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    Got tired of not being able to see my dash, pockets, and other miscellaneous controls while riding at night. Here's my fix. Blue LED lights to match bike to light up dark areas. I removed the center emblem thinking I could get enough light to illuminate the grip/ seat heat switches. That failed, so will revisit.







  • #2
    I like it!
    I always wondered why Honda chose to illuminate some switches and not others, but it would seem that your mod would take care of that shortcoming.

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    • #3
      Nice i have been thinking about doing the same i do ride at night and it would be nice to find something that will work.
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      • #4
        I have to go back and add the light under the seat & grip heater dials or make center light more gooderer. I removed Honda emblem from dash panel for this install.

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        • #5
          Honda didn't back-lit some switches due to glare on the windshield at night.

          Let us know if you can see any with the blue lights at night.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rocky View Post
            Honda didn't back-lit some switches due to glare on the windshield at night.

            Let us know if you can see any with the blue lights at night.
            Ah! I now that makes some sense!

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            • #7
              Love the look of the Blue lights . . .
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rocky View Post
                Honda didn't back-lit some switches due to glare on the windshield at night.

                Let us know if you can see any with the blue lights at night.
                Havent had time to make additional changes. Then again havent done much night riding lately either. But its coming.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dxlnt1 View Post
                  Got tired of not being able to see my dash, pockets, and other miscellaneous controls while riding at night. Here's my fix. Blue LED lights to match bike to light up dark areas. I removed the center emblem thinking I could get enough light to illuminate the grip/ seat heat switches. That failed, so will revisit.
                  Have you thought about mounting LED strips under the handle bars? The height and angle should give you light on both sides where you want it, except when turning.
                  "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for few public officials." (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 425-426)

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                  • #10
                    That is essentially what I did. There is a small LED light at end of handle bar on each side. Doesnt matter when turning for obvious reasons. But good otherwise. But I have dark spot around NAV buttons. THats what I need to address better!

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                    • #11
                      I like this idea, now you have me thinking about something like this on my GL1500. . . .
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                      • #12
                        Meant to post a better pic of dash lighting. So here it is! The front and ground lit as result of headlights and foglights all being on.



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                        • #13
                          Brilliant!
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                          • #14
                            Very nice and clean. Any glare at night?

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                            • #15
                              Very nice..

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                              • #16
                                I like it.
                                Do you have some under handlebar shots of the lights in situ.?
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                                • #17
                                  looks similar to what I just did to mine. Sorry, not a great picture and haven't had a chance to ride it yet, but liked it just sitting outside the garage. I to didn't get the desired effect of lighting up the buttons around the key but am working on a solution. I want to make sure that I don't have any glare on the windshield as that annoys the crap out of me.
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                                  • #18
                                    Here are a couple more shots. the little white square is the light mounted under the bars

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by dxlnt1 View Post
                                      Meant to post a better pic of dash lighting. So here it is! The front and ground lit as result of headlights and foglights all being on.



                                      Now you need to post a video of setup. I have an '03 and use the Rivco strips on the control pods. But your setup is spot on. Can you dim the lights? Does the light reflect back into the windshield at night?
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Lone Ranger View Post

                                        Now you need to post a video of setup. I have an '03 and use the Rivco strips on the control pods. But your setup is spot on. Can you dim the lights? Does the light reflect back into the windshield at night?
                                        No dimmer installed. As the LED's are a soft light. Yet bright enough to illuminate controls. On/Off. I still have dark spots around the heater controls and waiting for time to be able to add another light to address. The blue light in center of dash was hoped to address this, but no go.

                                        No glare on windshield as lights are far enough away AND focused downward on dash. If you look closely, light stops halfway up front speakers.

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