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post #1 of 17 Old 10-23-2010, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Front turn signal replacement not so easy

My bike fell over and the left turn signal has to be replaced. So, with new turn signal in hand, $42, I began removing what was left of the old one. Unbolting the remaining piece was no problem, but when it came to disconnecting the plastic connection for the wires, it would not come apart. So, what is the trick? The new wire definitely matches the old, and I can see a little square nub which I assume clicks in somehow, but how do you get it to disconnect. I ended up cutting the connector off the new light and connecting the wires to the old, still connected wires in the old connector. It will work, but I donít like being defeated by a small plastic connector.
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-23-2010, 07:48 PM
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Oh, there's a connector? I just cut the old wires and soldered the new ones in. :mrgreen:

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There is a plastic locking lever on the connector. It needs to be lifted to separate the two pieces.

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In the connection, there is a little lever that pins the turn signal connector. Just put your finger into that lever as far as you can and pull it apart.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-24-2010, 11:35 AM
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I'll soon be facing the same problem, so thanks!
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-24-2010, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again.

I won't be re-doing my wiring job for now, but to your replys I know how to do it correctly the next time. I'm assuming this isn't only place Suzuki used these connectors. What a great website.
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-24-2010, 03:42 PM
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My memory is probably poor but, as I remember, there may be only two electrical connectors in a DL1000 that are the same configuration. Almost every one seems to have a different security/fastening method which tests your ingenuity (and patience).

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Only $42 what a bargain, my replacements cost $120 each, the price of living in Godzone. Still, at that price I've taped up the old one's until they are beyond use (yes, I've managed to damage both, a gift I have ) Note to self ' I must remember to put down the kick stand...every time
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-25-2010, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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$42 actually $48

I mis-stated the cost. I paid $48 for the turn signal and $12 for a clutch lever plus $10 shipping from Cheapcycleparts.com. While I was working on the turn signals, I spray painted the inside with silver paint, as was suggested in another post, and also added bright silver duct tape where it was easy to fit it in. To my eye, it makes a worthwhile difference.
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post #10 of 17 Old 10-25-2010, 04:27 PM
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Next time (inevitable...) consider replacing with Buell Ulysses turn signals. Narrower, more flexible, still quite visable and much less expensive. Although, might be more difficult to get now that Buell's gone out of business. I still see them on ebay for about $20 (used to be $12). Not a perfect fit, as they fit into, not over the indent for the TS on the cowling, but not really noticable. You have to redo the wiring, of course to hook up to the stock wiring.

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