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My LCD is too dull to readat night, & only readable during the day if the light is behind my head. At any other angle, reflections obliterate the text.

I've reviewed the indices & searches & pics of others who have replaced the backlights or updated them to LCD's. Compared to the instruments, the pics all seem to show the LCD as rather dull.

I don't get the impression the LCD is dying, but it is certainly getting on in years so maybe it is. Trying to see the clock or radio frequency by taking my eyes off the road long enough to get my head in the right position to overcome reflections etc is positively dangerous.

Is this just the nature of the beast or can stronger backlighting cure the problem?

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Hi Bob if the numbers are fading replacing the bulbs wont make any difference but as you are in a warm climate you may have a polymer haze over the lens that is when you have direct sunshine shining on the plasticdash board of your car you will get a coating on the windscreen like a dirty mist as the heat will lift the polymer coating off the dash it may be wise to remove the clocks and there is only 4screws holding the plastic cover on and clean all inside the glass and the clock-faces just be carefull with the gauges

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we dont get very warm weather here but my bike is a jap import but what i did not mention is when i removed the glass cover on the clocks it had the haze on the inside while it was not bad when i cleaned it the differencewas enormous


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There are a couple of blue capped bulbs that you can change out to make the LED screen more readable, by ether using blue LED bulbs, or just white bulbs, although I don't have the bulb #s on hand.

Hopefully someone else will be along shortly with that info for you.



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Thanks fellas.
Ok, I'll look into new bulbs. I am familiar with the bulb sizes etc, plenty of posts on them
Never thought of that coating on the inside of the glass though. You're right, the car inside windscreen needs a polish up every 4-8 weeks with that. I'll give that a good look.
My bike is a Japanese import too, but has lived in Queensland for the last 5 years or so & although I always shade the dash if I need too, who knows what happened before me.

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The bike does not have to be stationary for the haze to happen but it does increase the risk its got to do with the UV rays so while the bike is in the open it still does the same job

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Point taken - this is the UV capital of the world we're told. UV measures are given with the weather reports.

Might have to wipe the glass with my sunscreeny hand rather than wiping it on my jeans

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I suggest not using blue LED's to light the LCD screen. I tried that and it made it more difficult to read. I went back with just a clear regular bulb.

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Have you got the number and the type of bulbs for the LCD panel, Doug?

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Not right off hand Dusty...will look in the shop for the paperwork after work.

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Hey guys , try this topic. Hope it has awnsers for you..

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum1/111380.html

here is another...https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum4/112151.html

and another...https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/....php?id=108171

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