Driving light - light bulb replacement


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Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby oldwarhawk75 » Sun May 29, 2011 4:29 pm



Hi Everyone,
I'm new to the site and have a light bulb problem on my 98 GL1500. My lower left driving light bulb (not headlight) is out. I thought replacing it would be simple, but I am mistaken. I've taken front fairing section off, and removed the horn so I could access the light, but alas it is not a twist out for a quick bulb replacement. There are two screws that appear to hold the light housing to the back of the fairing and before I take those out I want to ensure that I'll be able to replace the bulb before hand.

Any assistance is very much appreciated. I want to get back on the road!

Thanks.
Oldwarhawk75



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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby tmilam » Mon May 30, 2011 4:31 pm

To get to the back of the light, you will need to remove the lower fairing.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby oldwarhawk75 » Mon May 30, 2011 5:12 pm

I have the lower front fairing removed, do I need to remove more? I can get to the bulb, but cannot extract it. Should it twist out...?

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby tmilam » Mon May 30, 2011 7:14 pm

It's been so long since I looked at mine. I can't remember if it's a twist out or a spring clip like the headlight.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby wardch666 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:29 pm

It's a twist out. Just replaced mine a couple of months ago. As a mater of fact it's a 2 element bulb. So you can remove the tabs and turn it around a use the other element if a replacement bulb is not available.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby 1985GL1200 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:37 pm

I just bough a 1998 gl1500se and the lower lights don't work. bulbs both burned out? or is there some way to turn them on, or do they run all the time?

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:22 pm

Those aren't really driving lights on all years. Do either of them light up when the turn signals are activated ? They are turning lights only, on some years. If they don't light in conjunction with the turn signals, I would look at the bulbs first. They don't have a long life expectancy. If yours are only on during the turn function, there is a simple way to modify them to act as driving lights. Mine came already modified, and as I recall, at some point in the bike's history, they were later shipped and wired as driving lights. My first bulb failed at 38K miles. I replaced both with higher wattage bulbs, 35W instead of the stock 25W. I can't tell you the procedure for wiring as driving lights, but I have read about it in the forums.
Here is a supplier for the really inexpensive 35W bulbs I used. I bought a handful, as they were so cheap. The ones I installed have been good for 13K miles right now. Another possibility is the light sockets themselves. I have had to replace my left socket, due to poor contact at the socket base. The contacts need to be really clean to prevent heat build-up, and some dielectric grease helps keep them that way. The sockets are available from the online parts suppliers. I use Partzilla.

http://www.elightbulbs.com/Eiko-48038-6 ... Light-Bulb

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby deepsix777 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:18 am

here is a link for when I replaced my cornering lights viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9444

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:21 pm

Both my cornering lamps did not work on my 88.Both relays were bad.There attached to the harness above the horns..one on each side.I did replace the relays and added a dual filament cornering lamp connected to the extra relay terminal.now the cornering lamp is on all the time (parking lamp mode)and turns bright with the turn signal.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby 1985GL1200 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:23 pm

OK, the cornering lights are the ones beside the headlight right? If so, they don't work either. The lights I' talking about, are the lights that are clear at the bottom in the front of the engine.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby virgilmobile » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:51 pm

The lower lightss near the ground.My88 calls them cornering lights.They turn on bright with that side turn signal.There powered by that small relay on each side.Actually,The relay is energized when the key is turned on removing power from the lamp..When a turn signal is operated,that relay is turned off ,applying power to the lamp.
Strange wiring but true.
Later models replaces them with driving light lenses and stayed on.The lens right next to the headlamp is called the position lamp.It takes a small 4watt lamp.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:12 pm

The lights in the bottom cowl are the cornering lights. The small lights on either side of the headlight are called position lights.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby 1985GL1200 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:56 pm

Wow, that's different. ok, how do I get to the lights that are called position lamps? I would assume that I have to access the headlight. As far as the cornering lights and relays, I'm assumimg are accessable from the lower cowling. Does anyone know what bulbs they take? And on my 1998 SE are they still cornering lights? And can I make them turn on if I wire them through a switch?

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby 1985GL1200 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:10 pm

Sorry, all I had to do was look. Found some artticals that are a great help. I do love this sight.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby ghostdawg1520 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:22 pm

The bulbs for the SE driving lights are "H6B" i think the corning lights in the aspencade use the same one,i converted mine to HID
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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:35 pm

ghostdawg1520 wrote:The bulbs for the SE driving lights are "H6B" i think the corning lights in the aspencade use the same one,i converted mine to HID



Can I get a few pics of how you mounted the lights under the mirrors please ? I have wanted to do that too but can not find any brackets, so need to see how someone else did it
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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby ghostdawg1520 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:54 pm

i had the baker mirror wings installed and removed the plexiglass and kept the hardware,all i did was buy a 20 dollar set of rectangular fog lights that used H3 bulbs,i mounted the lights to the baker hardware,its very easy,i had a few HID ballasts lying around wired them to those fog lights,wire a switch to a relay and had the relay feed the ballasts and thats it
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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby Uncle Fester » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:00 pm

Almost wish I had some Baker hand wings laying around. . . . But you did give me some ideas, so THANK YOU !
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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby ghostdawg1520 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:07 pm

you're welcome 8-) :geek:

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby made2care » Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:36 am

1985GL1200 wrote:I just bough a 1998 gl1500se and the lower lights don't work. bulbs both burned out? or is there some way to turn them on, or do they run all the time?


These are cornering lights, they only come on when you activate your turn signals.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby a1cmugs » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:06 pm

There is a good article to replace the bulbs with a bright LED driving bulb. You will have to modify the old filament bulbs to use the bulb sockets to fit the LED bulbs into but they are bright and draw less amperage than the filament bulbs do. The article is in the how to's on this site.

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:06 pm

There is one more option, do the conversion (if needed) from cornering to driving lights and then add these : http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... /83/195210
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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby ghostdawg1520 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:06 am

a1cmugs wrote:There is a good article to replace the bulbs with a bright LED driving bulb. You will have to modify the old filament bulbs to use the bulb sockets to fit the LED bulbs into but they are bright and draw less amperage than the filament bulbs do. The article is in the how to's on this site.


You can just buy the led bulbs in type H6B and just plug then into the existing socket, that should work without any mods

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Re: Driving light - light bulb replacement

Postby 1985GL1200 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:23 pm

Good news, I finally got time to work on the old girl. I had a couple of H1 led replacement bulbs in the cupboard, so I decided to try to make them work. Wow, was I surprised to find out that all I had to do was cut one wire put a female spade connector, take out the bulb connector and put the H1 in place of the old one and I'll be darned it worked. I did find out that both bulbs [ driving and position ] were burned out. I have all the lights on the front of the bike working now. Thanks for all the suggestions and advise.




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