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changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:30 am



Re: How to change your radio lights to LEDs
by Maddogg » Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:00 pm

Fantastic how to. I learned so much I will give it a try. I have always been intimidated by the inner workings of radios, so I never tried to fix them. 3 questions though. The bulbs look very specialized, so where can I find them. Do they have a part number. I could go on websites for the next 10 years and never find the correct ones. The second question, Do all 1500 radios have the bulbs? I just got my radio back from Sierra Electronics and when I plugged it into the bike, I did not notice these lights. I don't know if Sierra Electronics rebuilds the entire radio or they just fix the problem to make it work. I will have to call them. 3, Are these radios somewhat water resistent? Being on a motorcycle with an exposed radio in the rain cannot be good for it. Thanks for all the info.



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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:57 am

Don't bother with the specialized bulbs, replace them with LEDs so you won't have to do it again.

As far as I know, all GL1500 radios have lights - but I don't know that for sure. Anyone else with an early GL1500 that can confirm this?

Sierra will replace the lights if you tell them to, but from what others have said, if you send it in for repair, they won't necessarily replace the bulbs.

The radios are supposed to be water resistant, not waterproof. That's one of the reasons for the cover that goes over top of the controls. I wouldn't go spraying a hose at it.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:47 pm

Ok, thanks for the info WingAdmin. I called Jeff over at Sierra and he said that he doesn't do bulbs anymore because they are no longer available. So I guess I will do the LED. I read one of the posts and it said that a website had the wires and resistors already made up. I found the website and ordered them. Not a bad price. $1.30 each. I ordered 10 so I will have extras in case I screw up.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby wingpilot08 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:55 am

Do look at superbrightleds.com it appears that they might have the exact replacement bulb for the radio bulbs..

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/instrument-cluster-gauge/filter/Cross_Reference_Number,NEO4,21,240:

Or

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/subminiature-bulbs/b8-led-bulb-high-power-instrument-panel-led/223/

These look to be what would be a direct replacement...do some measurements, but I think the neo- 04 might be the correct fit....then there are no wires or resistors needed!
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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby dingdong » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:00 am

My 93 Aspencade has no lights.
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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:29 pm

when you say neo 04, are you talking about the mm size.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:08 pm

Your light bulbs may be burned out Dingdong. I didn't think mine had lights until I saw the radio in the dark.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby dingdong » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:41 am

You are probably correct. I just assumed the Aspy didn't come with lights since the radio is different that the SE.
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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:50 am

Boy what a pain ..one would think that they could have engineered a way to replace bulbs that didn't require taking half the center pod apart!!
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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:04 pm

Ordered the LED bulbs from super bright and they do not fit. The original bulbs are round where as the new led's are square. The old saying, can't fit a square peg into a round hole. The new ones are too large for the small round holes. Cannot resize holes to fit the new bulbs because the keepers will no longer latch or make contact. Didn't look like it anyway. I didn't want to destroy my front board on a hunch. The original bulbs are a little over 4mm. I will contact Super Bright and see if they can cross reference them.
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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:35 pm

Is it possible to very gently file off some of the corners, to get them down to the size required?

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:01 pm

good idea, I will give it a try. Nothing to lose. Already bought the bulbs. LOL

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:17 am

Not able to file sides. The whole recepticle is that size. I did notice another thing when I put it back together. The volume seems to have a mind of its own now. I did not put the old bulbs, 4 of them, back in when I put the radio back together. I wouldn't think that would have anything to do with the volume. I will call Jeff over at Sierra and ask him. I just hope he doesn't say that me opening up the radio voided his warranty.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:27 pm

I found the original part numbers for the bulbs through Honda. 39111MCA671. i am going to see if Super Bright can cross reference the number. Called Honda and they want $4.50 per bulb. Not as bad as I thought. Sierra Electronics gets the same bulb through Honda, and they want $12 per bulb. Hell of a markup. Almost 3 times as much as the dealer. Everyone always assumes that the dealer is always way too expensive. Doesn't appear to be the case here. They are the ones for the GL 1800. Same bulb.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Maddogg » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:01 pm

Ok, here's the scoop. I checked with superbright and they crossed the bulb over to a neo5-BHP. They will fit almost all the 1500 radio's and the 1800 radio's. They are also only $2.29 each with $6.95 shipping. Not too bad. Don't know how to get this info to everyone out there without making it a new topic post in the forums.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:25 pm

Thanks, I'll add that to the article.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:27 am

I suspect you will find that even if the NE05-BHP fits in the board, it will not work because the electrical contacts are on the wrong side of the bulb. The circuit board has its contact points on the bulb side, not the access side. Just a thought. I looked at those bulbs as well before installing LEDS.

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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby liquineer » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:26 am

Just to confirm, my '88 had lights though I did not know it until I read the original how to and checked mine out, sure enough they were there but burnt out, and yes the contacts are on the wrong side for the neo bulbs, I bought some only to discover that. In the end I soldered 5mm LED's in to the circuit.
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Re: changing radio light bulbs

Postby hondageorge » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:59 am

Changed all 5 on my '97 1500SE according to the DIY instructions listed here in the
Goldwingdocs index. Bought the blue 3mm led's pre-wired with resistors and ready to install from Oznium.com for about $1.39 each and only $2.99 shipping (Dec.2013)...and shipped same day.
I cut and soldered into the existing wire harness for the bulbs rather then solder the LED harness into the main frame. Make a small harness as per the DIY instructions and a cheap hot glue gun does well to hold them down on the circit board. You'll love the results AND you'll not have to dissamble it again for a burnt out bulb....i mean, LED.




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