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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-29-2009, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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LED turn signals?

Hey everyone,

Looking to replace my turn signals with LEDs. Not just those little LED bulbs, but one of those boards that have LEDs on them or a complete assembly with LEDS built in.

I found these: http://clearalternatives.com/Merchan...Code=KCRUISERS

Anyone have those? Do they fit our bikes? (not feeling the clear lens though)

Or is there a LED board that fits into the factory turn signals?

I tired searching, but the word "LED" is too short and I can't search for it
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I like LED's but you need to know they are only super bright when you look directly at them. The regular 1157 bulb is much more visible to the side of our blinkers than LED's. If you find a LED board that has LED's pointing to the side of the blinker lens as well as to the face, let me know, I'll buy it.

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Good point. Also the main advantage to LEDs as I understand it is lower power consumption. I've been told the turn signals are used so little that there is negligable benefit to swapping them for LEDs from the power saving stand point.

You're better to address the tail light if I understand correctly. It runs all the time and draws constantly.

What are your aims in putting on LEDs? Change the look of the bike? Be more visible to others? Lower your power draw? It always helps to know what you're trying to accomplish.

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Mostly better visibility (wouldn't mind new turn signals though). Already have the LED tail light and its noticeably brighter than the incandescent bulbs, so I was hoping for the same with the turn signals.

You're right about power consumption with the brake light. Before the headlight would dim a bit when braking, now it doesn't dim at all.
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What are some good brands for LED boards for the taillight?

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What are some good brands for LED boards for the taillight?
I upgraded both the brake/running (even made a second sissy bar mounted brake light) and turn signals to LED using Radiantz 1.85" dual-intensity clusters (search for my posts and pictures in the gallery). You can these clusters on at various online sites for $20+/piece with bases. However, they do show up on eBay for $3-$5/piece, which is where I got mine. I used the old bulb bases to make the connections.

Results are very bright, but somewhat directional as pointed out in earlier posts.


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Radiantz makes an Eclipzed LED for the front turns. This model keeps the front running lights at 100% brightness and blinks off for turn signaling. This is different than stock turns which are 50% bright as running lights and blink to 100% brightness for turn signaling. Definitely worth looking into.

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