Repairing trim lights


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murr57
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Repairing trim lights

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I recently traded my VTX for a 2005 GL1800. The dealer dropped it off and picked up my bike assuring me that everything was in working order. (Not as bad as it sounds, there is a 3 month warranty period beginning in April) Today was the first chance I've had to begin checking things. This doesn't seem major but on one of the strips of trim lights on the left saddle bag half the lights are out. The rest of the trim's lights are working. Excuse my ignorance, but assuming these are LED lights that shouldn't burn out, is there a common reason for this to occur and is there an easy fix?

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Those LED trim lights are aftermarket, not Honda. They may be repairable but they need to be removed to find out why they are out.

I do not know who manufactured them but it may be Kuryakyn. They may also be Show chrome. Whomever it is, you might be able to find replacement LED trim strips from the manufacturer.

Is this what they look like?
https://wingstuff.com/products/34912-le ... for-gl1800

Maybe contact Wing Stuff and ask them for possible replacements.
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Yep, that's exactly what they look like. If it can't be repaired, it doesn't look too expensive to replace. Hopefully I'm not the only person that has had this problem and there's a fix but if not I now know the manufacturer. Thanks.
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To add, I just realized that the same section of lights on the right saddlebag is on but rapidly flashing. Interesting that it's the same section on both sides acting up. Makes me think a wiring problem?
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It has been suggested to me that the dependability of aftermarket products such as these trim lights, especially after 15 years, is not good. Looks like I'll just be replacing them. Thanks for everyone's input.
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If it were me, I would do the same. LED strip lights are plentiful and inexpensive. I replaced my side lights in my GL1500 with strip lights.


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Not sure what the lights look like behind the molding, but it may be possible to just replace the individual LEDs with component LED's. Would just need to know the size of the LED (normally 3mm or 5mm) RED LED, would guess 5mm. you would need a soldering iron and know about the polarity of the LED to install (longer wire on the LED is the anode (+), shorter is cathode (-). Or as MikeB suggested...just completely replace with LED strip.

This is what I did with my moldings........viewtopic.php?f=7&t=55434
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You can get replacement LED strips for the show chrome ones
https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... p/73/51319
And replacement lens too if you only need a bit
https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... /73/209240
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topgun wrote: Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:53 pm You can get replacement LED strips for the show chrome ones
https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... p/73/51319
And replacement lens too if you only need a bit
https://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl ... /73/209240
I knew I saw those replacement Show Chrome LED strips on a vendors site, I just couldn't remember which one. Good job Topgun.
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Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately shipping costs may double the price but it's good to know they're available rather than replacing everything. Hopefully I can find a distributor closer to home. Thanks again.
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I know several people that used Kuryakyn lights like that when they first came out and trouble with part of the strip not working after a short time. Common issue.\
I had s Show Chrome on my 02


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CHECK FOR BAD/CORRODED GROUNDS. JUST FIXED SOME ON MY '13 TRIM LIGHTS THAT ALSO WERE WIRED BY DEALER WITH MY LICENSE PLATE LIGHT.


:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:
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