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post #1 of 18 Old 03-06-2019, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Turn Signal cutout by PO?

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I've recently wanted to update my front turn signals but have found that the previous owner has had fun dropping this bike onto the bits that stick out (i.e. turn signals and plastics). They replaced the front signals with a semi flush mount type signal that I think don't stick out quite enough for other drivers to see which makes daily riding scary at best.

I ordered some LED signals and when I went to pull off the old semi flush ones I noticed what looks like a massive cutout where the original used to be. Is this normal? I'll post a photo later but its on my phone right now. I'm wondering if its almost the same size as the OEM signal and if I'd be able to put some back on or if I'm looking at a new headlight fairing?

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Here’s the cutout with the semi flush signal
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Get some thin metal and make some backing plates. My salvage has little tiny flush mounts so the holes can't be too big, haven't looked.
Or, order up some replacement plastic panels.
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If you do decide to find standard indicator replacements from a scrap yard, e-bay, dealer, etc, you may want to consider shortening the indicator stalks. Many pix on how to do this mod, Alain27 - Raccourcir les clignotants avant pour qu'ils ne touchent pas en cas de chute, without having to use the Google translation.
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I used the black plastic from a old oil bottle to make spacers and fill the gaps.

By using plastic if you dump the bike in the future the indicators will pull free more easily without any further damage and will go back in place just as easily.
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I used the black plastic from a old oil bottle to make spacers and fill the gaps.

By using plastic if you dump the bike in the future the indicators will pull free more easily without any further damage and will go back in place just as easily.
Seconding that idea.

I've done a very similar thing another bike and found that it worked very well. I had to use a little bathroom silicon sealant to help keep it all in place (and keep any water out as part of the loom for the headlight ran right next to, not sure if it was needed but as I'd got it all apart didn't seem to be a bad idea) but it held and didn't move about.
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I got replacement aftermarket turn indicators at the local Power Sports shop for about $20 and the stalks were shorter and more flexible.
They are dual filament so you can have running rights too. I had to use some large washers to fill in the difference in hole size.
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If you do decide to find standard indicator replacements from a scrap yard, e-bay, dealer, etc, you may want to consider shortening the indicator stalks. Many pix on how to do this mod......
Thank you for the link! I'll have to look at doing that so that I don't have future issues haha

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I used the black plastic from a old oil bottle to make spacers and fill the gaps.

By using plastic if you dump the bike in the future the indicators will pull free more easily without any further damage and will go back in place just as easily.
That's a fantastic Idea! I was wondering how I'd fill in the gaps rather than buy an almost $300 headlight fairing just for the turn signals to break if I ever dump it again.

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I got replacement aftermarket turn indicators at the local Power Sports shop for about $20 and the stalks were shorter and more flexible.
They are dual filament so you can have running rights too. I had to use some large washers to fill in the difference in hole size.
I'll have to check with my shop but they charge and arm and a leg because they're the only racket in town but I like the idea of running lights to be more visible!

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I'll have to check with my shop but they charge and arm and a leg because they're the only racket in town but I like the idea of running lights to be more visible!
It is simple enough with a 12v circuit tester.
The three wires will be a 5a or so for the running light, a 21a or so for the indicator, and an earth.
Connect the 21amp and the earth to the two indicator wires. Then find a wire anywhere in there that is powered on with the key and then splice the 5 amp wire to it.

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It is simple enough with a 12v circuit tester.
The three wires will be a 5a or so for the running light, a 21a or so for the indicator, and an earth.
Connect the 21amp and the earth to the two indicator wires. Then find a wire anywhere in there that is powered on with the key and then splice the 5 amp wire to it.
That would be watts, not amps. 😀
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