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Changing Speedo bulb notes and photos

It was not hard but certainly more work than I had anticipated.

You not only have to remove the headlight, you have to remove the brackets that hold the headlight as well. Then 5 screws to remove the back of the instrument panel and you can get access to the bulbs.

I almost wish I had gone to a Honda shop and paid the few bucks for the "Genuine Honda" bulbs. I went with cheapo bulbs from Autozone. I could tell by looking at the bulbs that the OEM bulbs were more vibration resistant.

Anyway I figured no reason not to replace all four bulbs while I had the thing apart. The two lower bulbs are the tiny ones and they are your left and right blinker indicators. The two upper ones are your speedo and tach backlight.

See attached photos. If you are lazy like me and get your bulbs from Autozone I used #74 and #194 for the replacements.

I finally got around to flushing my brake fluid too, on the front anyway.
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Not long back I remember someone saying to try blue bulbs as the replacement for the speedo and tach backlights. That sounds awesome! Does anyone have any pics of the blue glow with these bulbs? It's an easy enough job, if it looks good I'm ready to try it. Where do you get colored bulbs??

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Not long back I remember someone saying to try blue bulbs as the replacement for the speedo and tach backlights. That sounds awesome! Does anyone have any pics of the blue glow with these bulbs? It's an easy enough job, if it looks good I'm ready to try it. Where do you get colored bulbs??
I put cheapy blue bulbs in mine.. they just glow less bright & a slightly cooler color of yellow... they don't really change the color.. I don't recommend bothering with it unless you just want less light.. which I prefer. Less bright lights in my face at night is good. Up to you ???



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It was not hard but certainly more work than I had anticipated.

You not only have to remove the headlight, you have to remove the brackets that hold the headlight as well. Then 5 screws to remove the back of the instrument panel and you can get access to the bulbs.
It gets easier to simply remove the entire cluster from the bike.. 2 10mm nuts if I remember right.. then you can remove the back meter cover on your workbench face down in a soft towel. I have had my meter apart twice and I don't remember it being all that much work. In fact.. the worst part of the entire job is R&Ring the windscreen since you have to hold it and keep it from falling and all. Tell ya what.. I like taking stuff apart cuz you get a chance to clean the bits and places you normally can't.

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I put cheapy blue bulbs in mine.. they just glow less bright & a slightly cooler color of yellow... they don't really change the color.. I don't recommend bothering with it unless you just want less light.. which I prefer. Less bright lights in my face at night is good. Up to you ???.
I thought it would give the gauges a cool blue glow... I guess I'll be happy with what I have.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-07-2006, 06:10 PM
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I wanted to put like some red led's in mine but idk what size to get... i as thinking about installing a dimmer on them to while i was at it, not that much work at all

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