LED UPGRADE


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LED UPGRADE

Postby stevenstrack » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:25 am



To upgade to the LED bulbs, do these bulbs have the same connection as standard bulbs and if so what part numbers do i need and where is the best place to buy them? They would be for a 1983 GL1100I.



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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:53 am

The LED bulbs have the same bayonet bases - you just pop the old bulbs out, and put the LEDs in their place.

Have a look at this message for the ones I put in my 1100 (and that I would recommend): LED Lights for 1100. I tried quite a few different LEDs and those were the best and brightest.

Keep in mind that you will have to replace your flasher with an electronic flasher in order for the turn signals to function with LED bulbs.

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Re: LED UPGRADE BULB COST

Postby stevenstrack » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:27 am

WingAdmin,
The link for the bulbs that you posted on ebay cost $22.00, all the messages imply $2.00 from other readers imply $2.00. What is the actual cost for these bulbs. If I replace both turn signal front and rear thats 4 bulbs, and the tail light brake light is x2. So i need six? And are they all the same type?

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby blackbird » Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:57 pm

I ordered some LED's from the same eBay site as Wingadmin, only to find out that mine on the '83 GL1100 are different. Here is the web site( http://wardenjp.com/). Take the time to pull the bulbs out that you are replacing and check their site for the proper replacements, because some are single contact points on the base and some are double contact points. They have been very accommodating, and I returned the wrong bulbs (to Hong Kong: only cost about $4.60 postage). They replaced the bulbs I need and I had to pay postage from them to me (via Pay pal $5.60). It does take about 2.5 weeks to get the order. it was my mistake for ordering the wrong bulbs, so take the time to check out their site.

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:37 am

There are two types of bulbs: 1156 and 1157. 1156 are single contact, single-filament, and are used in the rear turn signals only. 1157 are dual contact, dual filament, and are used in applications that show both dim and bright: both front turn signals, and the brake/running lights.

So you need:

Two amber 1156
Two amber 1157
Two red 1157

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby spiderjack » Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:19 pm

I had originally put some leds from superbrightleds.com in my brake light, but they were way dimmer than the light bulbs, so I put the light bulbs back.

I saw those leds on ebay that wingadmin talked about, and wasn't going to get them because they were a bit more expensive than other leds I've seen online...but I decided to give it a try, and ordered them a couple of weeks ago. I put them in last night, and boy are they bright! Way brighter than the light bulbs, and they light up the whole lens instead of just red circles like the other leds did. So I can recommend them! I will probably put them in my turn signals too when I get some more spare cash...

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby norseman47 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:36 pm

For my '81 GL1100 Intersate

I put these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2x-1157-Car-36LED-Turn-Tail-Brake-Lights-Bulbs-White-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem255d03c33aQQitemZ160474317626QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories "2x 1157 Car 36LED Turn Tail Brake Lights Bulbs White" in all 1157 bulb locations.

I used these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2x-1156-Car-36-LED-Turn-Tail-Brake-Lights-Bulbs-White-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem2309afa5e4QQitemZ150486361572QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories, "2x 1156 Car 36 LED Turn Tail Brake Lights Bulbs White" in all 1156 locations.

I used these: http://cgi.ebay.com/Ba9s-1895-363-W6W-Bayonet-Red-Inverted-LED-Bulb-/370284080168?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5636a6ac28, 1895 363 W6W Bayonet Red Inverted LED Bulb, in my rear light bars marker locations. I put a yellow inverted cone led in the front fender eagle.

I then added http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Amber-6-LED-Clearance-Side-Marker-Lights-Trailer-Camper-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem20b40d726bQQitemZ140459733611QQptZMotorsQ5fRVQ5fTrailerQ5fCamperQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories, "Amber 6 LED Clearance Side Marker Lights Trailer Camper" & http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RED-6-LED-Clearance-Side-Marker-Lights-Trailer-Camper-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem1e5ea6ec2aQQitemZ130437016618QQptZMotorsQ5fRVQ5fTrailerQ5fCamperQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories, "RED 6 LED Clearance Side Marker Lights Trailer Camper", to replace the side reflectors on the fairing & saddle bags. When wired to the front fairing running lights, they flash on turning.

So aside from the headlight, all external reflectors, running lights, brakes, & blinkers, are LEDs. They are brighter than the originals by far.

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby norseman47 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:42 pm

I forgot! When I replaced the side reflectors, the LEDs I used fit in the original reflector mountings & use the original mounting bolt holes. You'll just need to drill an additional hole for the wiring.

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby N2PPN » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:39 pm

Uhhh, how about some pictures of the LED upgrades?

On my 1981 GL1100 I had to leave the front fairing turn/parking lamps alone, as the wiring for the "beeper" unit that either clicks or beeps when you operate your turn signals is wired in series with the lamps and would not allow the LED dual element replacements to function properly... If I eliminated the turn signal annunciator, the front fairing lamps would be now LEDs...

All my other marker lights, and other accessory lighting is now LED'd..


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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:56 pm

Keep in mind that if you are replacing lights with LEDs, that you want the LED to be the same color as the lens. Putting a white LED behind a red lens will not let anywhere near as much light out as putting a red LED behind a red lens.

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby norseman47 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:21 pm

I found the bulb color really helps on the thin lens, like the side markers. The thicker lens took the white bulbs fine. Also make sure they're unidirectional, or for side maker, which are head on, convex lensed. Then whole reflective back panel's used, with no "hot spots".

As for pictures, I guess I'll go uncover the beast & take some.

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby norseman47 » Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:52 pm

Here's some pics. The side marker I added to replace the side reflectors, are Grade A reflectors themselves. The pics of the rear side bar lights show up with bright hot spots in the pics, but aren't as apparent in real life.

Hope it helps...
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Fairing running & side marker
Fairing running & side marker
Fairing side marker, which blinks.
Fairing side marker, which blinks.
Rear side bar lights & rear side marker
Rear side bar lights & rear side marker
Closer view of rear side lights
Closer view of rear side lights
Rear side marker, which blinks.
Rear side marker, which blinks.

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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby norseman47 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:17 am

Here's a few pics as to how the marker lights fit on the existing fairing reflector mounts. I plan on making them fit the mounts more seemlessly. I've already bought replacment mounts from ebay to carve up.
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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby MSGT-R » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:40 am

Looks good! The LED set I have on my saddlebags were trailer lights from the auto parts store, and they fit right into the old reflector mounts. I'm guessing you have the same lights.
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Re: LED UPGRADE

Postby norseman47 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:48 pm

It appears so MSGT-R! I like your green paint job. I plan on adding green LEDs behind the chrome gill covers my bike has over it's shark gills.




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