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    How many lights are in my gauge cluster?

    I would like to switch to LEDs in my gauge cluster, but after looking at the replacement section in my service manual I am not sure of how many bulbs I would need to order? Does anybody know? Thanks

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    gauge cluster LEDs

    ckean,
    I did this conversion recently. if I recall of the top of my head (I'll double check tonight and reply if I'm wrong, or other astute members will correct me) you need 4 super white leds (194 type) which need to be wide dispersion. 3 green front focus 194 types for the neutral and turn indicators, one blue front focus 194 type for the hi/lo beam indicator and 1 red front focus LED of type 74 (not sure on this number off the top of my head) for the oil pressure socket. They're all plug and play in that I took out the bulbs and pushed in the LEDs. One thing though, and I stress this, the LEDs are polarized whereas the bulbs are not. so there is a right way and a wrong way to insert them. easy way to check is while the plug is out of the inst cluster, put the led in and check for function. if the led doesn't light up, switch it 180 degrees and reinsert it. this is the only caution. I've been really happy with mine as they're quite bright. I picked all of them up at www.superillumination.com if I recall correctly. Look at type 194 and 74. again i'll double check when I get home tonight.
    Brian

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    Thanks

    Brian thanks for the info, that makes ordering them much easier because it looks like I don't want to take the gauge cluster off too often due to the time involved. I think I might do a screen replacement at the same time. That link took me to a page on religous illumination, I think you meant:
    http://www.superlumination.com/ just in case anybody else is following the thread. Thanks again - Chad

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    Specific LED types

    Hey guys, thanks for all the great info. Looking for a bit of clarification.
    Both superbrightleds and super/autolumination have 194 socket LEDS with either a single bulb and the inverted "wide angle" top or 4/6/9 cluster LEDs with no top on them. My question is: is it better to have the wide angle dispersion of the inverted lens or to have the increased power of a cluster? Any thoughts/experiences?

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    Question Frame sliders for zr-7s?

    I just bought a 2001 zr-7s i was wondering if they made any frame sliders for it...

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    Those of you that have done this mod (or otherwise are familiar with the gauge assembly): what's the easiest way to get access to the light sockets? Following the service manual, I've removed the windshield and plastic cover, but the nuts it says to remove to detach the gauge assembly are hard to get to and apparently metric (have to buy some new wrenches). Some of the earlier pictures look like you just popped the gauge assembly off the mounting point without removing the whole thing. How'd you do it?

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    Thought I would add a note for the ZR-7 guys out there that don't have the fairings. You need (3) 194 bulbs and (1) 74 bulb for the gauges, and 74 bulbs for the indicator lights. I got the inverted 194 style LED's and they were too dim. I then got the style that have four LEDs around the bulb with one pointing out the end (five all together) and those work great! Now I can see the gauges well enough to read them at dusk! Oh, I also put one of the 74 styles that's a flat computer chip with two LEDs on the sides and one on the end.
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    TallBoy, where exactly did you get your bulbs and what part number did you buy? I bought a few high intensity bulbs and some inverted ones and they were very underwhelming.

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    eBay...

    194's

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    New to the forum and just stumbled on this thread while looking for other ideas on what to do to my 2002 ZR-7S.

    Can anyone tell me which leds from the following pages are best ones to get for the applications mentioned?


    Guages - http://superlumination.com/194.htm

    Ind & Hi/Lo - http://superlumination.com/194.htm

    Oil Pressure - http://superlumination.com/74.htm

    Cheers

    Chris
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    Stay away from the flat single LED options for the gauges... I know from personal experience they don't work too well. They do work, but not much better than incandescents. I've tried the bulbs with the inverted plastic cover to diffuse the light and a single high intensity SMLED, and neither were particularly effective. I'd think one of those SMT towers or the wedge matrix LED would be good for the gauges, if they'd fit. Unfortunately I don't really know how much room there is... it's a pretty tight fit, though.
    For the oil pressure light, you really can't go wrong. The first light I got worked great for me.
    For the indicators, you're probably best off with a single non-diffused LED that shines light straight out. I used a couple of the diffused LEDs in there and it looks like crap. Also note you can't use most of these LEDs for the turn signal indicators because the LEDs have very low resistance and screw up the RC circuit that makes the blinkers work. You could probably fix that by putting a resistor in series, or using an LED with higher resistance.

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    Those look sweet! ill get a set!! not to get off topic but does anyone know where i can get cheap clip ons for my bike. I checked ebay but I dont know what size my forks are. Do you have to buy special ones that are not for inverted forks?? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Jackman View Post
    The ZR can be push started, but it usually takes me with 2 pushers and a slight downhill.
    Hee hee, my 140 lbs was able to push start my ZR many times(before I got my battery). Just got a running start, popped the clutch, then threw my leg over it like a bucking bronco.

    But its definitely not as easy to push start as the other bikes I have.
    2001 ZR-7S - too many mods for the signature to handle, apparently.

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    DIY Mods for your ZR

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    I have switched to LED dashlights and I am happy with the result. Looking at changing the rest of the lights to LED, so I can have some extra Amps for accessories
    Neil
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