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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-23-2011, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Gauge LED Install

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Has anyone here done the Gauge LED Mod to their bike ? How complex is removing the instrument cluster ?

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The instrument cluster is mounted by 3 screws and a cable connector.
However to get to the 3 screws usually entails removing the upper cowl.
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The instrument cluster is mounted by 3 screws and a cable connector.
However to get to the 3 screws usually entails removing the upper cowl.
I've had my gauge cluster off recently. I agree, I don't see anyway to access the mounting screws without first removing the front or "upper" fairing. About a 15 minute job...

What kind of aftermarket instrument cluster did you find raleighp?

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Thanks guys....I found LED's for the inside of the current Gauge package. I have not liked the orange glow, so I went with White instead. I will first need to remove the old cluster, open the unit and replace the LED's with the new ones. May need to do a bit of soldering...Once I have them installed, I will send pic's

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Sounds pretty cool. Once you get that cluster off and unplugged, there's seven more screws on the backside. I think they're #2 phillips head. get those out and the front lens will come right off and you should be able to easily access those bulbs. Interested to see how it works out for you.
Also, if you have the classic sunburn on your lens or lens-ring, you can get a new one for about 40 bucks @ Honda.

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Lemme know how difficult putting in the new LEDs is. I have blue ones to go with my bikes colors and have for awhile, but am afraid to try putting them in for fear of screwing it all up. Afterall, a new speedo is veery veery expensive! and pics would be nice too!

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Make sure your board is grounded and you are too....static electricity levels are low this time of year....that is the only danger of frying something.

Get a decent soldering iron, not the $10 one from Radio Shack.....buy a nice one with temperature controls.

Buy some solder wick, this is what you will use to remove the old solder and remove the old light. (This is okay from Radio Shack) Buy some 60/40 solder with a rosin core (Flux is already in the solder)

The Navy trained me some years ago and yes this is an art but not rocket science. (Okay, maybe misssle...)

You could take it into a radio/tv repair shop and pay at the most $20 since they already have a bench ready to go.



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That sounds pretty do-able madbuyer. Thanks for that. On the list of cool things to do.

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I agree that is cool. And radio shop here I come! I don't have the steady hand or the expertise to do all that! So thanks for the suggestion!

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Thanks gang...that IS a great idea...hadn't thought about a radio / TV repair shop. Luckily one of my vendors does circuit board work and I was going to have them do it for me.

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