Backlit controls


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sdadean
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Backlit controls

Post by sdadean » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:24 pm



I have a 1998 GL 1500 Aspecade. The controls do not come backlit. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if a newer model's controls that does have back lit controls would fit mine. If not any idea where I could purchase aftermarket ones.

I read on this site that you could add led lights inside the controls so I took the turn signal, horn, headlight control apart and shone a flashlight inside of it and it wouldn't shine though. They are all solid where the words are.

Any help would be appreciated.



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Re: Backlit controls

Post by artgrantz » Tue Oct 01, 2013 6:22 am

Rivco makes a thin mat with lights for GL1800 handlebar controls. It goes on externally. I thought I saw them for the 1500 controls at one time years ago but do not see them listed on the website. You could check their website http://www.rivcoproducts.com/ and look around, or give them a call, number is on website.
Also you may have better luck reposting this on the GL1500 forum, it gets more attention than the Tech forum.

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Re: Backlit controls

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:06 pm

The handlebar switches started using LEDs to light them up on SE's in 1990. I can't imagine that 1990 switchgear wouldn't fit your bike.

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Re: Backlit controls

Post by wingpilot08 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:52 am

WingAdmin wrote:The handlebar switches started using LEDs to light them up on SE's in 1990. I can't imagine that 1990 switchgear wouldn't fit your bike.
WingAdmin....don't believe that is true...my 96 had "grain of wheat" incandescent bulbs in the controls and I just last year followed your instructions to change to LEDs. Made a great improvement to the lighting.....just saying!
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Re: Backlit controls

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:06 pm

wingpilot96 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:The handlebar switches started using LEDs to light them up on SE's in 1990. I can't imagine that 1990 switchgear wouldn't fit your bike.
WingAdmin....don't believe that is true...my 96 had "grain of wheat" incandescent bulbs in the controls and I just last year followed your instructions to change to LEDs. Made a great improvement to the lighting.....just saying!
Argh, you're totally right - slip of the mind while typing. I MEANT to say they started using those tiny bulbs to light them up. They have never used LEDs, which is the reason for replacing them WITH LEDs.



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