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    looks good
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    awesome I still need to check mine in the dark, I keep forgetting!
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    OK so I finally remembered... All Xenon White LED's....

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    better picture of my green led clocks
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    i just recently did mine too....

    but i took it further....pulled out the white "plastic reflector" that rims the inside of the 7s pods..and cleaned it real good..then i took the internal housing gutted it and painted it chrome/silver(white works good too) this allows for more "reflected light" to go where its suposed to..ive been doing this on 50's and 60s cars since the 90s and the improvement it makes its incredible..even with old fashioned lighting

    really wishing i hadnt LED'd the N light its obnoxious
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    Quote Originally Posted by sh0rtlife View Post
    i just recently did mine too....

    but i took it further....pulled out the white "plastic reflector" that rims the inside of the 7s pods..and cleaned it real good..then i took the internal housing gutted it and painted it chrome/silver(white works good too) this allows for more "reflected light" to go where its suposed to..ive been doing this on 50's and 60s cars since the 90s and the improvement it makes its incredible..even with old fashioned lighting

    really wishing i hadnt LED'd the N light its obnoxious
    yeah I did that on my old polo car on the heater controls, they have 1 small bulb to light 3 switches and the white card had gone brown over the years.
    I used white emulsion paint, looks better than new now.
    same here with the warning lights, im thinking of changing the main beam led back to bulb, its just to bright at night, but at least i'll never forget to dip the light I guess lol
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    another option for LED's that are too bright...is to SAND the bulb with 220grit...the more "satin" you can get the bulb looking the less projection it has..it will cause the light to be a little dimmer and "defuse" the light considerably...ive done it for acent lighting(dome lights interior lights etc on cars with great results)....this is likely what ill do with my idiot lights....HOWEVER i RREFUSE to run an LED in the oil light..reason being is you have no way to test that you got the polarity correct...secondly its used never unless your in trouble its safe with a normal bulb

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    Quote Originally Posted by sh0rtlife View Post
    another option for LED's that are too bright...is to SAND the bulb with 220grit...the more "satin" you can get the bulb looking the less projection it has..it will cause the light to be a little dimmer and "defuse" the light considerably...ive done it for acent lighting(dome lights interior lights etc on cars with great results)....this is likely what ill do with my idiot lights....HOWEVER i RREFUSE to run an LED in the oil light..reason being is you have no way to test that you got the polarity correct...secondly its used never unless your in trouble its safe with a normal bulb
    RE testing the LED - doesn't the oil light come on when you turn the ignition ON but haven't tried to start the bike yet? Mine does. The LED has the same opportunity to crap out an regular bulb does (just not with a broken filament.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obo View Post
    RE testing the LED - doesn't the oil light come on when you turn the ignition ON but haven't tried to start the bike yet? Mine does. The LED has the same opportunity to crap out an regular bulb does (just not with a broken filament.)
    as said here the light comes on with the ignition and goes off when you start the engine
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    ok so my brain dipped for a min...i totaly forgot it came on with the key on

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    Quote Originally Posted by sh0rtlife View Post
    ok so my brain dipped for a min...i totaly forgot it came on with the key on
    I'd say replace the light bulb in your head with an LED, but the consequences for a reversed polarity could be disastrous

    I only added in mine comes on as I don't know what may have changed on your bike over the years. I think it's come to be seen it's not exactly "stock"
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    Hi I am new to this forum and dont know how it works..I have a question..Please..My GPX@%) keeps blowing the LOW BEAM on the headlight..any ideas.
    Alternatively some instructions on how to start a threat or a post would be appreciated as well
    I am a 40somethings mum: had my license and bike for only 6 mths
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    Can someone with experience tell if the bulb on the right will fit as a replacement or is it too long for the gauge cluster project? Standard 194 on the left. This is a JDM Astar 194 replacement. I don't have any on hand, but I used them on my last bike with good results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyFlip View Post
    Can someone with experience tell if the bulb on the right will fit as a replacement or is it too long for the gauge cluster project? Standard 194 on the left. This is a JDM Astar 194 replacement. I don't have any on hand, but I used them on my last bike with good results.

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    I doubt they will fit properly.

    I tried these with poor success at best and failure at worst. I bought the round headed one's with the intent to use them in the indicators (turn, neutral, high beam) and the flat headed ones in the speedo cluster.

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    Obviously these are not smd's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sf_frank View Post
    I use an Osram Silverstar H4 bulb in the headlight of my ZR-7S. It's brighter than the OEM bulb and is less expensive than the PIAA'.s I get the Osram H4 bulbs from California Sport Touring.
    FTR... I just replaced my headlight bulb with this same bulb and it is brighter than the Philips bulb that was in there. It could have been an age thing; I don't know if halogen bulbs become dim with age or not. Picked it up at Wal-Mart for 18.88 then removed the fifty dollar PIAA from my amazon shopping cart. I'm not going to experiment any further with headlight bulbs like I did on the C14. I'm probably going to add a set of LED spot lights for better visibility in the dark (probably Denali D2).
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