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post #1 of 13 Old 11-16-2011, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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2009 LED instrument indicator

Installing LED indicator bulbs on KLR-650.

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Stock instrument bulbs are type 194, wedge base bulbs.
Dimensions are 24mm length overall, 17mm bulb length, 9mm by 3.5mm base, bulb diameter is 10mm.
A longer bulb than stock bulb can be used in instrument housing.
The stock 194 bulb is approximate 3 lumens (my guess).

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The below bulbs were purchased from superbrightleds.com. I researched several manufacturers and suppliers of LED bulbs and settled on this company since they provided technical details for their bulbs and prices were good. WLED-W, 120 degrees, 3 lumens, white. Great for gauge lighting. Three are required.

WLED-GHP, 12000 mcd at 120 degrees, green (Polarized). Perfect for Neutral light. Note: This bulb will not work as a turn signal indicator, without modifications, since this bulb is polarized and the turn signal indicator changes polarity between left and right turn. To use as a turn signal indicator: purchase a full-wave rectifier from Radio Shack for $1.39; cut the wiring near the bulb plug and solder the rectifier to the wiring so the AC is the input and the DC goes to the bulb socket.

WLED-BHP, 6000 mcd at 120 degrees, 18 lumens, blue. Brighter than stock High Beam indicator.

WLED-G4-32, 10350 mcd at 32 degrees, 2.5 lumens, green. Did not try this bulb. It is non-polarized which will allow installing as a turn signal indicator.

Use this link to convert milli-candela to lumens.
go to led.linear1.org/lumen.wiz
Stock bulb illumination: Only the Neutral indicator is on.



After conversion: using WLED-GHP, WLED-BHP, WLED-GLX. Note the turn signal LED was later changed to WLED-GHP (with a full wave rectifier for polarity correction). The WLED-GHP is too bight and is a distraction. I thought about trying the WLED-G4-32 ($2.59) but did not.

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Ya, nice. I did my '08 a while back with the WLED's also. Great in the instruments however I removed them from the neutral and high beam indicators.....distracting as they were TOO bright. Left one in the turn indicator so my dumb a** can remember to turn them off !!!

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Ya, nice. I did my '08 a while back with the WLED's also. Great in the instruments however I removed them from the neutral and high beam indicators.....distracting as they were TOO bright. Left one in the turn indicator so my dumb a** can remember to turn them off !!!
Thanks for this info, desertduster. I may add upgrading my turn signal indicator bulb to my list of things to do to the KLR over the Winter. It's hard to see in the daylight and I suffer from the same syndrome described by flash, here. I see something shiny and get distracted and forget I had the turn signal on.

I'm pretty good about it and don't do it too often, but it only takes one time when you have your turn signals on unintentionally and something happens.

Thanks again. Good info. I appreciate it.



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Cool, thanks for the info. Something else I've been wanting to do...
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Does that rectifier come with instructions from radio shack? I'm thinking this can't be rocket science, but electrical mods are not my strong suit.
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Does that rectifier come with instructions from radio shack? I'm thinking this can't be rocket science, but electrical mods are not my strong suit.
The rectifier does come with a little schematic and a pinout of the device. Connect the AC Input side of the rectifier to the input side of the indicator and the DC Output side to the bulb. Plug the bulb in the socket and turn on the turn signal. If it lights then you are good to go; if it doesn't light, then pull the bulb and rotate it 180 degrees and then you should be good. I would try to get a non-polarized bulb first and see if you are happy with it. The WLED-G (120 degree) bulb is non-polarized. Another poster talked about using the WLED-G4, 32 degree bulb (Part#: WLED-G4-32). It is 7 lumens and looks like a good solution.

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Thanks. I had everything apart to change headlight bulbs, and your post was quite timely. I'm going to give it a whirl. I want my turn signal indicator brighter, so I am reminded to turn them off. All the parts are in the mail. I will let you kow how it turned out. Thanks for your suggestions. I ordered all the bulbs you suggested, and I'm a big fan of LED bulbs. I'm slowly converting my house and everything. Heck - I just converted my maglite flashlight with impressive results. I will let you know how it turned out when finished.
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The Results Are in - BEST $20 Mod for a KLR

So this is simply a great mod. 3 white LED bulbs mentioned in the thread + the green one for neutral and the blue one for high beams. What I did a little differently, however, is that I did not solder in the rectifier. I bought the green non polorized bulb mentioned. I thought it would be a little dimmer, and it probably is. But you cannot tell. In fact it looks brighter, probably because of the 32 degree beam. With that buld on the turn signal switch, even on the sunniest of days, I probably will never again forget to cancel my turn signal. This is a great mod. Great suggestion by desertduster. The results are fantastic. The work is easy. SuperbrightLEDs.com is a super bright company. Choose US Postal mail for delivery. I've done dozens of mods to my 2008, and I am thinking this is the best $20 I've spent on the bike.
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I read your post also before doing the work. I see you had some blue LEDs left over from a dash mod to your truck and then found some whites on ebay. I could not find that deal and was very comfortable using the spec'd bulbs from superbrightLEDs. I did not want to put a blue bulb under the green lense cover for the neutral indicator. How did you address the polarity issue with the turn signal bulb??
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