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Lower Driving/Cornering Lights Out

Recently purchased a nice 94 GL1500SE that needs a little TLC. I have several lights out on the front that need replacing. I assume the lower driving/cornering lights stay on with the headlight and are just burned out? (I haven't found a separate switch) Also the lights to each side of headlight need replacing. Do I access them following the headlight replacement instructions? How about accessing the lower lights?
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Not sure what year but the cornering lights on the older bikes come on with the turn lights.

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Not what I was expecting but went to check my bike, and they come on with the turn signals. Now I just feel stupid. Thanks for the help!
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Not what I was expecting but went to check my bike, and they come on with the turn signals. Now I just feel stupid. Thanks for the help!
I know the feeling all to well. Been there myself...too many times. FYI Some do wire them to stay on all the time if you prefer.

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on my '94 that I had, I changed them to stay ON all the time...

for me, it was just plain stupid that the only time they worked was with the turn signals. I also changed out the bulbs for brighter ones.

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Now I just feel stupid.
That's nuthin...I LOOK stupid!

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My '97 came with the cornering lights wired 'on' all the time. Makes sense to me. After a while, you'll get used to the additional light on the sides of your bike at night, and appreciate it. I also installed 35W bulbs to replace the 25W OEM bulbs. You can find them here.

http://www.elightbulbs.com/Eiko-4803...ive-Light-Bulb

At that price, get several for future replacement. Also, be sure the contacts in the socket are really clean and shiny. Any corrosion can lead to heat buildup, that can cause connection problems down the road. I use dielectric grease on the contacts to keep them that way, but that may be cause for discussion by others. It's what I do on all bulb contacts.

You may also want to look at LED's for the 'position' lights (both sides of the headlight). There are some really bright ones available that are a definite upgrade to the standard OEM bulbs, and last longer. I used bulbs similar to these.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...Specifications

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How big a job was it to change them to stay on all the time?
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I just did a search and came up with a lot of threads...

IIRC, you can clip just one wire and they will stay on?
maybe that is for "each side" ??


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I just did a search and came up with a lot of threads...

IIRC, you can clip just one wire and they will stay on?
maybe that is for "each side" ??


https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/...3068j3330178j8
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You can clip just one wire on each side(or better yet remove the terminal end from the relay plug and that way you can just plug it back in if you want to go back to stock.),but there have been reports of the Main Relay plug melting and causing problems especially if you add a higher watt bulb.There's a lot of stuff that is run by the Main relay.#3 I believe.You'd probably be fine with LED bulbs,but if not you would be better to add your own relays.

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