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Dumb question, but how do you remove the bulbs from the instrument cluster?  I didn't want start trying to rotate them or pull them straight out and break things.  Also, is there any risk of damaging the cluster if I unscrew it to access some of the bulbs?

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Rotate counterclockwise, and pull. Should come right out. Yes you can remove the instrument pod without worry. Probably not a bad idea to clean all the connections while your in there anyway. Just make sure the contact cleaner you use is safe for plastics.

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If you’re in there, replace them all with LED. I have a list at home of the sizes needed I can post later if needed. I use white behind the dials, blue behind the LCD and same color as the lens for all the indicator/idiot lights. The Fi light I left incandescent because the LED comes on half lit all the time otherwise. 

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You need to be careful which LEDs you get. I tried this recently. The white LEDs changed the colour if all the warning lights. And not just slightly-completely different colours.  Clearly the “white” actually contained a lot of blue.

 

 They were also very patchy so poor for dial illumination. I kept two blue ones behind the LCD which looked OK, went back to stock on the rest. May try others later.

 

These are the ones I got. Avoid these...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/501-Led-Xenon-Super-White-High-Power-T10-W5w-194-Capless-Side-Light-Bulbs-12v-/132511877125?var=&hash=item64a0a2a2c8

 

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I solved the color change and patchy problem in a rather cruel way - spayed them with black paint a couple of times. As they are assumed to outlast the bike I don't really care about the problem having to redo a single LED again.

 

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