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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-08-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Signals don't work

I had a rear signal crack on the rubber. Inserted a metal tube and JB Welded it together. Weld cracked, wires rubbed against tube and shorted out. All the blinkers quit working. Checked the fuses, they're OK. Replaced signal with brand new one. The blinkers still don't work. I can hear a faint "click" around the headlight area (I think, may be around the neck covers) when I use the blinker switch.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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I had a rear signal crack on the rubber. Inserted a metal tube and JB Welded it together. Weld cracked, wires rubbed against tube and shorted out. All the blinkers quit working. Checked the fuses, they're OK. Replaced signal with brand new one. The blinkers still don't work. I can hear a faint "click" around the headlight area (I think, may be around the neck covers) when I use the blinker switch.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?
Maybe the flasher unit has blown. $10 at the auto parts store.


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That's what I was thinking. Where is it located? Found one reference to battery box, is that correct?

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the flasher looks like a relay with 3 wires attached to the battery box


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I had a rear signal crack on the rubber. Inserted a metal tube and JB Welded it together. Weld cracked, wires rubbed against tube and shorted out. All the blinkers quit working. Checked the fuses, they're OK. Replaced signal with brand new one. The blinkers still don't work. I can hear a faint "click" around the headlight area (I think, may be around the neck covers) when I use the blinker switch.

Any suggestions on how to fix this?
I don`t understand what could be clicking around the headlight or neck covers when the signal relay is behind the battery???

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Me too, but comprehending electrical issues is like trying to understand quantum physics to me.

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I don`t understand what could be clicking around the headlight or neck covers when the signal relay is behind the battery???
It could still be the flasher unit. The geometry of the bike frame and gas tank might be channeling the noise forward (I'm assuming the engine was off when the clicking was heard). Only way to tell for sure is to pull the seat and disconnect the flasher unit to see if the clicking goes away.


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First you might want to check all the bulbs and fuses. If one side lights even faintly it may be a bad ground.

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Everything worked until the wires frayed. I even tried moving the 10 amp fuses from one location to another. All the grounds were tightened with threadlocker not long ago, but I can check. The lights don't do anything, even faintly.

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