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post #1 of 32 Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 8:20 am Thread Starter
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Dashboard and indicator lighting.

While I have the bike apart, I was going to change out all the dash lights. Is there any reason to not use LED replacements for all dash lights and all indicators?

It's a 2003 with all original bulbs, so replacing them all while I can easily get to everything is a good idea. should i stick with old glass bulbs or install the LED replacements and never have to worry again?

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post #2 of 32 Old Apr 3rd, 2014, 8:44 am
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Re: Dashboard and indicator lighting.

Lotsa archival info on the forums describing the installation of red or orange colored LED dash lights as replacement for OEM. I'm wanting to do that also, and will look to 'superbrightleds' website for ordering. Someone recently noted a product # of 74-CWHP3 I think, but I'm not sure of the color of those. At any rate, to answer your question - I can't think of a reason not to do that mod, Tim. Good luck and share a pic when you finish. I'm a few weeks away from doing ole Toad's.
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Re: Dashboard and indicator lighting.

The CW in the item number above stands for "cool white". I used this bulb because it makes the white paint around the indicator really stand out.
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I installed some of these while mine is torn down:

http://www.amazon.com/Cutequeen-Trad...lb+red+T5+5050

Looks good so far, but it is still down awaiting the arrival of shocks. Once I button it up I will T&E on a night ride to see how they really look. They were the least expensive option I found. I did go with green for the neutral and turns and amber for the fuel and reverse indicators from superbrightleds.com for a little better quality. I put the red ones in the high beam and cruise indicators to preserve night vision. The closer to 180 degree viewing angle the better on the led replacements. They are polarity sensitive on the install.

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Re: Dashboard and indicator lighting.

Here is an older thread on the topic....http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...ht=dash+lights

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DO IT, shouldn't even be a question. I bought 5 of the 5 sided red LED'S from Super bright led.com, they look awesome. I didn't even take that much apart to get to them. Now I did forget to buy one for the B/C backlight. So order 6. I have replaced all my bulbs with LED's, replaced my motolites bulbs with high power super white cree LED's and installed the LED's in the saddle bag reflectors and in my mirrors. I also swapped out the low beam for the HID. Can't miss now
Everybody loves its.

BTW, if anyone can tell me the best, easiest and fastest way to get that B/C cover off. I'm listening.

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Re: Dashboard and indicator lighting.

(BTW, if anyone can tell me the best, easiest and fastest way to get that B/C cover off. I'm listening.)

Me too. Got extra bulbs but was wondering on how to do this, any ideas?

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Re: Dashboard and indicator lighting.

What about for the ABS indicators and other warning lamps? can those be switched to LED?

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What about for the ABS indicators and other warning lamps? can those be switched to LED?

Yes,you can. They are at the bottom and harder to get to, but doable. But in the end, why. Couldn't see the advantage by going to led, so I didn't bother. If your going to do them, just do one at a time and you'll be fine. Plus with the regular bulbs that I removed for the LED's I'll keep as spares for the warning lights.

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(BTW, if anyone can tell me the best, easiest and fastest way to get that B/C cover off. I'm listening.)

Me too. Got extra bulbs but was wondering on how to do this, any ideas?

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Me three....Looking for answer to this question, too. I got the rest of the dash lights changed very easily, but the B/C is another matter.

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Re: Dashboard and indicator lighting.

The B/C doesn't use bulbs. you would have to de-solder 6 small surface mount LEDs and solder in new ones.

The unit isn't accessible from the rear. It has to be remove and the front panel taken off, then the unit within the unit comes out and the front panel removed from that.

Once I got mine out and found out how it was built I decided I could live with the dim white light.

Removing the front panel is difficult and I broke one of the tabs that holds it on. It still goes together solidly, but be forewarned that if you do this it is very likely you may break something.

If I ever come across one for sale really cheap I may decide to go ahead and try changing the LEDs. However I'm not willing to risk ruining it without a replacement.

If you just want to change the color you could try putting a thin sheet of colored plastic between the LEDs and the LCD, but to my mind they're already too dim.
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The B/C doesn't use bulbs. you would have to de-solder 6 small surface mount LEDs and solder in new ones.

The unit isn't accessible from the rear. It has to be remove and the front panel taken off, then the unit within the unit comes out and the front panel removed from that.

Once I got mine out and found out how it was built I decided I could live with the dim white light.

Removing the front panel is difficult and I broke one of the tabs that holds it on. It still goes together solidly, but be forewarned that if you do this it is very likely you may break something.

If I ever come across one for sale really cheap I may decide to go ahead and try changing the LEDs. However I'm not willing to risk ruining it without a replacement.

