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Old 05-16-2011, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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DIY: Ducati Turn Signals on 919

My bike turned a little bit Italian over Mothers' Day weekend...



I had these aftermarket shorties on the front for the past couple of years & I recently realized that they weren't worth a damn in the daylight



So, I picked up a pair of stock Ducati turn signals off of eBay, these can be found on the newer ('09+ I believe) Monster & Streetfighter.


Of course they couldn't just bolt up,




I had to do a bit of altering to make it work... because the holes in the mounting plate on the bike were a different offset than the "studs" in the turn signal, I had to improvise with a hack saw & a dremel tool...

STEP 1) disassemble the new turn signals (to get the wires out of the way)

STEP 2) cut along the dotted line



STEP 3) with a dremel tool and an abrasive cylindrical-shaped bit, I cut out one side of the bore so that the wires could pass through their intended route, but bend out of the way so that they could mate up to the hole in the mounting plate of the bike. (if that makes any sense)



STEP 4) Using some gasket material I bought from the autoparts store (this is the grey stuff meant for watertight gaskets - NOT the cork stuff) I made my own spacers to place on the end of the stock. In these pics you only see one, but I actually had to double-up & make 2 for each turn signal.



^^ in these two pics you can see how my dremel work combined with the custom-cut gasket allow the proper spacing between the mounding stud and the wiring.

The final results...



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Old 05-16-2011, 12:27 PM
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Looks good! In the one picture, it looks like your new signal is leaking signal fluid. Better get that checked!

I think that's why it's not as bright in the last pic .

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TECHNICAL NOTE:
when cutting the nub off with a hacksaw, the goal is to cut it down flush with the rest of the edge of the turn signal that mates up against the bike... altering my dotted line for accuracy

EDIT: see this pic for clarity

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Old 05-16-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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HAha... ever tried taking a pick of a turn signal in action?
not as easy as it sounds

smart ass commentary appreciated

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They look great - suit the lines of the tank.

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Old 05-16-2011, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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^ thanks!


ONE MORE NOTE:
I retained the factory wiring from the Ducati signals, instead of hacking them up I disassembled my aftermarket signals and used the wires from them because they already had the proper ends to plug directly into the bikes factory wiring. All I had to do was apply the proper connectors to the cut ends (inside the signal housing) to mate up to the new turn signals.

In some ways you could say this was a hack job, but not when it comes to the wiring

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Old 05-16-2011, 01:16 PM
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Good job, I likes!

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looks great and its functional! how much did the turn signals run?

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Old 05-16-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I got mine for $39.99 + $6 S&H off of ebay from imperialsportbikes2...

others may try, but results may vary


there's a pair of streetfighter signals currently listed as BUY IT NOW for $100 +5.20 >link<

Monster 1100 front signals for $29.99 +6.00 >here<

MultiStrada 1200 rear signals for $39.99 + 6.00 >here<

...basically just do a search for "ducati turn signals"
anything that looks like these should work:



Mine are the factory version with incandescent bulbs... not the aftermarkets with LED's

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Old 05-16-2011, 10:45 PM
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Looks great. Nice solution.

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I always wanted to put a set of Multistrada mirrors on the front, since they have the signal built in but damn those are like $130 apeice. No thanks. I can take the mickey mouse look for that kind of money.

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Looks Good Doug!

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Old 05-18-2011, 04:27 PM
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Nice job. They look good. However, I think you were really just wanting to show off that 4 in 1 sitting in your garage. Next project?

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