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Old 09-07-2011   #1
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I am swapping out stock turn signals with aftermarket LED replacements. I knew before I started this little project, that the LEDs would cause a fast-flash due to the lack of amp draw. I can live with that if I must, but if there is an easy fix, I suppose I should explore that possibility before buttoning everything up.

Can I use a resistor? If so, what size? Where do I place the resistor? In line with positive, or the ground, or does it matter?
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Old 09-07-2011   #2
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Re: LED Lights

Use an electronic flasher, rather than a resistance one.
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Use an electronic flasher, rather than a resistance one.
I have resistors laying around. I don't have an electronic flasher laying around.
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Re: LED Lights

I've bought LED's from this place multiple times. I seem to remember seeing a write up about how to add resistance somewhere on the site..

These are their solutions for the turn signal fix.

http://www.v-leds.com/resistors-flas...ignal-fix.html
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Re: LED Lights

When I changed to LED's I ended up using a flasher relay instead of resistors. Pull old one out, plug in new relay, done deal. Although there is no harm in just leaving the signals at the higher flash rate, you may even get noticed more.
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When I changed to LED's I ended up using a flasher relay instead of resistors. Pull old one out, plug in new relay, done deal. Although there is no harm in just leaving the signals at the higher flash rate, you may even get noticed more.
I've done a little research this morning. I didn't dig too deep, but all the electronic flasher relays seemed to be pretty expensive, and my existing relay is kind of a PITA to get to. I need to get it back together over the next few days (preferably today or tomorrow). Looking around at what I have to work with within reach, it would appear that I need larger resistors than what I have laying around, so I'm just gonna slap it back together as it is. The fast flash is a little annoying, but I can live with it. I don't care how pretty it is, I just want it to work.
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Re: LED Lights

Here is some more... It's from a Trumpet guy so it must be true, correct?

http://www.triumphrat.net/twins-tech...d-install.html

Maybe a trip to Radio Shack and make it right? Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it again???

Get it right, then I'll know how to do mine. .

I have some LED's that I want to swap out in the dash, but don't want to tear into it right now.
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Re: LED Lights

I did that years ago on the DR350SE. I had leds on the back and bulbs in the front. I pulled out there fancy flasher and got a $4.95 good old fashion flasher from auto zone and it worked great.
I was going to call you to talk about old bikes but thought it would better to reply or send an e-mail.

If you are really having a hard time with this I'll fire up the netbook and look for a picture of the flasher I used. I'm sure I have it as I did a write up for the DR forum.
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Looking around at what I have to work with within reach, it would appear that I need larger resistors than what I have laying around, so I'm just gonna slap it back together as it is.
You could also connect the resistors you have in series, effectively adding up their resistance... would save you a trip to the store.
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Re: LED Lights

This place has LED's with the resistors built in. Decent prices too.
www.superbrightleds.com
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You could also connect the resistors you have in series, effectively adding up their resistance... would save you a trip to the store.
I believe the resistors I have are too small, meaning they will likely melt with the amps passing through them. I'm not going to the store. I've already buttoned up the left side. I'm just slapping it all back together as it is, live with the fast flash for now, and come back and do it right later [maybe]. I'm not 100% confident in how long the LED signals will last anyway. They were some cheapies that I've had laying around. I'm just tired of replacing the duct tape holding the stock signal on and I don't want it falling off on my travels over the next couple weeks.
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Re: LED Lights

Thom, I have some that came with my led brake light/turn signal combo. They say 20w5jr on them not sure what that means if anything. FYI I don't use the turn signal function, nor do I use the resistors u are welcome to them, although other then thru mail I'm not sure how I would get them to you.

On a side note the electric flasher is only 9.99 at autozone
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On a side note the electric flasher is only 9.99 at autozone
Hmm... I was not aware of those. That's good to know. I may have to snag one of those further down the road. Thanks for the info.
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Re: LED Lights

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I am swapping out stock turn signals with aftermarket led light. I knew before I started this little project, that the LEDs would cause a fast-flash due to the lack of amp draw. I can live with that if I must, but if there is an easy fix, I suppose I should explore that possibility before buttoning everything up.

Can I use a resistor? If so, what size? Where do I place the resistor? In line with positive, or the ground, or does it matter?
hello man I know thread is pretty old but which lights have you got? I am searching for replacement bulbs so which option will you recommend? Looking forward for quick reply... Thanks

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