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IBTMech
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USA
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Posted - 03/12/2013 :  09:33:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit IBTMech's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Anyone know of a reasonably priced source for the mini bulbs in Bluebird rocker switches? Part #00048718. Three bucks a shot seems a little steep to me.

oldmech
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United States
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Posted - 03/12/2013 :  11:07:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use bulb #73. They are all a little bigger in diameter than the originals but a few twists of a 15/64" drill bit they work great. I get mine from Winzer for $.67 each.
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slippert
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USA
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Posted - 03/12/2013 :  11:14:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found a Wagner #17037 bulb fits them about .90 cents thru NAPA... still too much for a small bulb but less than bird gets.... birds must be hand blown by the Chinese....better quality..
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Wolf0r
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USA
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Posted - 03/12/2013 :  11:20:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Part#s Noted! Thanks guys.

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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 03/12/2013 :  11:23:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I keep saying I am going to find LEDs to put in place. Wish bird would force the supplier to make that change!
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partsman_ba
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United States
291 Posts

Posted - 03/12/2013 :  5:26:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We use the #17037's as well. Buy them by the case (200 bulbs.) Too much of a PITA making #73's fit...
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IBTMech
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USA
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Posted - 03/12/2013 :  5:36:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit IBTMech's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the input guys!

If it doesn't fit, FORCE it.
If it breaks, well, it needed replacing anyway.
Pullin' wrenches for 45 years.
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Wolf0r
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USA
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Posted - 03/13/2013 :  07:52:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The headlamp switch has green LEDs. If you could find the right size maybe they could be used. The black piece that holds the bulbs is made a little different on the headlight switch the LEDs are soldered or pinched in. Fun crap to play with between jobs. Dissecting failed parts.
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I keep saying I am going to find LEDs to put in place. Wish bird would force the supplier to make that change!


“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”
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Thomasbus24
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USA
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Posted - 03/13/2013 :  12:33:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmmmm...I have a bus about to go to the crush-o-matic...I will get the switch out and see what I can find!
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IBTMech
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USA
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Posted - 03/13/2013 :  4:08:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit IBTMech's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I just got a box of those 17037s for .90 each from Napa. Removing the burned out bulbs without disassembling the switch will be the game changer here. I bought a little removal tool from Grainger that has about a 66% success rate so far.

If it doesn't fit, FORCE it.
If it breaks, well, it needed replacing anyway.
Pullin' wrenches for 45 years.

Edited by - IBTMech on 03/13/2013 4:08:55 PM
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partsman_ba
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Posted - 03/14/2013 :  09:02:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do tell about the special removal tool. We use curved needlenose pliers with the tips dipped in liquid electrical tape or that stuff you dip tool handles in.
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