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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old May 24th, 2012, 12:56 pm Thread Starter
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License Plate Light

Has anyone come across a replacement for the license plate light on an 04 K1200RS? The molded plastic ears that hold the clips that hold the bulb seem to break on me every year, just before I go for inspection. I can epoxy the clips on, but that's a band aid and I'd like to find a more permanent solution, maybe LED? Obviously, Gunther came back from a wild weekend at Oktoberfest before designing this part; it's designed to guarantee failure.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old May 24th, 2012, 1:42 pm
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There is only one solution and that is white LED. Had the same problem, got fed up preping the bike every year for DOT and cleaning all the gunge off those spring contacts. The heat from the bulb and bad contacts makes the clear plastic supports go brittle and break. Uberdollars to replace the lamp unit at the Stealer and you still have the same problem after a year or two. I went a step further and soldered my led bulb to the terminals. I mean, if the led is going to last 20,000 hours and all the bumping around, it should still be working when the bike expires.

While you are at it, swap out the parking lamp for a triple high smd led array too.

There are two solutions. Mine was a Sunday night fix before my bike test next day - I cut some Veroboard the shape of the bullet lamp, soldered on about 4 high brightness leds and Bingo, job done. It is still in there working fine.

The proper way is to buy a led replacement off the web. You will get something looking rather smarter than mine.

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