How to replace your cornering light bulbs


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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by JackfromCT » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:35 am



Finally getting around to doing this mod on my 88. Currently, I have them stock corning lights on a switch. Unfortunately, they draw too many amps to keep on all of the time and I'm always worried about draining the battery at stops or long idles. This LED solution should solve that problem nicely. Great write-up. Thank you.



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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by pilot1950 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:53 am

WingAdmin wrote:
pilot1950 wrote:Great tutorial. New member hear but I've been reading here for quite a while. I did this mod on my 99 Aspy last week. I had the newer style lights / sockets but followed the instructions. The lights work fine. Now, I have strange behavior in the turn signals. When the bike is stationary, key on but not running, the turn signals and flashers work fine. After starting the bike, they work fine until I start to roll. Then they won't come on at all. If I stop, turn off the key and turn back on (no start), they again work fine. Start again, they work fine. Start to roll, don't work. (Don't work means they don't come on or flash) This seems to repeat as many times as I go through this process. Wondering if this is related to the speed sensor circuit and / or timing circuit in the flashing system? I'm wondering if this is maybe some type of a hybrid / transition model that was initially intended to have the lights only on when cornering and, thus, effecting the turn signals somehow??? Any ideas? On the left side harness, there seems to be a jumper that is installed in the harness just above the plugs for the cornering lights. Is this on all of them? Could probably take a pic if it would help. I'm just grasping at straws here.
That sounds more like something to do with the turn cancelling circuit - it's the only common piece between the speed sensor and the turn signals.

The jumpers installed on the relays are to keep your cornering lights on all of the time, instead of just when you're turning.
Thanks guys. After lots of checking, replaced turn signal switch on handlebar and all is well. Had tried cleaning internally but guess it was just plain worn out.

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by Brainbender » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:30 pm

Ordered the H3s today. Can't wait to make this change. 8-)

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by wingerdinger » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:11 pm

I want to thank you for the excellent article to replace the lights with LEDs.
That being said, here is my experience.
I have a 1999 GL1500, set up for driving lights. I had the Halogen bulbs in there, and they were on a switch so I can easily compare the lighting when on verses off.
I found that the halogen bulbs gave me a good amount of light to the sides of my bike, so I could see the ditches better. I live in an area that has a lot of deer and other critters, so it was safer with the halogen.
The LEDs don't really provide enough light so enhance night driving. They are, however, very white compared the the other lights on the front of the bike, so it does help for other drivers so see me in the daytime.
Thanks again for a great installation article.

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:03 pm

I have news about just that (LED vs halogen)...but I'm not allowed to say anything yet. :)

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by Mag » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:24 pm

Hmmm, and here I am looking for winter projects for the bike, obviously I will have to wait.

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by Cantankerous » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:00 am

I see this thread after I bought several of the oddball replacement lamps!

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by SgtCharlie » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:18 am

Ok, so I just got my SuperBriteLED's in my bike and it was a FREAKIN' Nightmare!

So here's how it went. I've got a 1995 GL 1500 SE and the lights are not at all like the ones in this DIY article. The plastic housing is built around the metal socket and then that it screwed into place on the back of the light fixtures. So when the new LED was placed into the socket with the spring, the spring just pushed it out into the light. There's nothing to stop the light from just falling into the fixture. Then, one of the leads from the LED came off of it's own accord (ok, I may have pulled on it too hard).

So to combat all this, I soldered on a new wire to the resistor where the original wire lead fell off, and then I ended up soldering the ground wires to the metal frame of the LED's because I just scrapped using the spring all together. I used one of the rubber water-proofing sockets to put rear-pulling tension on the LED so it wouldn't just wiggle around in the fixture.

All-in-all, it wasn't really that hard to accomplish, I'm just super happy that I have the skill and tools to solder. Without that, I'd have to have returned one of the lights and I'm not sure what I would have done to ground it.

I'll insert some photo's in a little while.
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by Rocketman1709 » Sat May 24, 2014 10:59 pm

Thanks for the excellent photos and how to instructions, I just completed the bulb change out
You made it a really simple project!
Thanks bunches :)

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by Uncle Fester » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:50 am

Great write up, Thanks !

I do have a question, I looked at the LED link you provided, and I see they offer them in Cool White, the one you used ( I assume ), and also in Blue and Amber. What are your thoughts on doing this mod using the Amber LEDs ?

I am using my lights more for "See Me" lights not fog or driving lights. Thank you in advance.
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:26 pm

They would certainly work, and it's perfectly legal to have forward-facing amber lights.
Uncle Fester wrote:Great write up, Thanks !

I do have a question, I looked at the LED link you provided, and I see they offer them in Cool White, the one you used ( I assume ), and also in Blue and Amber. What are your thoughts on doing this mod using the Amber LEDs ?

I am using my lights more for "See Me" lights not fog or driving lights. Thank you in advance.

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by vantage2 » Mon May 25, 2015 8:59 pm

excellent article.. amazing how to pics... I have an "89 GL1500... yup.. an "89!!.. the bike is in mint condition. the cornering lights are burnt... does anyone know for sure that this "how to" will work on the "89 GL1500 before I take it all apart??
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by rwsedler » Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:17 pm

i was looking at cyclemax would this LED work with no modification required SCML50WC-2
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by NVSB4 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:30 pm

It all depends on what your socket looks like.
With your 99, it would probably be this one without the -2. It's made for the 98-2000 SE models.
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by T_birdman » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:50 am

WingAdmin wrote:I have news about just that (LED vs halogen)...but I'm not allowed to say anything yet. :)
I just finished adding the lights in the lower cowl as "always on driving lights", using this DIY article as a guide, installing the Cyclemax kit with the Halogen lamps, and once again I have to thank Wing Admin for your excellent articles! The instructions that came with the kit were a bit vague regarding the 4-pin connector but I got it up and running.

