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Old Today, 07:55 AM   #1
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rid light question

so i am looking for some info on the lights in my instrument cluster. i have swapped the bulbs in the speedo and tach to led and would like to do the same for the rid but... on quick inspection i don't see how. i glanced at the manual and i don't see anything about this. maybe i didn't look close enough or maybe the bulb is part of the rid housing and not meant to be replaceable?

any input or guidance is appreciated!
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I guess you have a 1150, the LED is welded on the RID board a few have done it but it is tricky job and you need to be very careful removing the old lights and welding the new ones.
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Pretty sure they are probably already LED.
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Old Today, 08:07 AM   #4
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yeah sorry, i am on an 1150gs. i figured it was not replaceable. oh well. and no there were no less on the rest of the lights anywhere on the bike. so far i have changed all turn signals, break lights, and now instrument cluster to led.
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Old Today, 10:50 AM   #5
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Bob, I am interested in swapping the OE instrument cluster incandescent bulbs to LEDs as you did.

Last time I was under the front instrument cover panel, I looked at those tiny wedge base bulbs. They are all black with age and barely light up the speedo and tach at night. I also would like to swap the indicator lamps for oil, turn, neutral and high beam and ABS leaving the alternator an incandescent for proper alternator operation.

How many lamps did you change? Also, where did you source the LEDs? Did you use the OE sockets or was surgery necessary?

Thanks.



BTW, my REProm for my '01 shows no external replacement bulbs for the RID. We're screwed. Also, I wonder about the lamp that illuminates the 4-way button on the LH side? Hmmmm.
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Yes, me too. I saw from your other thread you used T5 LED replacement bulbs for the instruments - are the bulbs from the TellTale Unit the same?
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Old Today, 12:21 PM   #7
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Will these work? Whaddya think?

http://www.ledlight.com/t5-74-wedge-...led-light.aspx
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I put in LEDs in the instrument cluster this winter. Found out this:

- There is no such thing as a white LED, it gets blue-whitish as best. A white LED for the green neutral indicator gives a blue-ish indicator. Better to use a green LED for green indicators, red LEDs for red indicators etc.

- You can get LEDs with different optics, a round top gives a more focused beam, a flat top gives a more scattered beam. I when for the latter, but can't say that if it really made any difference.

- I left the charging indicator bulb (3W) be, as it has a function helping the generator startup.

I went with red LEDs for the instruments - just could not resist. Nice.
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Old Today, 01:03 PM   #9
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Two leds in speedo. Two leds in tacho. They are 74 wedge bulbs and direct replacement for the incandescent bulbs. Get white leds. You don't need the high power leds, exceot perhaps for the city light in the headlamp.
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