Instrument cluster bulbs


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Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby 702scottc » Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:44 pm



Can someone tell if the bulbs in the cluster are standard 194 wedge bulbs or the mini wedge type? I have a couple that are out and I need to replace them. Good time to break out the sil-glyde and lube the speedo cable as well. Started jumping around a bit once the temperatures dropped.



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Re: Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby Big Bob » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:10 am

The cluster is a mix of 194 and 168 bulbs, there should be a list of which bulb size for what location I don't have that handy at this time, not a fun job take your time and pictures help IMHO. Sly glide works good on cable but pending on how many miles you may want to replace the whole cable and the sheath too, much easier to do when your in that far. Trust me I didn't do it and it's even less fun to do it later, I learned from experience. Good luck, also order blue condoms for speedo bulbs pending on year of your bike if necessary.

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Re: Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby MikeB » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:45 am

The incandescent bulbs you will need are as follows:
Qty 4 - #194 (instrument lights)
Qty 3 - #194 (CruiseOn/CruiseSet/OD)
Qty 4 - #194 (HiBeam/Neutral/Reverse/SideStand)
Qty 2 - #168 (Low Fuel Warning/Low Oil Pressure)
Qty 2 - #24 (left turn signal/right turn signal)
Qty 1 - #24 (LCD Display (top portion)
Qty 1 - Either #24 or #194 (Temp/Fuel gauges)

If you have a hankering to use LED's instead of incandescent bulbs, go here.
http://goldwingdocs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=10998
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Re: Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby 702scottc » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:17 am

Thanks for the list. I have a couple of boxes of 194 style LED bulbs I bought a while back, I'll use some of those for the illumination bulbs. I won't use them fo the low fuel or cruise lamps. I bought blue LED bulbs, should look nice. I used a few LED bulbs for the side fairing marker lamps and the front position lights, I like the way they look.

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Re: Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby MikeB » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:41 am

Only use the LED's in the Cruise and Low Fuel position if you use a dropping resistor. My recommendation would be to just use 194 bulbs in those positions.

Also, the LED used for the High Beam indicator is really bright. I had to glue a piece of card stock tot he face of it to dim the light. Otherwise it is so bright it over powers all the light in the dash and that is about all you can see is blue.

WingAdmin's LED list in the link I gave you well thought out. As he said in his DIY how-to article, he selected the proper bulb for the individual applications. He also lists what resistors to use for the two where they are needed. Lots of helpful info in that article. But I still think it would be easier to just use 194 incandescent bulbs for the Cruise and Low Fuel indicators. They need so infrequent replacement plus they are easily accessible without taking the dash apart.
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Re: Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby 702scottc » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:18 am

Thanks for the advice. I went ahead and changed out the bulbs and lubed the speedo cable this morning. I left the high beam, low fuel, and cruise lamps alone. I didn't have any of the mini wedge bulbs that are used, only 2 so I just replaced them with new standard bulbs. Everything else is blue LED and yellowish LED. Looks pretty cool and well lit. I put new LED bulbs in for the sidestand and neutral lights and they are bright! You are right about the high beam, would be way too bright. I used a blue bulb for the overdrive, not too over powering but definately bright.
Overall LED's are the way to go, they really aren't that expensive and give it a neat look. I've been slowly upgrading all the lights on the bike to LED's, I like the look . I'm going to order a box of the mini wedge bulbs and replace the bulbs on the tour pack next.
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Re: Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby MikeB » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:23 am

Looks good. Great job.
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Re: Instrument cluster bulbs

Postby 702scottc » Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:05 am

Thanks. It was an easy, inexpensive and fun upgrade with positive results. I ride the old girl every day and she's coming right along. Little here, little there..




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