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Old 01-10-2017, 12:24 PM
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

Or you can sit on the bike at night and see what happens... bummer, I know, but there it is.

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Or you can sit on the bike at night and see what happens... bummer, I know, but there it is.

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I'm afraid that if I just sit on it, I'll start making motorcycle noises and my wife will think a little less of me
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Thanks for tutorial!
Here's my final effect:


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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

You went with white LED's for the clocks? (hard to tell in some pictures)
I like the look.
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You went with white LED's for the clocks? (hard to tell in some pictures)
I like the look.


Exactly, white COB LED, price about 0.30$ each
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

Were you able to dim the blue high beam LED?
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

I used the lower wattage blue LED in my high beam and it is still too bright. Also my neutral light stays on. I did not replace the one bulb like the instructions said, so it looks like I will take it back apart and play with it some more.
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

I went with a low power blue LED, too. Some sort of filter is needed. I wonder if putting a piece of paper or two over the LED would get the job done.

Does the neutral light stay on in neutral? Typically, the problem is the neutral light comes on while in gear, and goes out when in neutral. If you left a regular lamp in the charging light position, I'd think about checking appropriate wiring (see Clymers for the wiring diagram, spelling out the details).
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

It worked fine before the LED change, so I would say the wiring is fine. The light stays on and flashes bright for an instant every time I switch gears. I'm pretty sure I left the charge light as an incandescent bulb, but may have gotten off by one light while looking at the front and back. I'll check it out sometime. It doesn't bother me too bad right now.
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It worked fine before the LED change, so I would say the wiring is fine. The light stays on and flashes bright for an instant every time I switch gears. I'm pretty sure I left the charge light as an incandescent bulb, but may have gotten off by one light while looking at the front and back. I'll check it out sometime. It doesn't bother me too bad right now.

Yeah, I had to keep incandescent bulbs in both the charging and Neutral lights. No problems for me with this configuration. I originally tried it the way you have it now, and had the same issue.
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At least neither is used a lot. :)
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

I undertook this mod on my 2001 Mandarin Taxi today. I went with the green and thought I'd post a before and after pic. Don't think green has been posted before. Huge difference. As an older guy (55) I am starting to have difficulty quickly switching my focus from the road to my instrument cluster during night time driving.

Since the color of the light from the headlight and the instrument panel were relatively the same color it took me a split second to change my focus. The contrast of the change in color makes it much easier to instantly change my focus from the road illuminated by a white headlight to the green of the instrument cluster. Additionally, I placed white LEDs in the turn signal indicators. Makes it impossible to ignore at night and brightens them up a bit for daytime driving. I left all other warning lights alone.
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

Interesting. They're not as "lettuce green" as I thought they might be.
I changed my warning lights, but I think you've got a point about leaving them alone.
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Interesting. They're not as "lettuce green" as I thought they might be.
I changed my warning lights, but I think you've got a point about leaving them alone.

I'm very happy with the change. Its actually a safety enhancement for me. I'm a Ford guy and this makes the cluster look like the Ford clusters that i am used to on automobiles. I was hesitant to change the color and almost went with the white at first. I'm glad to be green.
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

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Yeah, I had to keep incandescent bulbs in both the charging and Neutral lights. No problems for me with this configuration. I originally tried it the way you have it now, and had the same issue.

I finally had some time to take a look at the neutral light. Replaced the LED with a regular bulb and its fixed.
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

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Were you able to dim the blue high beam LED?


Here's an idea on how to dim any of these LED indicator lights. SuperBrightLEDS has a very small (<2" long) LED Controller for $6.95. This can easily be wired into the bulb circuit and the brightness can be set/controlled by a button on it to 10 levels down from 100%. It can also be set to flash 9 different patterns or MODES, including NONE, and at 10 different speeds.

I put one of these on my brake light when I installed the LEDs. It works very well flashing the brake light.

ttps://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...mer/1082/2573/

They also have this LED Controller with an RF Wireless Remote ($10.95) so that adjustments can be made after the dash panel is installed.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...ote/1370/3140/


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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

I just found the vid of the different "modes" of the controller in my post above. This short vid shows very clearly what this little controller can do; modes, brightness, flashing speeds.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more.../Photos&Videos

I've ordered the controller and instrument LED's from SuperBright and will post a follow-up when I've completed the install. Adding a controller to the brake light, too.

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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

I got several colors of the 7-lumen dash LED's, 74-x-car (green, red, white) from SuperBright and installed them Friday evening. I like the green best and they were not too bright and it was midnight so I did not install the dimmer/controller as planned. I LIKE 'EM.

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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

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I got several colors of the 7-lumen dash LED's, 74-x-car (green, red, white) from SuperBright and installed them Friday evening. I like the green best and they were not too bright and it was midnight so I did not install the dimmer/controller as planned. I LIKE 'EM.

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Concur on the green color. Did mine awhile back. Darn glad I did.
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

For those of you who wanted to see the brighter blue LEDs. I just installed them on mine. Here's a comparison. The first two are with the lights off in the shop and the last one is with the lights on. I don't know if it will show up that bright in daytime driving yet as it was 21:00 here when I got them installed.
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Re: Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster

After all those years (been three years I think now), I still prefer white leds over coloured one. It is just a personal taste I guess. ;-)
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For those of you who wanted to see the brighter blue LEDs. I just installed them on mine. Here's a comparison. The first two are with the lights off in the shop and the last one is with the lights on. I don't know if it will show up that bright in daytime driving yet as it was 21:00 here when I got them installed.
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I like the blue, it sort of looks as if it's liquid filled. It's easier on the eyes, no glare. I had a 1977 Suzuki 750, it has an orange glow, I loved it.

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