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    Red face Long time....

    Well, I've been putting this off as long as possible. I've had 2 dash lights out for a while. Which makes nighttime riding unique.

    This morning, as I took of for work in the dark, I noticed a 3rd lamp had extinguished. Now, I can ONLY SEE the "red zone" on the tach and my fuel gauge. Not the optimal situation.

    So, I ordered some LED's from SuperbrightLEDs this morning. I'll post on my findings after I get the lamps and install them.
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    Thumbs up DONE

    And all in all it was much easier than I had anticipated.

    My lamps came in early this past week. Finally got some weather that allowed me to do the change -- I have to work outside in the driveway.....

    Pulled the gauge assembly and pulled all the old lamps. I then left the new lamps in the sockets just dangling. Hooked up the connectors and turned the key - Being afraid of reversed polarity. Everything lit up just fine. Reinserted all the lamps and buttoned things up.

    I took some time to clean up inside the fairing and windscreen. It was a bit dusty in there.

    Went out this evening to have a look... I think it will do just fine. Glad I finally have this completed.
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    I ordered LEDs from superbrightleds.com a few months ago and thought I'd post some pics. I'm happy with the results. I do wish I would have gotten a wider viewing angle on the large bulbs. Everything is easily visible at night, some areas are just a little brighter. This is what I used:

    QTY...DESCRIPTION................................. ...........................................PRICE.. ......AMOUNT
    3.......WLED-x6: 6 LED Wedge Base Bulb-WLED-CW6: Cool White 0.95......3.74...........11.22
    6.......74-xHP: Wedge Base LED Bulb-74-WHP: Cool White........................2.49...........14.94

    Here's how it came out:

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    Hi.
    I am a ZR-7 owner from Greece.
    I have this bike for more than 8 years and the only thing that has broken down is the lamps of the two gauges.
    As I see, this is common in this bike.

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    just fitted the 501 leds just waiting for the smaller led's to come
    got them off amazon

    update
    all fitted and looking great
    for your info if in the uk, I got the main clock led's from here for just £1.98 delivered
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2211519325...84.m1497.l2648

    the smaller led's for the neutral light etc from amazon for £3.98 delivered
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    so it cost me just £5.96, bargain
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    There seemed to be a bit of confusion in this thread as to which LEDs would work and which ones wouldn't. I figured I'd post some links to clear things up. Every single light in my gauge cluster had burned out, so I was in desperate need of replacing them. I didn't worry about directional vs. flood LEDs. I'm happy with the result.

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    Blue 194 T10 168 LED 5 SMD bulbs for car truck license plate light, side light, 2pc : Amazon.com : Automotive
    Amazon.com: AGT 10x 194 168 2825 5-SMD White High Power LED Car Lights Bulb: Automotive
    Zone Tech 10x 194 168 2825 5-smd GREEN High Power SUPER BRIGHT LED Car Lights Bulb
    Amazon.com: Amico 2 x Car Vehicle Red 5050 SMD LED T5 74 Wedge Bulbs Dashboard Light: Automotive

    Roughly $30 total. Obviously this will leave you with a bunch of extras, but the size is pretty standard across different motorcycles and cars, so I'm sure I'll eventually find a use for the leftovers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBeneke View Post
    There seemed to be a bit of confusion in this thread as to which LEDs would work and which ones wouldn't. I figured I'd post some links to clear things up. Every single light in my gauge cluster had burned out, so I was in desperate need of replacing them. I didn't worry about directional vs. flood LEDs. I'm happy with the result.

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    Blue 194 T10 168 LED 5 SMD bulbs for car truck license plate light, side light, 2pc : Amazon.com : Automotive
    Amazon.com: AGT 10x 194 168 2825 5-SMD White High Power LED Car Lights Bulb: Automotive
    Zone Tech 10x 194 168 2825 5-smd GREEN High Power SUPER BRIGHT LED Car Lights Bulb
    Amazon.com: Amico 2 x Car Vehicle Red 5050 SMD LED T5 74 Wedge Bulbs Dashboard Light: Automotive

    Roughly $30 total. Obviously this will leave you with a bunch of extras, but the size is pretty standard across different motorcycles and cars, so I'm sure I'll eventually find a use for the leftovers!
    So which LED's did you put where? Red in the oil, green in the signals/neutral, blue in high beam and white in gauges?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obo View Post
    So which LED's did you put where? Red in the oil, green in the signals/neutral, blue in high beam and white in gauges?
    Correct. If you wanted to, you could replace everything except the oil light with white LEDs because the lenses for the turn signals, neutral, and high beams are already colored correctly. I didn't, but the end result would be the same.

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    I think my oil light lens is red as well as the stock bulb is clear like the others.
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    "White" Light....

    I was confused on this matter for a while. I now finally understand.
    The lenses create the color you see when using a "White" light (filtering out the other colors).
    So, to get the most visible light, you would want to use a lamp of the same color as the lens.
    ie... A red lamp for the oil pressure indicator, a green lamp for the turn signals and a blue lamp for the High Beams.

    Using a "white" light behind a colored lens will reduce the intensity a bit.....

    Being lazy I just ordered all "white" lamps....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obo View Post
    I think my oil light lens is red as well as the stock bulb is clear like the others.
    yeah the oil light has a red lens so I fitted a white led to mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUMP View Post
    I was confused on this matter for a while. I now finally understand.
    The lenses create the color you see when using a "White" light (filtering out the other colors).
    So, to get the most visible light, you would want to use a lamp of the same color as the lens.
    ie... A red lamp for the oil pressure indicator, a green lamp for the turn signals and a blue lamp for the High Beams.

    Using a "white" light behind a colored lens will reduce the intensity a bit.....

    Being lazy I just ordered all "white" lamps....
    Being lazy you'd have fitted a flashlight to your handlebars to shine on the guages
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    I'd be more tempted to do coloured to all my guages as the coloured LED's here (assuming I didn't buy online) are half the cost of the "white" ones.
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    I prefer to have very dim lights on the gauges when riding at night.

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