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Bright LED Turn signals

I am looking for a Bright set of Rear turn signals and maybe matching ones for the front..... After reading the previous post and comments on LEDs I am a little overwhlemed and maybe intimidated by the idea of doing this myself.

Can someone recommend a brand of turn signals that are bright and safe and simple to install?

I usually don't like to tinker all that much but I have purchased a set of hard side cases and I have to "relocate" the existing turn signals when I install the cases.... Not a big fan of the relocation of the turn signals....

Thanks Guys and Gals!

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I guess I wouldn't rate installing turn signals more than about a 3-4 on a scale of 10 (10 being the hardest) Don't really think your going to find any plug/play one's, so most will require some soldering/shrink tube work.


Anywho, these are about the nicest you'll find. Spendy, but it's cheaper than buying cheap ones and than buying these (what I did). And the price is for each one, not sold in pairs.

http://www.pjsparts.com/catalog/prod...roducts_id=642

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I think the crown jewels of turn signals are the products of Watsen Design :

http://www.watsendesign.com/

powerful LEDs
Great, unique design
Many choices
Good communication with customers
Not cheap
No harder to install than any other indicators

...may not be right for you, but are worth a look...

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For the Watsen design lights -
Are the front and back lights the same? Just order two pair for one bike?

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I wouldn't recommend the Rizoma Avio 21 if you want easy plug and play. They have a seperate load box that needs to be located/hidden away from the signals. They look great though!

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RE: Watsen Design indicators:

There is a ten LED unit and a micro LED unit. The micro unit, also called the universal unit, is brighter than the ten LED unit, according to Watsen.

Take a look: the two varieties could be mixed front/rear on a bike, I suppose.

The micro (universal) unit carries the extra benefit of eliminating any blink-rate differences from stock.

Another variable to think about is if you want/need the running light function of the original fromt signals to be retained by the replacements.

Talk to Watsen about these topics and indicate what kind of wire junction you need: they will try to set you up for a plug and play installation.

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I installed LED turn signals on my 919 a couple of weeks ago, and the biggest problem was the blink rate with the stock blinker. It's really easy (and cheap) to buy an electronic flasher and substitute it for the stock one - it makes the flash at a nice, slow blink rate and makes the turn signals much more obvious.

I paid $8 for an electonic flasher at Canadian Tire - it would probably cost half that if you know someone at the auto parts store. You want a 2-terminal electronic flasher. (You can also use a 3-terminal if you buy the wrong one - like I did.)

Don't be intimidated by the wiring portion of it - it's actually really simple. Physically mounting the turn signals in a way that looks good is a bigger challenge.

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What LEDs did you install?? Where did you get em?

Thanks everyone so far!!

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It's pretty cool that the Watsen design signals can be ordered in so many different colors, and with or without a running light adaptor, but I almost crapped when I saw that they were about $100 a pair!! I thought Rizoma stuff was expensive...

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It's pretty cool that the Watsen design signals can be ordered in so many different colors, and with or without a running light adaptor, but I almost crapped when I saw that they were about $100 a pair!! I thought Rizoma stuff was expensive...
Look at what the OEM turn signals go for. The Watsens are competitive.

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That's true. I would never buy OEM anything if there was an aftermarket solution. The prices are mind-boggling!

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I just called them. For the Honda, order one pair with the running lights (front) and one pair without (rear). This retains the stock Honda running light configuration. If you don't want the front turn signals to be used as running lights, just order both pair without the running light feature.

This combination costs just under $180 (US) for both pair at today's conversion rate. This includes the $20 (Cdn) discount for ordering two pair.

Oh yea, he said they were backed up a bit and it would be a week or two before they ship. The Honda lights are also the brighter "Micro" lights, not the older multi-LED design.

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These help for plug and play for turn signals...

http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...MRX_ILH1-2PK_G

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How about a DIY approach? Design your own display with the help of this tool. You can yank the guts from the OEM blinkers and install your new LED's.

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... yank the guts from the OEM blinkers ...
A large factor in choosing the LED turn signals is getting away from the OEM units. In my opinion the rubber-mounted lights sticking way out there are just crying to be broken.

If not broken early, they have a finite life due to degrading rubber.

I'll be mounting the Watsen lights on my 919 and moving these OEM turn signals over to the '95 Nighthawk, which has every turn signal broken & hanging due to age.

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Agreed...however they can be modified/shortened.

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These help for plug and play for turn signals...

http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...MRX_ILH1-2PK_G
Nice find! I saved the link for future use.

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There is a link to youtube to show the brightness in the sun. The clear alternative LED board was easy to install. I like the clean look of integrated turn signals. Good luck.




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I am looking for a Bright set of Rear turn signals and maybe matching ones for the front..... After reading the previous post and comments on LEDs I am a little overwhlemed and maybe intimidated by the idea of doing this myself.

Can someone recommend a brand of turn signals that are bright and safe and simple to install?

I usually don't like to tinker all that much but I have purchased a set of hard side cases and I have to "relocate" the existing turn signals when I install the cases.... Not a big fan of the relocation of the turn signals....

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I think the crown jewels of turn signals are the products of Watsen Design :

http://www.watsendesign.com/

powerful LEDs
Great, unique design
Many choices
Good communication with customers
Not cheap
No harder to install than any other indicators

...may not be right for you, but are worth a look...
You have pictures of these signals on your bike? I need to upgrade my garbage Lockhart Phillips LEDs and I was set on Rizomas but these might be another good option.

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Thanks for the info guys!

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