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Author Topic: LED tail lights/turn signals  (Read 93 times)

bullethead63

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LED tail lights/turn signals
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:11:05 AM »
Hello,fellow Bullet Jockeys...I just installed LED tail lamps,1157 type,and was so happy with them I replaced my 1156 type turn signal bulbs with LEDs...only,they don't work properly...on my '99,they come on,but don't flash...on my '00 and '02,they ALL come on,like running lights,and they don't flash...but...they certainly are BRIGHT...any helpful hints?Some sort of ballast resistor?Load equalizer?Help...
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Re: LED tail lights/turn signals
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2014, 01:01:51 AM »
     The flasher relay works on resistance. The LED lights have MUCH less resistance than the stock bulb. The stock flasher relay can't work with this. The lamps won't flash and you may get other strange effects. You must get a relay for LED lamps. You don't need resistors or any other special wiring fix. Just get the right relay. You may have to try several to get one that works with your set up. One to try is Parts Unlimited part # 2106-0052 for $25.95. This worked on about 1/2 the bikes I tried it on. Any bike store can order from Parts Unlimited. You can also see what an auto parts store may have.

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Re: LED tail lights/turn signals
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2014, 04:19:11 PM »
Thanks,I'll look into both of these ideas!
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Re: LED tail lights/turn signals
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2014, 09:55:00 PM »
On the bikes where they all come on, they are getting current through the indicator bulb in the speedo. Doesn't take much to light an LED.

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Re: LED tail lights/turn signals
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2014, 11:07:42 PM »
SO...after some research...it appears that I can wire a 680 ohm,50 watt-rated resistor,to the + side of my turn signal indicator bulb socket,to simulate the load of regular incandescent bulbs,so that my flasher unit will work...can anyone confirm this?
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Re: LED tail lights/turn signals
« Reply #6 on: Today at 12:58:45 AM »
One of the advantages of LED's is they draw less power from your battery & charging system. Adding a resistor is adding more draw of amperage to the circuit negating the power saving. Another way to go is with a LED specific flasher unit. I did a quick search on ebay and found many, a std 2 prong or 3 prong flasher for less than 10$. There is also 4 & 5 prong relays for a bit more. You might try one of them and keep the power draw down. I'm not sure what type your bike uses, look at the connector on your flasher & match one up. This link is for a std 2 prong.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Prong-Electronic-LED-Compatible-Turn-Signal-Flasher-Relay-EF32RL-Round-25-Amp-/400740074640?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5d4df84490&vxp=mtr
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Re: LED tail lights/turn signals
« Reply #7 on: Today at 03:44:34 PM »
THANKS! I ordered a 2-prong unit for the '99,and 3-prong units for the '00 and '02...that should solve my problems the easiest way...AND,these units allow for using a regular bulb,in an emergency...I'll keep everyone posted!
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