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Staying busy is good for you Dan, keeps your mind working and not dwelling so much about Mollie.

Wish I could come up and visit with you, but afraid that is not in the schedule.

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The new style headlight finally showed up after a 16,000 mile trip from Melbourne Florida to Alaska and then back the Melbourne and then back again to Alaska due to an incorrect shipping address. So I got it converted to use the 55 watt 6000K hid retrofit with halogen high as those actuator driven capsule movement to simulate low and high beams seem to not last very long. Plus I removed the stem reflectors in the position light sockets to use a 6000K cree led bulb with lens.
The original cowl is two piece on the 93, I am using the later model chrome single pIece that I covered with 4d gold carbon fiber vinyl. There will be some further overlays later. Totally slipped by me that cowl required a special lower mount bracket, so I have one on the way from ebay.
So this is front of bike at this stage, after I finish that bracket and adjust windshield basically all that is left now is adjusting stuff, making a rain hood cover for the radio, some misc vinyl graphics and springtime.
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I am curious about this picture..
Is that a volt meter INSIDE the dashboard panel?
Can you share how you did this?
What volt meter you used, etc. ?

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I do believe that is just the LCD information panel, which at that point in time was only displaying the clock for 4:59 AM/PM

When the key is on, it fills up with more info. It is also used to display the am/fm radio information.

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It's a mini 3 numeral digital volt meter in blue, I get them from China for about $3 each or less, they are 30 mm by 10 mm by 8 mm thick, what I do is I take the instrument panel off, removed the front pieces and then on the very far right there Is an unused slot for an indicator light, with some patience and a small wire cutter, Dremel tool, a hot glue gun I inserted it in that slot, it will partially stick out into the cruise control slot but won't block it, It's tricky but you also have to cut part of the blacked out word age plastic as well, this is the second time I have installed one, did my 95 last winter, the voltmeter is adjustable for calibration.
On my 95 I connected it's source to the dash light circuit, adjusted for voltage drop, it works.

On the 93 I wired it directly to the accessory circuit so it goes on whenever the key is turned to first position or to run.

No its not easy for the average person, but it does look good, only way to be better would be to send a signal to the lcd.
I could probably wire a sending unit into the lcd feed if given enough time but if I do another gl1500 custom build I'm taking the dash and going totally digital or virtual gauges, the hot ticket in the near future is retro modding older cars, trucks and bikes with modern electronic and running gear.
I can easily get an lcd screen into the dash, use off the shelf diagnostic equipment used at many repair shops or something taken from a late model car, more than likely it would be just a diagnostic screen but permanently installed in the dash, my tool dealers sell them, you can download apps for the new cars to send you signals to your cell phone, it's not that hard to just use say a Samsung tablet, then you also have touchscreen everything else on your bike.


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Here is a pic with no power to dash.
And another of the meter, I cut those mounting tabs off.
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Here is a pic of the 98 clear style headlight with the position lights, the reflector were removed and a pair of cree 194 base projector lamp is installed, if you can also see is the bi xenon 55 watt 6000K hid with the halogen high beam, not the solenoid actuator type.
I love the new position lights, it's all I use in town, by themselves they are as useful as Daytime Running Lights.
I am in another holding pattern on the 93, just got some more parts in for the 85 Vmax and will be back on it, I do have new front and rear power sockets with dual usb outlets, one up in the left front pocket and another to go in the trunk along with the carpet, I also have the parts for my radio weather cover.
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An update, did this several nights ago, should look better in the daylight. Will be spraying some clear coat over it so it will last longer.
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It looks great,Dan! Keep us updated,eh?

"I can't fix it ,if it ain't broke...ya want me to break it, first???"
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Nothing new on any of the Goldwings, but I may be parting ways with the 2009 Star 1300 Tourer, got the battery charged up and got it running, seems like my attorney needs something more substantial than promises, I'm not riding this bike, registration expired in 2013 I believe, has only 2004 miles on it, made the last payment last week. Will be signing off the title to him possibly this weekend.

Well I tried to upload the video, won't go, mp4 format not supported it appears.
First time I ever made my own video.


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