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Old 11-24-2007, 11:30 AM   #1
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KLR650 LED dash bulb replacement walk thru, evaluation and review

Enclosed is a step by step walk thru and review of dash LED bulbs. The intent of the mod is to replace those 3x incandescent dash bulbs which illuminate your tachometer, water temperature gage, and speedometer. The intent of the swap is to provide:
1. Vibration resistant bulbs
2. Low power bulbs
3. Long life bulbs

here you can see the illuminated dash. This mod will not replace the neutral light, which is another bulb style.

the 3x bulbs as delivered

from 194 wedge base 4 LED white

bulbs as removed from package

use these items to provide bench power and accurate electrical measurements.

fire up a bulb!

picture from afar

measure current. Right at .03899 amp

DC potential at 14.00 volts

each bulb consumes .55 Watts per bulb...or 1.65 watts total for all 3x....woohoo

gain access to the rear of your dash and you will need to pull the 3x stock OEM bulbs. Bulb 1 shown here.

bulb 2 here

bulb 3 here. Bulb 3 was the most difficult to access

pry wiggle the rubber bulb boot out of dash. It is not threaded so just pull/wiggle back

the OEM bulb

slides right out of socket

sophisticated LED next to old school tungsten filament

tungsten filament on

LED in

LED on

LED closeup side view

Right LED replaced

OEM = .387 inch

LED = .438 inch

height of OEM =.975 inch

both on same circuit

OEM bulb = .228 amp or 3.2 watts per bulb or 9.6 watts total

now for bulb 2

all 3x LEDs installed, hand covers the Neutral light

LED tail and LED licence illumination FYI
1. Easy mod
2. Saves ~8 watts
3. Trouble free life expected
4. Since I dumped the 400watt electrosport stator Im eeking out as much power to run my warmnsafe heated gloves and liner on the stock charging system
5. These are not quite as bright as the OEM, but illuminate enough to function.
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:21 PM   #2
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thanks for the evaluation and review. I've done the same thing on my instruments lights and found them not to be as bright as the stock bulbs, but good enough.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:12 PM   #3
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Did I miss it? What is the cost of this mod?

Inquiring KLR owners want to know.

Are the 5 and 6 led bulbs too big to fit?
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by DirtyDog
Did I miss it? What is the cost of this mod?

Inquiring KLR owners want to know.

Are the 5 and 6 led bulbs too big to fit?
You could look at the last time this exact same thread was posted.


I'll probably do this next time my dash light bulbs fail.

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