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post #1 of 64 Old 05-17-2010, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Turn signal replacement suggestions...

My wee got caught out in a nasty hail storm yesterday afternoon here in OKC. Golf, ping pong, and even baseball sized hail fell all over the metro, causing probably hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. My truck was lucky that it only got dinged up. My neighbor lost front & rear windshields and both mirrors.

The strom however, took a couple dings and lost 3/4 turn signals.

There's no way I'm buying 3 OEM blinkers! I've seen people doing the Buell signals or flushmounts, but what's a good option on the rear ones? I'd like to have a set of 4 of the same for consistency.

Also, are hail dings in the tank repairable? Or am I looking for a new tank? If I can't get it fixed, I'll probably just leave it. Only 3 decent dings. More like 30 on the truck...

My deductible is at 1000 so claiming anything on insurance would basically be just a formality while I pay for it myself anyways...

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post #2 of 64 Old 05-17-2010, 12:52 PM
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Buells............

I added 4 on my Wee..........like em.......but it cost me about $70 after shipping, etc (no Buell dealers in my area). I have two suzuki rear turn signals for sale for $10 each plus shipping ifin you want to stay stock. They came off an SV1000, but basically are identical to the strom's. Many will disagree here, but personally I don't think flush-mounted signals are as safe as stalks........get em out away from the headlight and tailight. Just my $0.02.
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post #3 of 64 Old 05-17-2010, 03:23 PM
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You can get some nice turn signals from Cycle Gear for about $17/pair. They even have leads that are pre-wired with the Suzuki connector for $6/pair. Makes an easy swap. You do have to take apart the rear end to get the turn signals off though. I did the front ones, but left the back stock for now.

I have pics of my set up, but not here. I can post later if you want to see them.

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Also, are hail dings in the tank repairable? Or am I looking for a new tank? If I can't get it fixed, I'll probably just leave it. Only 3 decent dings. More like 30 on the truck...

My deductible is at 1000 so claiming anything on insurance would basically be just a formality while I pay for it myself anyways...
Try calling one of those paint-less dent repair guys that give free quotes. If there are no sharp creases or broken paint, you've got a good chance they can do it. They reach in with levers and slowly work the dent out from the inside.

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I vote for the Buell signals.

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They're all moderately shallow, round dings, no paint loss either. Do the Buell signals look good on the rear? I don't think I've seen a pic of anyone who's done them all the way around.

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post #7 of 64 Old 05-18-2010, 07:30 AM
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I have them on the front and rear. You have to drill a locator hole on the rear. I use black RTV to plug the existing hole. Here is a picture of the washers use inside the fairing on the front.



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This shows the rear at a distance.


They are about and inch shorter than stock and dark so they don't stand out as much until flashing.

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My question is: are they flexible like Dirt Bike/Enduro style stalks - guess that's what I'm really interested in - the bendy quality of the stalk so I don't put a hole in my fairing if the turn signal smacks something hard.

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Buells..........

A few notes about the Buells........

1. they do not come with the M8 fine thread nut for the stalk......I have plenty if anyone needs some. PM me.
2. I wanted to use the stock Suzuki connectors which meant I needed to have the nut (and any washers) threaded on the wires before I grafted on the Suzuki connectors (the hole in the M8 nut is not large enough to pass the connector through). The Buells come with regular male spades (spears??).......there are connector kits you can buy that have spades on one end and Suzuki connectors on the other......$10 a pair, or something like that. I went the hard route, I guess......splicing and soldering. Anyway, the nut and big flat washer will not pass through the cowl (and rear fender) opening so I had to dremel-out some of the material for these to pass. No biggie.
3. I took the orange lense out of the buell bulb housing (they snap out) and purchased an orange bulb to replace the Buell's clear units. I believe the new orange bulbs are of higher wattage = show up better.

I really like the Buells.........everything I did to install them shows up somewhere here on the forum.......someone else did it before me.

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There doesn't appear to be a simple swap-out option out there for turn signals that don't get mashed into the fairing.....I really don't feel like doing wiring surgery or getting my garage laboratory fabrication center going, just to put in some turn signals that don't suck.....There's gotta be something!?!

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