Add light to check coolant level - GL1100


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Add light to check coolant level - GL1100

Post by nlaspencade » Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:43 am



I recently had to replace my coolant cap and while I had the false tank off I decided to put a bulb at the bottom of the coolant tank so seeing the level in it would be much easier (especially at night). I try to remember to check the coolant level, at least on every second or third run, and when I do think of it, its usually while I am fueling up at the pumps. Maybe you don’t experience this but I find it difficult to see the level in the tank.

I used a piece of aluminum 1” wide by approximately 4” long (I didn’t measure). Drilled a hole, cut & filed notches to hold a marker lamp socket and bulb, cut an shaped a piece of tubing to fit over the bulb with a notch in it to direct the light up into the tank. The bracket was held in place by the retaining bolt holding the tank to the frame with the bulb positioned under the tank.


A momentary push button switch was attached to ignition power (with a fuse in the circuit) and placed near the fuel filler cap. (I didn’t drill any holes for the switch; it’s just sitting there to the side for easy access).


(ironically the flash illuminates the area enough to see the coolant level, it's not that easy without the added light)


This works, But, I used a #194 standard peanut bulb, if I were to do it again I would use a much brighter bulb. In fact, I would use a headlamp bulb with a piece hose or shrink tube to direct the light through the tank. My initial concern was heat but now that I think it through the bulb is only on for 1 – 2 seconds and wouldn’t get much of a chance to heat up.


This is an easy install (especially if you have to remove the false tank for any reason) if you find checking your coolant level as tricky as I did.



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Re: Add light to check coolant level - GL1100

Post by NevsMate » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:54 am

Hi, your article is a few years ago, but being new to the GL1100 and have the same difficulty in viewing the coolant level, even with the faux tank removed! Mother Honda should have designed it with some sort of viewing window!. So, where exactly did you mount the bulb? below and near air filter or below and on the outside of the reservoir? thnx...

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Re: Add light to check coolant level - GL1100

Post by nlaspencade » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:31 am

I mounted it under the reservoir in the forward area of the tank. Unfortunately I sold that bike some time ago and being of a vintage age my memory is weak as well! :oops:

As long as the bulb is mounted inboard and forward so it illuminates through the tank it will work.

Hope this helps

Cheers
Anthony

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Re: Add light to check coolant level - GL1100

Post by NevsMate » Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:43 am

nlaspencade wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:31 am
I mounted it under the reservoir in the forward area of the tank. Unfortunately I sold that bike some time ago and being of a vintage age my memory is weak as well! :oops:

As long as the bulb is mounted inboard and forward so it illuminates through the tank it will work.

Hope this helps

Cheers
Anthony
hahaha, yeah, i've just reached the junior vintage of 60! I'll have to experiment on that.... thnx.



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