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post #1 of 12 Old 09-21-2009, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Stock Turn Signal Modification

After having shattered yet another front turn signal in an embarrasing tip over, I started to look at other options. Afterall, 48 dollars for an OE replacement assembly is awefully expensive.

Flush mounts seem like a good option, so do some mini turn signals, and I've even heard good things about Buell turn signals. But I didn't want to cut up my stock wiring harness to splice these aftermarket pieces in. Mini turn signals are going to leave an unsightly depression in the fairing where the stock behemoth turn signal once mounted. Plus many of these aftermarket turn signals aren't DOT approved.

I don't know if any one else has done this. I find it hard to believe that I'd be the first. But I did a quick search of the site and didn't come across anything.

I started looking at the remains of my former turn signal and devised a plan to shorten them. I shaved off the ribs near the end of the stalk and pushed the stalk further into the signal housing. It worked out well, the stalk pushed right up the bulb, almost like it was designed that way. I tried it first with my broken assembly, and would suggest doing the same.

Here are some pictures to help explain what I did.

Below is a picture of the rear turn signal to show the ribbed section I'm talking about.



I masked off the base of the stalk so that I wouldn't scuff it up. Then I clamped it in my bench vise wrapped in a rag so as not to leave marks. I used a mini hack saw and a file to remove the ribs.



I made a couple of other small mods to the stalk to make it work. There is a small metal piece that slips around the end of the stalk. To reuse that I made a slit in the stalk using a razor blade, conveniently along where the original lens screw hole is. Then I put a little super glue on the metal piece and pushed it in there. I also cut a little off the end of the stalk, at an angle so it wouldn't come in contact with the bulb. After I did all that I put it back together. Using the stock screw, I replaced the lens just as you normally would. The screw had no problem threading into a new hole in the stalk.

Below is the final result.



Here is a comparison. Although hard to tell in the photo, it actually brought the turn signal half an inch closer to the bike. Hopefully this will bring the signal in far enough to be protected by my Givi crash bar. Although I don't actually want to find out it if works.

The signal on the left (throttle side) is modified and the other signal is stock length.



Not only did this modification shorten the turn signals making it 1/2 an inch harder to break. But I think it actually improved the look of them. I used to think that the ribbed section added some flexibility to the light (although they're very rigid) but the modified signals reallly don't seem any less flexible.
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-21-2009, 12:33 AM
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Good work! I agree that the shorter stalk looks better. I'm curious... have you thought about gently laying your bike down to see if the signals will still touch the ground?
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Quick note: No need to cut or modify stock wiring to install Buell Turn signals. DMP (DynamicMotoPower) makes an adapter. Just plug it in. PN: 60-1932

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Good work! I agree that the shorter stalk looks better. I'm curious... have you thought about gently laying your bike down to see if the signals will still touch the ground?
That's a good idea and I hadn't considered it. But it seems to me that gently laying it down would require the help of another person. Maybe next time my Dad comes for a visit I can try it. Unfortunately that may be a few months.
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Quick note: No need to cut or modify stock wiring to install Buell Turn signals. DMP (DynamicMotoPower) makes an adapter. Just plug it in. PN: 60-1932
you can also save the plug from your stock signals and attach it to the replacement.

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That's a good idea and I hadn't considered it. But it seems to me that gently laying it down would require the help of another person. Maybe next time my Dad comes for a visit I can try it. Unfortunately that may be a few months.
I suppose you could always just let it free-fall and give the modified signals a REAL test!
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Great idea! I will do it to my 1000 tomorrow.

I did this to a Triumph and it makes the bike look better and gets the lenses out of harm's way.

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Buell Turn Signals

As others have mentioned, the Buell turn Signals do NOT come with the M8x1.0 Fine Thread mounting nuts. I ordered the signals......then ordered a whole bag (100) of M8 fine thread nuts. I didn't find any at Lowes or Home Depot. If you need 4 of these nuts for your Buell signals, send an email to me at:
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Do NOT send me a PM.....my box will fill up in no time. I'll send ya the nuts. In the title of the email, but something like "You are nuts"....."hot nuts"....."nuts to you" or something like that so it can be recognized easily by me. Oh yeah, your stock Suzuki connector will not pass thru this M8 nut (so cut/splice might be required).
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If you buy the adapter the bullet connectors on the Buell turn signals will pass through the M8 nut one at a time. Use a finder washer on the inside.






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Had to laugh...

...when I saw the cut-off stalk modification. I smashed my left turn signal as soon as possible after buying the bike. I got a bit too aggressive in rolling the bike backwards out of my steep slanted driveway, and when I turned the bars to swing the bike sideways to the slant, the extra bit of centrifugal force tipped the bike over -- no way to stop it since my downhill foot had an extra two inches to reach the ground. And at that point in time I hadn't really grasped just how shockingly top-heavy a DL1000 is. Anyway, I actually glued the smashed turn signal housing pieces together, siliconed the interior to keep out water, and then shortened the stalk exactly the same way. With my Pat Walsh crash bars they will not hit the ground in a tip-over unless there's a rock sticking up at that spot. Of course, that's going to happen sooner or later, and when it does I'll probably replace them with some Watsen design minis. Don't care if DOT doesn't like them.

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