Adding LEDs to GPS panel


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wingpilot08
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Adding LEDs to GPS panel

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Had noticed that the incandescent bulbs on my GPS panel were not working and decided to replace with LEDs. Instead of buying new lights, I had some LEDs from a previous project.

Removed the GPS panel from the Wing (2008 HPNA) and removed the dash style connectors from the panel. Bulbs are "grain of wheat" type with blue rubber sleeve on the bulbs.


Reusing the bulb bases, I installed the 3 LEDs and added a touch of hot glue to secure the bulbs.


I used a wire wrap tool to make the connections to the LED in parallel and added a resistor. Again using hot glue to secure the wiring and resistors.


Once tested and knowing it all worked, I buttoned up the panel


And reinstalled on the Wing and tested.




08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 63,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse Camper
Darkside #1720
1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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Re: Adding LEDs to GPS panel

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I looked at the picture of that resistor, and thought "that looks like it was done with a wire wrap tool!" Sure enough, I then read the text,and that's just what you used. I haven't used one of those in probably...35 years? I think I still have one somewhere, but I doubt I have any wire for it. :)

Looks good!

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Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:43 pm
Location: Coatesville, PA
Motorcycle: 2008 GL1800-HPNA - 63,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse camping trailer
Darkside #1720
bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-F Super Sport 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

Re: Adding LEDs to GPS panel

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WingAdmin wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 2:22 pm
I looked at the picture of that resistor, and thought "that looks like it was done with a wire wrap tool!" Sure enough, I then read the text,and that's just what you used. I haven't used one of those in probably...35 years? I think I still have one somewhere, but I doubt I have any wire for it. :)

Looks good!
Yep! It's a great little tool to keep around!


08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 63,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse Camper
Darkside #1720
1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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wingpilot08
Posts: 588
Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:43 pm
Location: Coatesville, PA
Motorcycle: 2008 GL1800-HPNA - 63,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse camping trailer
Darkside #1720
bikes owned:
1975 CB550-4 final mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maximum 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-F Super Sport 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

Re: Adding LEDs to GPS panel

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worked on the other panel for the headlight adjustment..same issue, bad bulbs...replaced with LED .... now much better!!


08' GL1800-HPNA - Red 63,000+ miles
1995 Bunkhouse Camper
Darkside #1720
1975 CB550-4 mileage unknown
1982 Yamaha 650 Maxim 30,000 miles
1987 Yamaha XVZ-1300 Venture 109,000 miles
1982 CB750-FSS 60,000+ miles
1996 Honda GL1500-SE 210,000 miles

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