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 Post subject: LED Instrument Bulb Installation
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:57 pm 
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While you have the bodywork off to replace the incandescent headlight and 1156/1157 bulbs with LED bulbs (see LED H4 Headlight Bulb Installation and LED 1156&1157 Bulb Installation topics), you ought to change your incandescent instrument bulbs for the cool factor.

I replaced all but one incandescent instrument bulbs with color LEDs as follows:

Tach, Speedo, Temp, Fuel: Blue
Turn Arrows: Amber
Oil Pressure: Red
Side Stand: Amber
Neutral: Green
High Beam: not replaced but I should have

I used 35 lumens 1 SMD 194 minature wedge retrofit LED bulbs $4 each from SuperBrightLeds.

While you have all the bodywork removed to install your 3800 lumens LED headlight bulb, take a moment to replace the instrument bulbs. You'll want a Phillips screwdriver and some silicone grease.

Starting with the Blues, you're looking for black rubber plugs with Green and Brown/White wires. Gently twist a bit and then pull the rubber plug out. Remove the incandescent bulb and insert the LED bulb. The bulbs are polarity-sensitive so turn the ignition on and see if it illuminates. If not, pull the bulb out, rotate it 180 degrees and push it back in. If it still doesn't work I guess you will have to live with the incandescent bulb. Put a little silicone grease on the rubber plug, being careful to keep it off the bulb, and push that puppy back in.

To access the bulbs near the tachometer you will have to remove a wire harness clamp. Use the Phillips to remove the self-tapping screw. You might have to pull the two connectors from their clip but you don't have to disconnect them.

The remaining bulbs are similar but with different wire colors. Make sure you always do a polarity check! You don't want to take the bodywork off again to rotate a bulb.

Some people think an LED Neutral and High Beam are too bright. YMMV.

--Rating: 2 stars -- nice to have (looks cool)!

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