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post #1 of 6 Old 09-10-2008, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Turn Signals vs Marker Lights

Okay guys. I have a dumb question that I could not find an answer by searching. I'm wanting to replace my turn signals with LED signals for their style and brightness. However, I'm finding (when searching DennisKirk.com) that they classify these lights by Marker Lights or Turn Signals. Should I be looking for a three wire marker light for the front and a two wire turn signal for the back? Alternately, should I be looking for two wire turn signals all around and just use the diode mod to make the front running lights and signals?

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-10-2008, 07:09 AM
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I have personally always used the appropriate wiring where needed ... 3-wire or 2-wire. I've even made all the lights running lights for safety. My $0.02 is to make certain safety is always number 1. Many of the aftermarket lights do not meet D.O.T. requirements. The LED's may be very bright straight on, but get washed from the sides or in sunlight. Also, the LED's use less juice and will blink much faster than stock. If this is a problem use a resistor to slow it down.

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A year or so ago I tried to replace the VTR-1000's indicator bulbs with LED's. I bought them, but since the VTR bulbs fit in facing outwards from the bike (90 degrees to the bike, in an east west manner), 90% of the light tried to go out toward the end of the indicator stalk, instead of out through the lens. A waste of time and money as the indicators were all but completely dull and useless.
On the 919, the bulbs fit in indicator parallel to the bike, in a north south manner, which meant the LED's I put aside from the VTR experiment, over a year ago, could now be used at last.. Yes, they fitted and lit up great,, but,, the light from the LED bulb seemed to go straight through the orange lens without lighting up the lens itself, whereas the normal bulb lit the complete lens up. Even though the LED was in itself brighter, its emitted light failed to brighten up the indicator lens, making it appear nowhere near as bright as the normal bulb from a distance immediately behind the bike and back about 20 metres (approx 20 yards). I put the standard bulbs back in...

Be careful just which LED's you get. Make sure they will throw light out omni-directionally...

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I was looking at these... and want them in black. They offer a single function and a dual function. One is LED and the other is a halogen bulb. What is the difference in single and dual function? Is it marker only or marker/blinker??? Why can't manufacturers tell what their product does. Maybe I'm just a spaz.

I didn't really think about putting LED bulbs in the stock signals because honestly I don't like the way the stock signals look. You have this nice sleek bike from the 2000s and it has big square blinkers from the 80s on it. No offense to those who do like them, but they aren't my style. I do want something big and bright enough for idiot drivers to see though.

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i bought a set of LED turn signals and they are 2 wire. I was messing around and found that if i hooked up both the turn signal and running light wires to one of the wires on the new LED light the lights worked as both signal and running lights. just connect the ground wire to the ground wire and connect both wires (inside headlight) the to the new signal wire and it should work the same as the factory 3 wire light.

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i bought a set of LED turn signals and they are 2 wire. I was messing around and found that if i hooked up both the turn signal and running light wires to one of the wires on the new LED light the lights worked as both signal and running lights. just connect the ground wire to the ground wire and connect both wires (inside headlight) the to the new signal wire and it should work the same as the factory 3 wire light.

You should take a look at this post.


https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...7&postcount=25

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