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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
The stock turn signal housing/lenses are usually about the best quality available, just like stock mirrors. I'm surprised that you have problems with the turn signal housings on your '04, the ones on my '02 are in new condition. Be careful about replacing turn signals with some that are not DOT legal. I ran into that situation with my Rebel 250, which I am slowly customizing (that's what I bought it for). I absolutely hated the look of the stock turn signals, though they were still in new condition. They were way to big for the bike, and definitely not the look I was after. I was going to replace them with some of those tiny little one, very close together, like a lot of sportbike riders do, but they are not DOT legal, and probably not very safe, if cagers don't see the stock ones, they sure wouldn't see those little tiny ones. The other thing is, my state doesn't require turn signals at all, but if you have them, they must work, and be legal. So, theoretically, I could get a ticket for not giving a signal, if my signals were not legal. With the Rebel, so far, I have just gone without signals, and use arm signals, which actually seem to get more attention from cagers than the lights. But I'm keeping the stock signals on my Vulcan.
I have been riding around on my '94 Yamaha XT225 dual sport without turn signals for years with no issues. But I don't recommend arm signals to new or inexperienced riders. Keep both hands on the bars. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike