s very tight.Check the final drive and transmission fluid at EVERY oil change.
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Re: Headlights

Unread postby lsrschoppe » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:04 am

Yes, right bulb. You are gonna fall in love with your H-body once you get
it driving. The servicing is so very important, I would do without lunch
in order to afford the gear oil and other fluids it takes. And I love to
eat.
Have a good one,
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Re: Headlights

Unread postby Scott » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:23 pm

Yup, as everyone else has confirmed..... this is the light you require!

Lighting - Front Headlights
H4656 H4 - 6-1/2" x 4" (165mm x 106mm) Hi/Lo beam 2 lamp system

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