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Pushr0d
Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The Search function doesn't turn up much in the forum for the last several years.

What is the current 'go-to' for replacing the front (in my case) and rear turn signal units? Old age and Florida sun have done their thing with the rubber stalks.

SPHD shows only the RF/LR unit, and I think it is actually for the rear - the fronts have/had a longer stalk. The dual use is only a reflection (sorry!) of the mounting of the fixture with the drain hole facing down.

So, either LED or incandescent - what're folks using?
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Eaglerider
Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 03:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/18970213088/permalink/10156043996213089

Time for some new turn signals. After 10 years, all 4 rubber stocks were broken. Since I have always wanted to upgrade to LEDs, I found these lights that look similar to the Ď10 turn signals and have LED bulbs. They are also brighter than the stock incandescent turn signal lights. I found them on Amazon with good reviews - especially regarding the brightness since I didnít want the dim LED turn signals sold in many places. $50 for a set of 4. I had to cut off the stock connectors and soldier them on these lights. I also changed out the flasher with EP36 electronic LED flasher from Autozone. Overall, I am very pleased.
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Ourdee
Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 03:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hint. The LEDs are so cheap you should buy 6. Wire the correct connectors on all of them. When you break one, you will have a matching spare in the Buell box.
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Pushr0d
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 09:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Thanks for the link!

It's been a couple of years since that FB post - how are the LED lamps holding up?

And, how do you order to get four amber lights - the Amazon selections don't say what color they are.
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Giarcg
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 06:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I de-limped mine with tongue depressors for reinforcement and Gorilla tape. Works well and does not look bad.
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Pushr0d
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2021 - 08:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

UPDATE

I have 'bandaged' mine with my old favorite fix-all - Shoo Goo(R).

Take a small file and clean the edges of the fracture, apply a good glob of SG, and then wrap it with masking tape.

Give it 12 hours or more to cure, then carefully unwrap the tape. The SG seems to stick like Grim Death to everything but the sticky side of masking tape.

Works great. So far.

SG dries clear-ish. I suppose if you were really anal, you could color the SG before you apply it, either with ink or maybe copier toner.}
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Etennuly
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I cut and fitted pieces of wood paint sticks to the bottom of the stocks. Then wrapped them with masking tape for strength and rigidity. Then wrapped the length of the stocks and around the light housings with that good rubber stretch 3m electrical tape to make them black and water proof.

Holding up well going on 3 years.
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Pushr0d
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2021 - 10:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

UPDATE - The Shoo-Goo repair works, but the stalks break in a different place.

I ordered two sets (of four) of these (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DBN9GFN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to replace the original bulb-type signals on my 2008 Buell Ulysses. The front two units' mount stalks had deteriorated, and were breaking in spite of my attempts to repair them. I bought eight, because the rear two are on borrowed time, and I wanted spares for down the road when the new ones fail.

They work fine. They have a cute 'flowing' illumination when they activate, then stay solid until they turn off, then the cycle repeats. They are close to the same brightness as the bulbs, and overall, they are roughly a half-inch shorter. They mount readily to the bike, except the original hole needs to be enlarged a good bit to fit the M12x1.75 threaded mounting rod. I recommend a step drill. The bullet terminals fitted to the lamps are smaller than the Buell originals, so you'll need to purchase some crimp-on male bullets. There are two males - make sure they are connected properly - if they are reversed, the lamp will not work.

The bad news - the shoddy threads on the mounts and the nuts. Apparently they were cut with a worn-out tool, because the thread (again, M12x1.75) is very 'short', that is, there is not much of an outer diameter. The nuts are the same way. Two of the eight I purchased would not engage the stalks tight enough to thread down. I ended up going with two that fit the best, and I went to the Big Blue Box Store and bought some flange nuts that fit a lot better - although the stalk threads don't contribute much.

Lastly, I ended up using a "GZXY 12V CF14 JL-02 3 Pin Adjustable Electronic LED Flasher Relay for Turn Signal Bulbs (1 Pack)" to get the proper flash rate.


Kinstecks LED Turn Signal
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Pushr0d
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2021 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What would be great is if someone 3-D printed the stalks. They separate from the signal housing quite easily, and there's not much to them. There's nothing wrong with the signal housings.

I was thinking of modifying a SCUBA hose strain relief, but the I.D. is way too big.
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Tootal
Posted on Saturday, June 05, 2021 - 09:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

While in Suches I noticed one of my stalks was getting rather limp wristed after riding a gravel/dirt back road. I'll be rereading this post now!
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Arry
Posted on Saturday, June 05, 2021 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I used duct tape. It is a dark color tape, so it's not too noticeable. I think I trimmed the width, and wrapped 2 or 3 layers. It's held for a couple of years, but I didn't ride much last year.
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