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Old 02-25-2011, 07:31 PM
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What is the best way (preferably to avoid the dealership) To replace a front (left) turn signal on my 2008 DL 650?
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:52 PM
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When I broke my standard massive sticks-out-a-mile front right indicator I grabbed a couple sets of small ones from SuperCheap and put them on. Way better, in my opinion.

Note, they're not the LED ones that require a transformer. Mine just wired straight into the 12v system.

EDIT: Sorry, didn't realise I'd wandered out of the Australian section. SuperCheap is just an auto-parts outlet, well known here, but probably not in Colorado. Cheers.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:12 PM
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Buell's are a good replacement also. If you do a search you'll find a good thread on the exact part number. I think it's the Buell Odyssey or something like that. Smaller and more flexible.
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I replaced mine with some off E-Bay that don't have the stalk. The only issue with a flush mount is they make you potentially less visible signaling for a turn. I plan on using LED driving lights to help.
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I had the same issue and replaced both of my turn signals with Lockhart Phillips flush mounted Marker Lights. They do wire into the existing connections but they're a tight fit. If I was doing it again I would take off the side cowling to get to the mounting area and to the wires.
I like the way they look and now don't worry every time I'm in a tight place about my 'stick out a mile' turn signals.
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What is the best way (preferably to avoid the dealership) To replace a front (left) turn signal on my 2008 DL 650?
No one has actually answered the question. They are very easy to replace but you will need to remove a fair bit of the fairing unless you have very small hands.
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I'll try to answer because I just did this myself:

They are not too hard, depending on how pretty you want it to look. My look obviously after factory. The problem for me was the niche into which the OEMs fit. It is a strange shape. I gave up on finding a flush one.

Getting the replacements (LEDs) wired in properly took about 90 minutes. The second one went much faster.

It turned a $60 +/- fix into a $20 +/- fix that I think made a repeat less likely.

Does that help?

I deleted and reposted because I left out something important:

I did not remove the fairing at all. Threading the wires through and finding the right washer type hardware was most of the effort.

It wasn't too bad.

I am sure that I did not do it the easiest way.
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The 650 I just got had the front left signal bashed from a fall. A 17mm combo wrench and the nut came off with no trouble. I'm 6'1" 240lbs with big hands and I had no problem getting in the space without removing any of the fairing pieces. The electrical connector comes apart with the flip of a finger nail. Lift the clip gently and give a tug. The connector is asymmetrical and will go back together only one way.

I ordered a replacement OEM from Metric Parts Outlet (Metric Parts Outlet USA, AA (866) 237-2561) for about $20 less than Bike Bandit or Suzuki. Shipping wasn't too bad. I also ordered a clutch lever for $7 less than the Bandit. Metric's ordering system and schematic search is identical to Bandit's.

Should be arriving in the mail any day now. I'll report back on the reassembly but I anticipate a breeze.
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Good to see it can be done without removing fairing bits. I tried but was unsuccessful.

It wasn't a big issue for me to remove the fairing as I wanted to wire in my GPS, heated grips, and 12v socket at the same time.
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I recently swapped all my signals out with Buell ones (Y0526.K and Y0527.K). Got them from Chicago HD. Ordered online and had them within a week.

The good thing about these signals is that they use M10x1.25 nuts. You can actually find those at Home Depot or Lowes, unlike those M8 ones...

I didn't take off any fairing bits. I just reached behind the handlebars. You can also go from underneath. It was a tight fit, but it's doable.
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