If you just want to change the color you could try putting a thin sheet of colored plastic between the LEDs and the LCD, but to my mind they're already too dim.
Thanks for the reply. I guess it is not worth the effort/risk in making the change. Looks like the main dash change will suffice.

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or install the LED replacements and never have to worry again?
LED bulbs have been know to fail occasionally.

I have one in my city light that is going bad...


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Re: Dashboard and indicator lighting.

As I've now found out the hard way, don't buy the cheap Chinese led bulbs off of ebay. I've now had 3 fail, as it seems they don't like the 13-14 volts that the bike puts out. Not a big thing as I've got good at changing them.

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As I've now found out the hard way, don't buy the cheap Chinese led bulbs off of ebay. I've now had 3 fail, as it seems they don't like the 13-14 volts that the bike puts out. Not a big thing as I've got good at changing them.

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I purchased mine at SuperBrightLEDs.com Installed the red lights and took my first night ride last night after work. Very comfortable color. Next I would like to DIM the cruise control indicator and high beam indicator. They are more distraction than I care for.

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Next I would like to DIM the cruise control indicator and high beam indicator. They are more distraction than I care for.
Me too, although they don't reflect as bad on the windscreen now that I got rid of the stock windshield. They're still too bright for my liking.

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What's the B/C?
Anyone know what led would give max light on the ground illuminating lights under the fall over protection wings
Is there a different light for main beam? separate on the 07 I have the bright led one on the low beam already. High beam looks yellow and really does diddly squat so never gets used.

Finally I love bright lights could some of the members make suggestions and post some picks of upgrades and additions done to start my imagination off. And maybe give advice on wiring up methods I.e. Separate fuse box power supply. Anyone placed a light under the seat? Or side bags?

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I replaced mine with superbrightleds and am happy with the change. I installed reds in all of the gauge backlights. On the indicators I replaced the bulbs with the corresponding led color of the filter except for the cruise and high beam. I went with red leds behind them to tone 'em down at night. I like the result.

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Only today did my Garmon start functioning. It normally reads Searching for Satellites. This is when I noticed the speedometer reading to fast. As I will now be removing the dash to make the changes in the speedo I would like to brighten up the dash with higher lumen bulbs and of a different colour. I would like to ask the people on this forum who have swapped over to LED's to show some pics of their new lighting and which colours work best. Thank you

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LEDs, # 74-CWHP3 at http://www.superbrightleds.com are the ones I'm seriously considering, based on several posts here on the forums. HTH.
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LEDs, # 74-CWHP3 at http://www.superbrightleds.com
+1 on superbrightleds.com... I like blue...


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The blue looks awesome, your headlight looks awesomore wow is that ever bright.

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The blue looks awesome, your headlight looks awesomore wow is that ever bright.
Thanks! I really like the blue. Even added a digital volt meter and USB power socket in blue...

The headlight is an HID. That pic is only the low beam. I converted the high beam as well... I like to see well!

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May I ask what you changed you High beam with? My ride is the 07 with separate high beam and would love to change it out. The very low yellow output is no better than a flash light. Can't see the purpose of having it there. Also if your high beam is inside the same unit of the 01 model would it be compatible to the 07 ? Thanks

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May I ask what you changed you High beam with?
I believe that your '07 has a different configuration in the headlamp housing than the original version like my '01. Both low and high beam are DDM tuning bulbs and ballasts. My bike had HID's for both when I bought her, but the low beam went out and I decided to replace both bulbs and ballasts together. I chose 4300 35W bulbs.

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Thanks for the reply.

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Which part number did you get for the 5 sided LED bulbs?

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+1 on superbrightleds.com... I like blue...


Which part number did you get for your blue LED bulbs and now that you have had them for a while are you happy with the brightness and color selection?

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Which part number did you get for your blue LED bulbs and now that you have had them for a while are you happy with the brightness and color selection?
That was a while ago, and I recently replaced that bike with a Gen2, but I'm pretty sure that those bulbs were found here:

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/74-led-bulb-3-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/228/

As far as color and brightness are concerned, as long as I had her I could not have been happier. They look great, got lots of compliments and the brightness was always "just right"...

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+1 on superbrightleds.com... I like blue...


Sure would like the part number for those dash bulbs! They look great!

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Hi, Steve. You should verify my note here, but it's the latest I have from superbrightleds.com site. 74-Bhp3 for blue ones. 74-Rhp3 for reds, and 74-Ghp for greens. Third character is key item. Good luck. And apologies if my listing is outta date.
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Hi, Steve. You should verify my note here, but it's the latest I have from superbrightleds.com site. 74-Bhp3 for blue ones. 74-Rhp3 for reds, and 74-Ghp for greens. Third character is key item. Good luck. And apologies if my listing is outta date.
Thanks to everyone who replied on my questions here.

Now I have to decided am I going Red or Blue?

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