Oh - THAT guy...
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lowell, Oregon, USA
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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Most recent Wing: 128k+ on the 2000 GL1500 SE (Just totaled) due to being rear-ended...
Current ride (for now) 2015 Triumph Trophy SE
Avatar- 1963 Kenskill trailer
Previous wings: '78GL1000, 13k mile '77 GL1000 (resto at home, neat story!), '81 GL1100 Interstate.
Previous non-wings: CB360T, Suzuki GS550L, Yamaha 650 spcl (first bike!), Silverwing 500, Yamaha Spectre 1100, VFR700F, CB900 Custom.