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wally
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Changing to LEDs

Postby wally » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:01 pm



I'd like to swap out the stock bulbs in my 82 gl1100 Aspencade; brake lights, turn signals, and dash lights to LEDs, does anyone have a list of the type I will need for each location? And a good location to purchase them! Thanks in advance for your help.



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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby trike lady » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:32 pm

The lights that draw the most are the running and brake lights and they are good candidates for conversion.
Turn signals that go LED require a 'Load Equalizer' and this unit allows the LED's to work properly, otherwise the LED's might blink too fast or not at all.
LED's come in a host of sizes, both single and dual function to the very small wedge bulbs. You'd want white/clear behind colored lenses.
Try here they have all types http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/ ... 2F1157.htm
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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:00 pm

If you replace your flasher relay with an Electronic version(sold at most every auto parts store) you dont need a load equalizer.I have been running LEDs all over my bike for a couple of years now with no flasher problems. The electronic flasher does not need a load to make it flash.
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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby miroku800 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:40 am

Be careful with changing the Flashers to LED as in my experience if you have self canceling flashers they stop working with the lower current draw

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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby wally » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:20 pm

Thanks to all with your replies! I've got my work cut out, I do have the self canceling turn signals and didn't know I could lose that function with the lower draw. I also intend to change the side reflectors with lighted LED markers and have been keeping an eye out for some decent looking lights.

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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:24 pm

Bought my LED's on eBay from seller ID - warden_jp2008
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby maestro319 » Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:47 pm

Ok cbx,...let's see some pics.

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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:27 pm

These are the tail/brake lights I used:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2pcs-115 ... 212wt_1167


Others have purchased from this same seller. I went with it based on recommendations I found here. Do a search for LED's and you'll find lots of info.
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Re: Changing to LEDs

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:05 am

you wont loose the self canceling feature ,(I didnt) Running LEDs all over using the electronic flasher relay.


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