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Has anyone converted the dash lights, idiot lights, whatever you call em, to LEDs. What do I need as far as resistors ext.
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Headlight H4/9003 x1
Turn/marker front 1157 x2 amber, 1.5" max length
Turn rear 1156 x2 amber, 1.5" max length
Brake 1157 x2 red, 2" max length
Plate 67 x1, 1" max length
Speedo/Tach/Temp/Fuel backlight 74 x5
Turn indicate 194 x2 amber
Oil psi 194 x1 red
Neutral 194 x1 green
High beam 194 x1 blue
Headlamp fail 194 x1 white

The bulbs are all plug-n-play.
This headlight fit perfectly in my housing and puts out really good light. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ilpage_o07_s00
You will need a capacitor to filter alternator noise (ripple) that could cause light flickering at idle. https://www.bandc.aero/electrolyticfiltercapacitor.aspx
You will need an LED specific flasher. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ilpage_o06_s00
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You will need an LED specific flasher. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ilpage_o06_s00
that flasher may work, (I dont know specifics on it), but an EP34 from local parts store will plug and play and is under 20 bucks. I believe our flasher is only 2 pin

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3 pin.
But 2 pin will work fine. The third pin is just dedicated ground for the electronic controller.

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I'd recommend using leds in your headlight, running lights, brake, and turn. Would not recommend them anywhere else. Bright gauges and indicator panel lights are annoying distractions from the road. On top of that using them in the gauges isn't even lighting across the lens and looks janke. I owned a company for 14 years that modified gauges for cars to convert to led and I've argued with every fool on the planet that says his lights up evenly so when he goes and takes a pic to post with reasonable contrast, not blown out, it looks like hell. We had to modify the leds and clusters both to get them looking good. The problem is twice as bad with motorcycle gauges.


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I owned a company for 14 years
LED technology has changed dramatically even in the last 2-3 years.
When I bought sealed beam LED headlights for my car 5 years ago they were $250 each with only two 1 watt elements each. They looked and light (and still do) fantastic, FAR better than any sealed beam incandescent headlight. But today I can get LED headlights for a fraction of that price that perform even better.

14 years ago might as well have been the stone age. Doing these kind of light conversions in 2004 would have been massively expensive and low quality. Comparing what you were doing so long ago to what is available today is not valid.

That said, you must be picky when buying LEDs as there is a large variety in quality and price.

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