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post #111 of 124 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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It's all good. I just went out and pulled off the clutch lever and perch, brought them upstairs and let them have an hour or so being sprayed by the parts washer. Mostly cleaned out the gross sight glass, and got rid of the rest of the nastiness in the reservoir. Probably tomorrow I'll bleed the clutch again and get rid of all the bad fluid I thought already did.

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So today was mostly dedicated to cleaning a corner of the barn out to make room for a new tool, but I did a little bit of wingwalking. My rear turn signal LEDs came in so they were installed and the back end tucked back together. I ordered some rubber edging for the shelter which turned out to be exactly the wrong size so I peeled the OEM stuff off the parts bike and the spare piles and glued it on. Then I reinstalled the shelter and figured now was a good time to patch the holes in the stock speaker grilles and get them installed. No stereo or speakers for now, honestly I've never heard a song as pleasing as the sound of a properly running motorcycle so I'm in no hurry there.
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Literally the last LEDs for the wing arrived so i installed them. As of now the only incandescent bulb on the wing is the low fuel light. I'll try to get an ammeter reading tomorrow to see how much current the LEDs pull. Pics show running lights, the turn signal is a much larger difference between stock and LED but really doesn't photograph well.
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Literally the last LEDs for the wing arrived so i installed them. As of now the only incandescent bulb on the wing is the low fuel light. I'll try to get an ammeter reading tomorrow to see how much current the LEDs pull. Pics show running lights, the turn signal is a much larger difference between stock and LED but really doesn't photograph well.

Do NOT replace the Low Fuel light with an LED.


it simply will NOT work at all. The circuit requires the filament current of the bulb to work properly. The sender is a varistor that heats up, and the resistance value lowers as the fuel drops below the sensor. ( it has a Negative temperature coefficient )



The fuel is what keeps it cool, and the resistance value high enough the bulb won't light up.

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So I tried an LED there and my issue was that the circuit leaks enough current that the LED never went out. It'd start out bright then drop to a dimmer but still very noticeable brightness, which is why I took the dash apart again and reinstalled an incandescent in that location.
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So I tried an LED there and my issue was that the circuit leaks enough current that the LED never went out. It'd start out bright then drop to a dimmer but still very noticeable brightness, which is why I took the dash apart again and reinstalled an incandescent in that location.
There are NO circuit LEAKS, it is a series resistor with the filament of the bulb, pure and simple.... only two parts complete the circuit....
from +12 to lamp, to sensor, to Ground.

that is the full circuit..... the sensor at its' highest resistance allows more current thru than the LED needs to light up.

Game over, you can't use a LED for the Low Fuel Light without redesigning the whole darn thing, and to what purpose??? all the lamp does it glow when the fuel is low.

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Went through my spare goldwing parts and found another speedo drive, so that got a good washing and regrease. Then I figured I may as well throw the front lowers on to see how they look. I'm not a fan, but maybe it'll grow on me.
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Then I figured I'd stop putting it off and clean up the paint on the fairing a bit. Clay bar, rubbing compound, polishing compound, polish and glaze. First two pics show the side I did all that on, second two show the side I only clayed.

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