How to replace your front turn signal bulbs


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How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:16 pm



Replacing burned-out front turn signal bulbs on a GL1500 is a fairly simple procedure, and can normally be done in 20 minutes or less. If one bulb has burned out, the other one is usually not far behind, so it's a good idea to do them both while you have things taken apart.

1. Raise the windshield adjuster levers on either side to the up position.

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2. Start to peel the rubber lip away from the mirror cover, beginning at the back and working upward.

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3. Continue peeling the rubber lip away from the plastic mirror cover all the way around until it is completely detached. Take note that at the bottom rear, the rubber must be pulled toward the rear of the bike in order to detach it - this should be done after all of the rest of the rubber has been detached.

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4. Gently pull the bottom of the mirror cover to unclip it from the fairing.

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5. While holding the rubber back, pull the mirror cover free of the fairing, and let it drop down.

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6. Expose and remove the two screws holding the chrome windshield trim in place (as shown). On 1994 and earlier Goldwings, remove the two screws holding the black plastic trim (below the windshield trim) in place and remove the black plastic trim.

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7. Remove the two screws holding the windshield trim.

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8. Slide the windshield trim to the right to unhook the lower tabs, then lift it away from the windshield.

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9. Remove the screw holding the turn signal assembly in the fairing.

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10. Gently remove the turn signal from the fairing. There is enough wire behind it that you can let it dangle down if need be.

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11. While holding the turn signal in one hand, gently turn the bulb socket counter-clockwise (left) until it stops, then pull it free of the turn signal.

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12. 1998, 1999 and 2000 Goldwings use a wedge bulb, Honda part number 34906-MN8-911 which is specified only as 12V23/8W. It can be replaced with any generic 7443 type automotive bulb. GL1500's earlier than 1998 use a standard 1157 type automotive bulb.

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13. On 1998, 1999 and 2000 Goldwings, simply pull the bulb out of the socket (you may need to wiggle it a bit). On GL1500's earlier than 1998, the bulb has a bayonet base: the bulb needs to be pushed in and rotated left (counter-clockwise). It will then release from the socket. To replace the bulb, reverse the procedure. You can also replace the bulb with an LED equivalent, as shown.

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14. Replace the bulb in the turn signal, and rotate it clockwise (to the right) until it locks in place.

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15. Replace the turn signal and screw it into place. Be careful not to over-torque the screw, as the plastic of the turn signal will crack.

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16. Engage the fairing tabs in the slots in the windshield fairing, and slide the windshield fairing to the left to lock it in place.

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17. Replace and tighten the screws holding the windshield fairing in place. If working on a 94 or earlier GL1500, replace the black plastic trim and the two screws holding it in place.

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18. Holding the rubber back on each mirror, slide each mirror cover back into place.

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19. Once in place, gently push each of the mirror cover clips until it latches onto the fairing.

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20. Hook the rubber over the rear of the mirror cover, then work the lip around the circumference.

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21. Once the rubber lip is around the circumference, push the locking tabs into their slots.

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22. Lower the windshield locking levers into their locked positions.

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby oldnco » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:10 am

I have a 92 Aspencade and I want to replace my turn signal bulbs. The normal is 1157, but you don't reference the replacement for it. I found 2 bayonet type 1157 replacements at superbrightled.com, but was wondering which do you recommend? Will the 45 led be too bright? Also orange or white? wanted to make sure these are right 2 to choose between.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo ... ower-/814/

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo ... tower/811/

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:32 pm

oldnco wrote:I have a 92 Aspencade and I want to replace my turn signal bulbs. The normal is 1157, but you don't reference the replacement for it. I found 2 bayonet type 1157 replacements at superbrightled.com, but was wondering which do you recommend? Will the 45 led be too bright? Also orange or white? wanted to make sure these are right 2 to choose between.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo ... ower-/814/

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo ... tower/811/

Thanx
Oldnco


There's no such thing as "too bright" - at least not (yet) when it comes to LED replacement bulbs. That may change one day as technology advances, but for now, pick the brightest bulb with the most LEDs on it that will physically fit in the space. And you want them in the same color as the lens, so in this case, you want amber.

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby oldnco » Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:37 am

Thanx WingAdmin, Ordered and on the way. Greatly appreciate your invaluable assistance and mentorship in all you do for us.

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby oldnco » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:59 pm

WingAdmin,
Got the new turn signal LEDs installed-checked them out. They blink twice as fast as they did with the old 1157 bulbs in. Is that ok?

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby simplypjm » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:34 am

Hello WingAdmin,
I have been reading a lot on the site about changing turn signals to LED's and discovered on SuperbrightLEDs.com an LF1-S-FLAT Universal LED flasher unit. I am not talented with a soldering iron and was hoping this would be an appropriate fix. Do you think it would work on a '96 GL1500 SE after I replace the 4 turn signal bulbs with LED's?

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/car-install-supplies/lf1-s-flat-universal-motorcycle-electronic-flasher/787/

thanks,
Peter

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:37 pm

Don't do this, or you will lose the turn cancelling functionality on your 1500 SE.

simplypjm wrote:Hello WingAdmin,
I have been reading a lot on the site about changing turn signals to LED's and discovered on SuperbrightLEDs.com an LF1-S-FLAT Universal LED flasher unit. I am not talented with a soldering iron and was hoping this would be an appropriate fix. Do you think it would work on a '96 GL1500 SE after I replace the 4 turn signal bulbs with LED's?

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/car-install-supplies/lf1-s-flat-universal-motorcycle-electronic-flasher/787/

thanks,
Peter

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby simplypjm » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:36 am

Hi WingAdmin,
I just came across this "Dual Load Equalizer" at Cyclemax. Do you know if this would work successfully with replacing turn signals with LED's on my 96' GL1500 SE?
http://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/dual_load_equalizer/120/241582
thanks,
Peter

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:25 pm

simplypjm wrote:Hi WingAdmin,
I just came across this "Dual Load Equalizer" at Cyclemax. Do you know if this would work successfully with replacing turn signals with LED's on my 96' GL1500 SE?
http://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/dual_load_equalizer/120/241582
thanks,
Peter


I'm not sure - I don't know what the resistance value of that unit is, and if it is enough (along with the LEDs) to do the job.

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Re: How to replace your front turn signal bulbs

Postby The Bus Driver » Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:18 pm

I was reading about changing out my position lights for leds,and I found the thread for that,but I would like to change out the turn signals at the same time.Do you have the bulb # you used for this change? I have a '98 SE.Thanks, The Bus Driver.




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