Factory Gauge Bulb

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Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:03 pm

Does anyone know the factory gauge bulb size? The bulb on my tach side went out last week, and I am going to try to replace it soon. I looked online, and haven't been able to find any where that list the size. I even checked the Wall here, but I maybe over looking it.

Of course I can take the bike apart and see what size it is, but I didn't want to have to take it apart, get the bulb size put it together again, go get a bulb, and finally take it a part a second time to replace it.

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Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:58 pm

The stock bulb is number 158. It's a 12v 1.7w bulb. At least that is what is stamped on the bulbs that I have sitting on the work bench. I believe 194 and 168 can be used too both are those are a bit brighter. It looks like the 194 has the longest life. They do make led replacement bulbs in that size too
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Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:22 pm

Thanks. I was thinking about stopping by the local auto parts store to pick one up. I like the idea of an LED one, just because of the brightness, so I will see if they have one in stock. Knowing the stores around here they most likely won't.

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Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:00 pm

My bike had 3w wedge bulbs in there. 501 w3w is the design number I think. 5w is easy to find as it is commonly used on vehicle sidelights but don't be tempted as it could melt your speedometer for you. LED bulbs are often cheaply made and rarely give a good spread of light when retrofitted in this way.

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Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:58 am

I ended up getting a LED 194, and it looks nice and bright. If I am correct there should be three lights in the gauge, based on the Youtube video below, at about the 14 second mark. I had originally only thought that there was only two lights behind the gauges. After putting in the LED light it is clear that there should be three, and that one went out and the previous owner didn't replace it. Also found out that the previous owner didn't take care of the bike that well because while figuring out how to remove the light, found that the gauges were covered in a rubber glue/sealant, and that some of the screw housings was broken. Just means one more part to have to repair in the future.


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Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:26 pm

There are (7) bulbs total in the instrument cluster. As Ride mentioned, they are #158 or suitably replaced by #194.

Of those seven bulbs:
  • (3) are used for illumination
    (1) is used for the neutral indicator
    (1) is used for the high-beam indicator
    (1) is used for the signal indicator
    (1) is used for oil warning indicator.

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Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:49 am

Yea, I was able to find the ones that I needed (the 194s), and got them in LED. Kind of upset because I paid 13 a bulb, and I saw them at a truck stop for 5 a bulb.

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Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:59 am

Here's where I've bought some of mine in the past, superbrightleds. If I remember right, they're based in St. Louis, MO. I had to replace all 3 of the illumination ones after buying the bike, I guess I ought to go ahead and replace them with the leds as some of you have done.
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Tue May 26, 2015 11:14 pm

Hey guys, I know this question is probably really dumb, but I cant seem to find out to do this. At about 30 seconds into the video, he turns on the gauge illumination. I just recently purchased my bike and started it at night and my gauges were not illuminated. Is there a switch I have to turn on for this? If so, where is it? Thanks for baring with my knowledge. :cry:
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Wed May 27, 2015 6:44 am

evoxboost892 wrote:Hey guys, I know this question is probably really dumb, but I cant seem to find out to do this. At about 30 seconds into the video, he turns on the gauge illumination. I just recently purchased my bike and started it at night and my gauges were not illuminated. Is there a switch I have to turn on for this? If so, where is it? Thanks for baring with my knowledge. :cry:
Nope, no switch, the gauge illumination is always on, at least on mine. I'd check all your bulbs and connections.

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