removing blinker and light assembly from trunk


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removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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Removing the blinker and light assembly from the trunk of my 1500. Not working on the side lights on the trunk. Cant seem to see how they come out. I have the lower cowling off and looked up but dont see anything. Can someone point me to a "How Too" article or tell me how it comes out. Thanks



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Re: removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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Looking at the parts fiche, it looks like the side marker lights on the trunk are removed by opening the trunk and finding two nuts for each marker light. There might be a plastic 'cover" over the nuts to protect the wiring. The turn signal lights would also be from inside the trunk, , look for a single nut for each side.

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Re: removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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The trunk light assembly is held in place with eight screws. Four on top and Four on the bottom.
The bottom screws are accessed after you remove the trunk bottom cover.
The top screws are accessed from inside the trunk. Two of them can only be accessed after you remove the inside center cover over the trunk locking assembly.
You can see where the screws go by looking at the pictures.
I don't have a trunk torn down at the moment so I can not show it in better detail.




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Re: removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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Good info, I was wondering that myself....

How about removing the light fixtures from the lens, are these glued like the trunk side lights?

Reason I ask is I just bought a 16' reel of Red LED Tape intending to convert the trunk and saddlebag side lights (mostly burned out) to LED, and figured I'd also convert the section between the stoplights to LED as well. Likely will add WingAdmin's PWM circuit and get these (and the lower strip by the trailer hitch) to function as brake lights, too.

Don't think I'll bother with the stop lights or turn signal bulbs, the reviews so far is the LED replacements for 1156/1157 bulbs not significantly brighter, and then you have to mess with load resistors to get turn signal cancel to work again...
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Re: removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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Thank you MikeB.
Exactly what I needed!!

Have a GREAT day

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Re: removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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DenverWinger wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:37 am
Good info, I was wondering that myself....

How about removing the light fixtures from the lens, are these glued like the trunk side lights?
Yes, the lenses are attached exactly like the side lights with a hot glue of sorts. Heat the assembly up to between 150 to 200 degrees and they will pry apart easily. I put the assemblies in an oven at 200 degrees for something less than 10 minutes to do the job. I also do not remove any of the glue. When I have finished working on the light assemblies I press everything back together and use a a heat gun to warm the assembly joint area as I press it together.
DenverWinger wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:37 am
Reason I ask is I just bought a 16' reel of Red LED Tape intending to convert the trunk and saddlebag side lights (mostly burned out) to LED, and figured I'd also convert the section between the stoplights to LED as well. Likely will add WingAdmin's PWM circuit and get these (and the lower strip by the trailer hitch) to function as brake lights, too.

Don't think I'll bother with the stop lights or turn signal bulbs, the reviews so far is the LED replacements for 1156/1157 bulbs not significantly brighter, and then you have to mess with load resistors to get turn signal cancel to work again...
I too did the saddlebag and trunk side lights with LED strips as well as the fairing marker lights. I also have done the reflector panel between the saddlebag run/stop/turn lights.
I intend to do the saddlebag run/stop/turn lights and the trunk lights too. I just have not had the gumption to get it done.
By the way, the 1156/1157 LED bulb assemblies are not really any brighter than the standard 1156/1157 bulbs. They just draw less current and produce less heat. At least that has been my experience. I have Pilot LED assemblies where the 1156/1157 normally go.
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Re: removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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Clarencechapman wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:42 am
Thank you MikeB.
Exactly what I needed!!

Have a GREAT day
You are welcome. I have this assembly here so I can do the LED light modification. I figured it was pretty easy to just take a picture of it and show you where the screws secure to the assembly.
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Re: removing blinker and light assembly from trunk

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Yep the pictures were definitely the ticket. Didnt see the 4 bolts inside the trunk.
I am adding some LED strips and adding a flasher unit to my GL1500. Still in the works but here is a preview.

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No time to work on it today. Maybe finish it up in a couple of days. Thanks again for the pictures.



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