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    R90/6 instrument cluster F@%*

    i recently checked some bulbs to swap in my cluster, and when i pull it apart i notice rust building up on the inside around the bulb sockets. as i pull the turn signal indicator bulb out i accidentally tear a piece of the copper connection in the socket. . i carefully take out the other bulbs and check them and try to clean them best i could. any suggestions on cleaning rust out of these sockets? i cleaned up with some q-tips and alcohol...? when i thought i cleaned up enough i put it all back together... now the gen light doesnt work... with the bike running i tapped the cluster a bit... and it came on for a second... i try that a few times... same thing.. on and off.. Could it be a Loose Socket? Bad Connection? now i have it apart again here's a pic...

    Anyone now where i can get a new bulb socket circuit board thing?
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    Bob's BMW has the circuit board piece. I believe it is eighty some dollars. I replaced the one on mine several months back.
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    If your handy with wiring and micro soldering, you can complete the circuit or improve the circuit to the bulb with small bits of wiring around posts and wedged into the socket that the bulb goes. You probably opened up a trace on the plastic circuit and since the ends of that circuit are close together, rapping the instrument pod might make it work momentarily.
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    While I agree with Kurt that these things can be repaired, save yourself the trouble and get a new one if they are, in fact, still available. Sometimes this is the best way. You can plainly see in the picture where one of the tabs of copper leaf is broken where the bulb socket pushes in. It looks to me like the circuit for the "brake failure" indicator light. That flexible circuit sheet is delicate and it looks like your instrument cluster has been subject to the elements. (rust) Do yourself a favor and spend some money. While we all learn to make do with these old bikes and their parts, there is nothing better than new parts.

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    The bulb is part of charging circuit. Ie; battery will not charge if bulb not working. I think a new circuit board is cheap insurance.
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    If it was me, and I just had mine apart last week replacing the needle on the tach, I would remove the whole circuit board to replace bulbs. The tricky one is the high beam bulb; but the rest are designed for the bulb itself to be pulled straight out of the black little fixtures. The fixtures fit in the very delicate copper "holders" in the circuit board. All you need to do is pull those remaining 2 screws there in the middle of the board.

    Kurt is pretty much right; but then there is the philosophy of replacement if available. In this case, looking at yours, I would replace; but if you have to use the one you have use a fine points/relay file to clean up the copper elements, use a 12V power supply to each bulb after replacing the bulbs back in the circuit board on the bench, and then after you find out what is wrong with a bulb not working........fix that with a wire/solder bridge................Got an ohmeter?.....Use that to check if the bulb is getting power or continuity of the circuit itself.......God bless.......Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisDarrow View Post
    Got an ohmeter?.....Use that to check if the bulb is getting power or continuity of the circuit itself.......God bless.......Dennis
    Just had mine apart to replace the high beam indicator. You can actually poke an ohm meter in the side of the socket to test the continuity. There are two vertical strips on the side of the socket that allow you to test the bulb in the socket. Just a thought. The other point I would mention is that the GEN bulb does in fact affect the charging IF someone has not done the Snowbum mod by adding a resistor to the circuit. So, if it is still charging with the GEN bulb inop, I would say that mod has been accomplished.
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    Bob's BMW has the socket assembly/circuit board listed for $75... I paid $65 when I replaced mine in '08 from MAXBMW, but MAX shows them as not available, so Bob's may be the best bet...

    I had run some wire to complete a bad part of the circuit (speedo backlight) for a few years before finally replacing it outright. It worked fine, but I don't regret spending the $$ for the new one that works without any fuss. 30 years was enough for the first one- hopefully the new one will last as long...
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    I'd suggest that you replace the board simply because thatpart may not be available in the future and a replacement will last 30+ years.

    At just over $2 per year, thats a cheap fix!

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    thanks for all the advice, the light has been intermiten, and the battery died... sooo off to the radio shack to see if i can rig it for now until i can order a new part. The copper tag that broke is for the turn signal indicator, and the high beam looks like its going too... would those broken tabs cause the circuit board to not work properly...cause the gen light to not work properly? or could it simply be a poor connection from the rust? is there any cleaning solution for electrical contacts?
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    boiling Vinegar

    Boil some vinegar ( I do it in the microwave) Then use som Q-tips to work at the rust.

    Sounds crazy but I use it to remove mineral deposits on expensive medial equipment. (Learned from the wife!! -new she was good for something!!)

    you do have to soak it!!
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    What kind of vinegar? i thought of using coca-cola? but it might attract bugs later vinegar sounds better
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    Circuit Board

    In addition to your bulb circuit board, part # 62-11-1-243-439, about $65.00, I would replace the two little gaskets that go inside the speed/tach housing.

    "Circuit Board Gasket", part # 62-11-1-356-669, about $2.00. And "Rubber Gasket", part # 62-11-1-356-671, about $2.00. Now your housing really will be ready for the next 30 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennyPink View Post
    In addition to your bulb circuit board, part # 62-11-1-243-439, about $65.00, I would replace the two little gaskets that go inside the speed/tach housing.

    "Circuit Board Gasket", part # 62-11-1-356-669, about $2.00. And "Rubber Gasket", part # 62-11-1-356-671, about $2.00. Now your housing really will be ready for the next 30 years.

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    Thanks Denny,
    That is very useful info since I am in the middle of fighting an intermittent issue myself with a verified broken tracing to the headlight indicator bulb. And my gaskets could use replacing as well. I agree with the comment above that for thirty years of service, treat yourself to new parts when available and relatively inexpensive.
    As a side note: I replaced my speedometer and tac backlight lamps with green LED's from superbright, PN WLED-G_120. I got red and blue as well to check the effect. Blue was almost unusable, red was okay, green was as usable as the white AND looks cool. Pretty cheap as well.

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    I??ve the same ?¿pod?¿ as shown in the picture. Are the bulb sockets made to be pulled straight back and out, in order to change the bulb?
    I??ve tried that, not succeeded. Afraid to wreck it.
    Hans

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