1997 SE saddle bag lights???


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1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:45 am



I was looking to see what kind of bulb fits the light strip on the lower sides of the saddle bags..but in the parts fiche it doesn't show any lights??? Were there aftermarket lighting strips that replaced the plain red reflector strip or are mine an upgrade OEm thing just not listed on the standard 97 parts fiche?? Or where are they shown on the parts fiche????

I pulled the mounting nuts off and looked at the back of the light strip adn moved it away from the bag but it looks sealed so I can't get to the light bulbs w/o breaking the seal..I think.

any thoguhts


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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:04 am

RBGERSON wrote:I was looking to see what kind of bulb fits the light strip on the lower sides of the saddle bags..but in the parts fiche it doesn't show any lights??? Were there aftermarket lighting strips that replaced the plain red reflector strip or are mine an upgrade OEm thing just not listed on the standard 97 parts fiche?? Or where are they shown on the parts fiche????

I pulled the mounting nuts off and looked at the back of the light strip adn moved it away from the bag but it looks sealed so I can't get to the light bulbs w/o breaking the seal..I think.

any thoguhts
If you have lights on the sides of your bags, they are aftermarket. OEM was just a reflector, except for 88's (and maybe 89's?) that had an electroluminescent strip in there.

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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by Dusty Boots » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:34 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
RBGERSON wrote:I was looking to see what kind of bulb fits the light strip on the lower sides of the saddle bags..but in the parts fiche it doesn't show any lights??? Were there aftermarket lighting strips that replaced the plain red reflector strip or are mine an upgrade OEm thing just not listed on the standard 97 parts fiche?? Or where are they shown on the parts fiche????

I pulled the mounting nuts off and looked at the back of the light strip adn moved it away from the bag but it looks sealed so I can't get to the light bulbs w/o breaking the seal..I think.

any thoguhts
If you have lights on the sides of your bags, they are aftermarket. OEM was just a reflector, except for 88's (and maybe 89's?) that had an electroluminescent strip in there.

The electroluminescent strip were a dealer installed Hondaline option for later models as well, as my 92 Aspencade had those on it. They were notorious for early failure due to the 'transformer' burning out.

You can easily tell if that is what you have, if you remove the right lower rear saddlebag cover and see this saddlebag light 'transformer' attached to the rear of the saddlebag. ....




If you don't see that, then you have an early aftermarket set of saddlebag lights (Add On) which do not come apart like the newer Show Chrome ones do

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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by Big Blue UK » Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:07 am

Unlike the top box units made by Stanley that are sealed, where you just unplug the bulb holder and replace the bulb.You will not see the rubber bulb holders protruding from the light unit, Look close and you may see small domed nuts that hold the case and lense together. They are fully enclosed encasing all wiring and bulb holders, the wiring is usually passed through a pannier grommet and connected to the rear corner light units. If you are thinking of LED strips, the pannier light units are easily separated with a dremel etc, then glued back together and sealed, or buy Show Chrome units while you can as I understand Show chrome has shut shop, waste of money MO as all you are going to do is take the insides out.
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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by RBGERSON » Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:29 am

Thanks for the info...so why would anyone build a reflector set up that you can't replace the bulbs..seems counter intuitive... OH well they are working now I guess I'll wait until they fail..
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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by wingpilot08 » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:20 am

If you bought an aftermarket set..it is most likely using 194 style bulbs..that can get hot and over time burn/melt the lens. It would be better to open up the unit and remove the incandescent bulbs and replace with LED strips! Much brighter, cooler and longer lasting..there is a DYI written up in the DYI section!
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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:21 am

Dusty Boots wrote:The electroluminescent strip were a dealer installed Hondaline option for later models as well, as my 92 Aspencade had those on it. They were notorious for early failure due to the 'transformer' burning out.
Not to mention that EL strips have a limited life. They get dimmer and dimmer the more they are left on, and eventually die altogether. Overall, they were an extremely poor choice for Honda to have used for this purpose.

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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:17 am

Mine looks like 4 bulbs definite bright spots not s strip and it is sealed.
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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by wingpilot08 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:37 am

RBGERSON wrote:Mine looks like 4 bulbs definite bright spots not s strip and it is sealed.
This is the difference between incandescent bulbs and LED strips...
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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by RBGERSON » Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:24 am

Yep, mine is like the top pic.
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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by schr8er2000 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:42 pm

Richman2000 has a great article on doing the change over... it is on this site... here is a link to it for ya... I did it and am really pleased with how they turned out...

viewtopic.php?f=14&t=18400

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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:26 pm

I did mine this way as well: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=24194

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Re: 1997 SE saddle bag lights???

Post by RBGERSON » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:04 pm

Way over my head...............................


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