I was wondering what news you had that you can't say anything about yet considering your quote was back in 2013, was it mentioned in another post somewhere?

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:35 am

T_birdman wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:I have news about just that (LED vs halogen)...but I'm not allowed to say anything yet. :)
I just finished adding the lights in the lower cowl as "always on driving lights", using this DIY article as a guide, installing the Cyclemax kit with the Halogen lamps, and once again I have to thank Wing Admin for your excellent articles! The instructions that came with the kit were a bit vague regarding the 4-pin connector but I got it up and running.

I was wondering what news you had that you can't say anything about yet considering your quote was back in 2013, was it mentioned in another post somewhere?
It was most likely these LED replacement lights - very high output (50 watt equivalent):

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/50_watt ... /83/270155



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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by johnfliesagain » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:26 pm

Thanks! WingmanAdmin

I just replaced mine with bulbs, sold as a pair from www.SoCalMotoGear.com their number L50WC 1. the single tab fit perfectly, and no modifications were needed.
They charged for the pair of buls and 4.00 something for flat rate shipping, but really sent it by second day USPS, and it got to the East Coast from city of Industry CA in two days. They didn't charge me extra. Nice guys.

sold as a pair imagine that! The baggie that they came in does carry the PathfinderLED logo on the bag.

Good Instructions, easy, time consuming to do. And now I know why the fuse burned out from the prior bulbs!

Now the next step LEDing he head light the cornering lights are SOOOOO bright!
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by GaryRC4 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:18 pm

Dear WingmanAdmin,
I installed one of those new 50W equivalent plug and play LED bulbs that you mentioned, and neither one worked. I reinstalled the original incandescent bulb, and it worked fine. I tried switching them back and forth several times, testing it each time, hoping it would work, but to no avail. I'm wondering what's up with that? Any ideas?
The bulb receptacle has only one contact in the base, and uses the three-tab base of the bulb, itself, as the rest of the circuit path. Could the center contact be located in the wrong position? If so, is there a way to change it to the alternate position? It didn't seem obvious to little ol' me. The bulb can only go in one way, due to the relative angles of the three tabs on the base.
I would sincerely appreciate your assistance, as it is too late, now, to return the bulbs for a refund.

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by NVSB4 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:30 am

GaryRC4 wrote:The bulb receptacle has only one contact in the base, and uses the three-tab base of the bulb, itself, as the rest of the circuit path.
Strange, when my sockets had only one contact in the base it was because the other had burned out. I had to replace both sockets for it to work.
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:25 am

GaryRC4 wrote:Dear WingmanAdmin,
I installed one of those new 50W equivalent plug and play LED bulbs that you mentioned, and neither one worked. I reinstalled the original incandescent bulb, and it worked fine. I tried switching them back and forth several times, testing it each time, hoping it would work, but to no avail. I'm wondering what's up with that? Any ideas?
The bulb receptacle has only one contact in the base, and uses the three-tab base of the bulb, itself, as the rest of the circuit path. Could the center contact be located in the wrong position? If so, is there a way to change it to the alternate position? It didn't seem obvious to little ol' me. The bulb can only go in one way, due to the relative angles of the three tabs on the base.
I would sincerely appreciate your assistance, as it is too late, now, to return the bulbs for a refund.
I'd definitely check the contacts in the base, there should be two there, along with the ring (which is ground). I did have worn ones like NVSB4 showed in his pictures as well - perhaps it isn't contacting the correct contact?

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by Rhorn » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:01 pm

Hi every one, I'm in the process of changing these bulbs to leds. By the way from the harness, in the same "plastic pipe" as the corner light wires (red and green) there is a pair of black and grey wires wich are cut and not connected. It looks that these are available wire for extra options from the origine. Does someone know what these black and grey "available" wires were made for and where they come from ?
With the corner light this is 4 wires arriving and this could be used to power interrresting corner bulbs with for example 3 colors, white, blue, orange, to choose from a switch...
Any idea ?

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by mlsprowl@yahoo.com » Sun May 01, 2016 11:20 pm

the H3-WHP9-LED bulb has been discontinued and they are out of stock. looks like these bulbs were $7.99US. The bulbs at the start of the article are $50.00 a piece. a far cry from $7.99. what other bulbs would you recommend (LED)

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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by NVSB4 » Mon May 02, 2016 1:47 am

mlsprowl@yahoo.com wrote:the H3-WHP9-LED bulb has been discontinued and they are out of stock. looks like these bulbs were $7.99US. The bulbs at the start of the article are $50.00 a piece. a far cry from $7.99. what other bulbs would you recommend (LED)
First, welcome to the forum.
Cyclemax has the cornering bulbs for $25 each, or $50 for the set.
They also have the position light bulbs for $25 each, or $50 for the set.
Agreed that they are more expensive, but they are a direct fit without any trouble.
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by RBGERSON » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:22 pm

One thing i just replaced my cornering light because I thought the bulb was burnt out..but it wasn't..whomever put the bulb in did not line up the little tab that holds the socket in place so that the bulb's contacts line up with the socket's contacts..make sure you have that litel tab in the right spot.
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Re: How to replace your cornering light bulbs

Post by offcenter » Wed May 03, 2017 3:41 pm

Score another one for GoldwingDocs!
Just replaced the cornering lights on my '99 with LEDs.
Won't know how much brighter they are until I take it out at night,
but they sure look cool.
The whole project took less than an hour!
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