Tail light blowing bulbs every hour

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by biker_1450, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. biker_1450

    biker_1450 New Member

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    Hello Riders!...I am still new here so bare with me....I have a 01 FXDWG. I have ran into a nightmare with this issue...HELP!....I am replacing these 1157 tail light bulbs every 25 miles or so. Every else is fine...(headlight, blinkers, so on). Here is what i have done. I have checked the wires under the rear fender. I have cleaned the socket base. Checked for bad connection in the board on the tail lamp area. I am getting around 13.24 V off my battery at idle and around 14.26 at around 2000 RPMs. The bulbs are almost exploding. Two of them did and just had debree in the lamp housing. But once again I can install a new one and all is fine for a few miles or a hour of riding and POOF....Thanks in advance!
     
  2. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Wow! Check the voltage in any of your other light sockets. Are they that high too?.

    TQ
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    May be the bulb itself. If you have a dealer that is pinching pennies they use a standard 1157 instead of a heavy duty bulb that the bikes should be using. This could be your problem from the vibration in the bike.
     
  4. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    I've had good luck w/Sylvania LL (Long Life) bulbs.
     
  5. Hoople

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    I agree with Glider. Use a bulb from a different manufacture.