LED replacements for dash & meter bulbs


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Dubdenny
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LED replacements for dash & meter bulbs

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I'm going to replace the 41 year old 11 mini bayonnete (BA9s) dash and meter light bulbs while I have the fairing off for other repair work, and I'm considering switching to LED bulbs. I've read that there are issues with beam spread angle and also having to add a diode for the turn signal indicator lights to work. Has anyone done this conversion with the dash lights? TIA


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Re: LED replacements for dash & meter bulbs

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Maybe ten years ago now, I replaced all my incandescent bulbs with Super Bright Led brand units. They have all you will need.
No diodes needed. Just a solid state flasher unit which they also have.

Also replaced the head light assembly with a 7in led unit.

Also replace all the fuses with new of the same type after cleaning the contacts.

Good luck!
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I've replaced both the headlight and front/rear turn signals with LEDs. No other parts necessary for the turn signal swap, they blink just fine/normal. Headlight was also plug and play and the spread is ok but I think not perfect. I've read somewhere else for the dash lights re: LEDs that the more on your bike you convert to LEDs saving battery power to the bulbs, the more wattage the regulator has to dump (since the LEDs draw such a smaller load) to keep things balanced....and that is bad for the regulator. Gets too hot and fails prematurely. I've only read this - never experienced it but I've held off on swapping out the dash lights to LEDs because of it.
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After almost ten years my regulator (Rick’s Motorsports) holds the battery at 14.4V as it should. No sign of a problem or overheating.
I wouldn’t hesitate any longer….
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Bruce, is the regulator you got from Rick’s a series or shunt config?
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Re: LED replacements for dash & meter bulbs

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Ya know, I don’t know. It was the unit listed for the gl1100, WITH the black voltage sensing wire, so not the “hot shot” type.
I wired the sensing wire directly to the battery through a relay activated by the original black wire from the ignition switch. I also rewired the voltmeter in the fairing directly to the relay wire so it reads the battery without the 2.2V drop through the original wiring. Now it always reads 14.4V. 😊

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