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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-17-2010, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Rear LED turn signal swap out

I have looked thru most of the threads on changing turn signals out for LED turn signals.. and I cant find what I am looking for..

I picked up a set of smaller 18 bulb LED turn signals and want to MOD them on the rear of the bike to replace my wornout/broken turn signals... my question is.. will they use the same wires as the old trun signals?.. Will I have to add anything to the electrical system to make them work?.. dont want to plug them in and fry them or anything on the bike.
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I have looked thru most of the threads on changing turn signals out for LED turn signals.. and I cant find what I am looking for..

I picked up a set of smaller 18 bulb LED turn signals and want to MOD them on the rear of the bike to replace my wornout/broken turn signals... my question is.. will they use the same wires as the old trun signals?.. Will I have to add anything to the electrical system to make them work?.. dont want to plug them in and fry them or anything on the bike.
Yes.

You will need to swap out the stock thermal flasher for an electronic one. The LEDs don't draw enough current to activate a thermal flasher.

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cool.. will that still run the front flashers.. they will still be the bulb type (not changing those out...adding a light bar that I picked up off of Ebay)
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Yes and change your brake/tail light too while you are at it.

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I don't see why not but it would be faster to go to your local auto parts store and get one.


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Great thanks all.. and yes I think I will change the tail light too.
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I picked up a set of smaller 18 bulb LED turn signals and want to MOD them on the rear of the bike to replace my wornout/broken turn signals... my question is.. will they use the same wires as the old trun signals?.. Will I have to add anything to the electrical system to make them work?.. dont want to plug them in and fry them or anything on the bike.
"will they use the same wires as the old trun signals?"
YES

"Will I have to add anything to the electrical system to make them work?"

NO. If the LED's are the 1156 style bulb or they are designed as blinkers, you should not have to change anything. BTW you can't mix filament bulbs and LED's in the same circuit and use an electronic flasher - read the flasher instructions before you buy.

FYI: 1156 and 1157 style LED lamps are coming down in price, getting brighter, and require NO mods to make them work in the stock lamp housing.

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so your saying all LEDs for front and rear turn signals or all bulb type.. cant have LED's in the rear and bulbs in the front?... bummer..... but hey I paid next to nothing for these LED turn signals.. and I have several bulb type signals that I can try.. was going for a better look on the Vulcan butt.
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I have looked thru most of the threads on changing turn signals out for LED turn signals.. and I cant find what I am looking for..

I picked up a set of smaller 18 bulb LED turn signals and want to MOD them on the rear of the bike to replace my wornout/broken turn signals... my question is.. will they use the same wires as the old trun signals?.. Will I have to add anything to the electrical system to make them work?.. dont want to plug them in and fry them or anything on the bike.
If you are leaving the stock incandescent bulbs in the front signal stocks, you DO NOT need an electronic flasher.
The stock flasher will work with one filament bulb and one LED cluster just fine.

Only if you change out all 4 signals for LED lights do you need an electronic flasher.

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