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Old 09-26-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Took nearly all afternoon, but it's finally done. Got some of those 12 sticky LED strips off ebay. $5 for two strips 12 inches long(plus shipping). Took apart the dash(really not easy...) took apart the cluster and soldered them in on the 12v points where the oem bulbs screwed in. Put it all back together and we're in business...but, since I had to take my speedo/tach needles off, I think they're slightly off now. I'm going to try to find a way to mount my GPS on the inside of my windscreen and check how off they are.

Anyone ever used a speedo healer? I hear mixed things about them.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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Yipes. These things are intense! Didn't figure that the mere fact I could see them during the day would translate to them being insanely bright at night. HUGE difference.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:15 PM   #5
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yea i swapped my orange's out.. it's annoying at first.. u get used to it. pics!
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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Maybe adding a resistor would help dim it a little and extend the life of the led?..
correct me if im wrong...
..ive been experimenting with leds myself...
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Do LEDs burn out?
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Do LEDs burn out?
Typically only if too much current is run through them. If operated within their rated limits, they'll outlast incandescent bulbs many times over. I bought these to replace the bulbs in my gauge cluster. I am very happy with their performance. I was disappointed with the lack of mass on the wires, which could cause a loose fit. I soldered extra wire to the existing leads to make a tighter fit in the socket. I have before and after pictures of the gauges, I'm just too lazy to upload right now.



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Old 09-26-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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wait.. so u have LED STRIPS? in the cluster? not.. LED bulbs? did u replace it or just piggy backed them? or did u mean you bought the LED strips, disassembled then soldered them in?
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led's are known for having thousands upon thousands of hours of life, however those are the LED's in my $1.00 store flash light. if they are being over powered then they may burn out. looks good though, might try removing 1 sttrip if you think its too intense.


also, a gps anywhere on the bike will give an accurate reading of speed. and the speedo's are usually pretty tough suckers there should be some info about "correcting" it online.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:33 AM   #12
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I just bought the bulbs and put them in. Much easier. Similar results as yours. Ill put up pics of mine a bit later. I did white though.
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Yeah, strips. Originally had incandescent bulbs. So I took the led strips, trimmed them to length(these were able to be cut in multiples of 3), wrapped them around the gauge interior and soldered the lead to the +/- points on the pcb.

Strips like these:
http://www.elementalled.com/high-den...rip-light.html
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Those strips have current limiting resistors so as to work properly at 12-14V. I wouldn't worry about over-current. Seems very bright though, but if it doesn't bother you, those LEDs will probably outlast your bike.
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Nah. They don't bother me. Just took a bit to get used to. I really dig them.
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u could always get the gauges tinted like a baws! lol
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:48 PM   #17
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Yes there is bit of a hot spot/dark spot. But its not that bad, its also an old /design.
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #18
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You have a TL, too? R or S?
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mx6er, rem's look best-er-er =P
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