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Tip for those going LED in the GL1500 inst cluster

I made the conversion to mostly LED bulbs in the instrument cluster yesterday. There was a thread here a while back that detailed which bulbs, etc. The 'bikers workshop' section is correct in that you do not have to pull the entire top cover off.
My tip - Leave the battery connected and be careful of contact points. The two small LED bulbs (#74's) used to light the LCD panel are polarized, which means they only work one way in the socket. Install them, click the key 'on' one position and be sure you have them installed properly before re-assembling the stuff.
To get to the lower bulb remove the four screws holding the LCD panel on. You might have to remove the speedo and/or tach to get them out. I removed only the tach. The lower bulb can now be pulled and replaced with a pair of pliers. Worked dandy for me.
And I LOVE the bright panel now, and the fact that it draws a bit less current and runs cooler, nifty! I used LED's in all but the fuel level low light, blinker indicators, and cruise on/off. Those just got new regular bulbs. The only 'drawback' to the LED bulbs around the speedo/tach is that the light is more concentrated with the directional LED's, so it is real bright in four spots, but still brighter than before with the regular bulbs everywhere else.

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I think so John, I've edited the thread title. If I'm wrong, rpeters can change it again.

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See this link to a thread by Mr Magic Fingers about how he got rid of the "hotspots" of the LEDs when he put them in his gauge cluster.
Posts 8-11 are the relevant ones.
https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/...d-upgrade.html

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I think so John, I've edited the thread title. If I'm wrong, rpeters can change it again.
Oops. Forgot the site format changed a few things.
Thanks.

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While on the subject of LEDs, I replaced my side headlight bulbs with those stacked Leds tha are recommended all the time. Be aware, they don't REALLY fit perfectly. They are about 3/16ths longer than stock bulbs, and get hot enough to melt the little plated hexagon shaped reflector! I had to do extensive socket mods, using a soldering gun. It was not easy, but doable. I also think you have to "unseal" the headlight box to replace those reflectors. jimsjinx

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I previously used basic LED's in those spots next to the headlamps. I switched back to regular 5w bulbs, but used amber instead of white. I might get stronger ambers in there later but do not want to play with those sockets.
My next lighting project will be the running lights on the lowers. I want to get rid of those goofy 18w bulbs, replace with 1156 sockets and bright white or amber LED's.

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