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The pictures below show the difference between the OEM side light bulbs and an LED equivalent I am installing today. The difference is huge, in fact, it's difficult to see the OEM orginal on the left as you look is actually on but it is!

I've attached an eBay link to show the type of bulb I'm using which are only £2.79 for the pair.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-Pure-W...arts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item53f375f5c3
 

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Wow that is really bright John. You will probably need to find white light headlight bulbs to make them all look similar.
 

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Wow that is really bright John. You will probably need to find white light headlight bulbs to make them all look similar.
They are whiter than main headlight which still has standard H4's but I can't decide whether to switch them for LED H4's. I've read that the LED H4's do not light up the road at night as well as incandescent bulbs.
As it stands now my side lights show up well in the day to be seen by others and I still have good night vision so I may leave them like that.
 

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Did the same to my 97' SE a couple of years ago, it does look good. You can never have to much light, front and back.

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The finished job with the headlight on dip beam to show the colour difference.
 

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I had the LEDs in the position lights in my 99SE for the past year, but they didn't survive the crash nor the headlight, fairing(all front plastics are toast), forks, triple tree, wheel.
Yes the LEDs are brighter and seen better, if the cage drivers eyes are focused and open, not distracted.

I would put in HID Bi-xenon H4 bulbs and slim ballast kits if you want to see the road in front of you better.
 

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John, do you have LED's in your cornering/running lights as well?
Allan. No I don't yet. Do you know which ones would be best?
 

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I have LED's in my cornering lights and they are much better,

I posted a how-to on the site a couple of years ago, If I get some time I will go look for it.

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I had the LEDs in the position lights in my 99SE for the past year, but they didn't survive the crash nor the headlight, fairing(all front plastics are toast), forks, triple tree, wheel.
Yes the LEDs are brighter and seen better, if the cage drivers eyes are focused and open, not distracted.

I would put in HID Bi-xenon H4 bulbs and slim ballast kits if you want to see the road in front of you better.
Thanks Stu for the tip on the HID Bi-xenon. I'll look into getting some of them. Do they need higher rated fuses or anything? My bike is standard with the chinese alternator!!!!
 

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I have LED's in my cornering lights and they are much better,

I posted a how-to on the site a couple of years ago, If I get some time I will go look for it.

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That would be a big help, thanks a lot
 

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Thanks a lot Allan. I'm going to get those bulbs and give it a go.
 

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I would put in HID Bi-xenon H4 bulbs and slim ballast kits if you want to see the road in front of you better.[/QUOTE]

Stu. I would prefer whiter brighter main headlight bulbs but haven't got a clue what a ballast kit is. Is there a link anywhere on this site showing how to do it? I haven't found one yet. Thanks for the suggestion.

Allan. I've just fitted led bulbs to the lower cornering lights and you are right, they do look better
 

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Sorry double post...new phone!
 

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I would put in HID Bi-xenon H4 bulbs and slim ballast kits if you want to see the road in front of you better.
Stu. I would prefer whiter brighter main headlight bulbs but haven't got a clue what a ballast kit is. Is there a link anywhere on this site showing how to do it? I haven't found one yet. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Hi.

It's not on this site, but I found the discussion pointed to below quite informative. Maybe you'll find it useful too. The HID kit (including slim ballasts) which is mentioned seems to be a fairly good fit for the GL1500, but you'll also maybe discover in your readings that this is a contentious and recurring topic, like oil, coolant or tires . My current stance is not to use HID on my bike, because the stock headlight optics aren't designed for it and also because it doesn't seem like you can get away with it as easily in Europe as you can in the US.

http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12118

PS: I'm sure you'll also find other discussions on this topic if you use the search button on this forum (third option from the right towards the top of this page).
 

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put hid's in my 1500 and wow, loving them
 

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I would put in HID Bi-xenon H4 bulbs and slim ballast kits if you want to see the road in front of you better.
Stu. I would prefer whiter brighter main headlight bulbs but haven't got a clue what a ballast kit is. Is there a link anywhere on this site showing how to do it? I haven't found one yet. Thanks for the suggestion.

Allan. I've just fitted led bulbs to the lower cornering lights and you are right, they do look better[/QUOTE]

Hi John, I have also done the mod for the cornering lights, and changed the sidelight bulbs for Led's. I also have HIDs fitted. I found the standard headlights to be very poor, I had some other work done by Dave Partridge in Telford, and had him fit the HID's at the same time. Far, far, better.
 

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Thanks for all the responses. I've found some more info since posting and the whiter light does look tempting.
 
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