Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators


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Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby wing rider 2012 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:31 pm



How many have seen those turn signal indicators mounted within the left and right mirrors and thought those would be nice to have on my bike? I decided to built my own, and they work pretty darn good. If your inclined to do so it isn't expensive at all and you'll need to practice a little on your soldering. I'll give you a step by step how to. First of all my Wing is a 2012, so I don't know how the mirrors remove on the older Wings or what the mirror is made of.

First you will need 14 Red or Amber High Out-put LED's, seven for each side and 2ea 150 ohm 1/4 watt resistor and 2 ea 180 ohm 1/4 watt resistor. (both the red and orange led's have about the same forward voltage value Red=1.7 and Orange=1.9)

Remove the bolt that holds in the mirror assembly, this is located on the bottom of the mirror housing. Lift the mirror from the bottom and pull out. Now, if your wife doesn't mind, heat the oven to about 150 degrees and put the mirror and mount in the oven for about 5 minutes, what this does is to soften the bonding agent they use to hold the mirror to the mount. (One word of caution, you can scratch the mirror so be careful) Once this is done you can easily peel back the lip that goes over the mirror edges, then slide a butter knife in between the black mount and the mirror, working the knife back and forth you can remove the mirror from the mount. Don't throw away the bonding agent. After you have have the mirror free of the mount you can clean the rear of the mirror with mineral spirits. Set it aside. With the mount mirror side down you can then drill seven holds in a 45 degree shape to produce an arrow indicator, make sure they are free of any burs of the plastic. Now you can put the mirror and the mount back together, if you have pulled any of the bonding agent off now is the time to put it back in place, put the mount and mirror back in the oven again for 5 minutes, then reinstall the mirror back in the mount and let it sit for a few minutes. Now insert you LEDS into these holes and configure the LED lead arrangement for a "series" application. (Series application you will be soldering the negative lead of one LED to the positive lead of the other.) Just a word about LED's, look at the leads there is a long lead and a short lead, the long lead is positive and the short lead is negative.
Now that you have all of the LED's in place (make sure they are pushed in the hole) you will have 4 LEDs on one leg of the V shape and 3 Leds on the other leg of the V shape. Starting at the tip of the V shape LED 1 and working on the 4 LED leg side, bend LED 1 negative lead back toward LED 2 positive lead solder these together and clip off the leads at the solder joint, at LED 2 bend the negative lead back toward LED 3's positive lead and solder, again clip off the leads at the solder joint. Bend LED 3's negative lead back to LED 4's positive lead, solder and clip off at the solder joint, this will leave LED 4's negative lead free. Now do the same for the other side of the V shape leg, starting with the negative lead, when you are finished you will have 2 positive leads free (both at the same end) and two negative leads free (both at the same end.) Solder the two positive leads together, on the negative lead of LED4 you will solder the 150 ohm resistor, one the negative lead of the leg that only had 3 LED's you will solder the 180 ohm resistor. Connect the open end of the resistors together and solder a 8 inch wire, one the positive leads solder an 8 inch wire. I'd suggest you use heat shrink to insulate the connectors. To secure the leds in place I use a hot glue. The positive lead will connect to the turn signal (positive) wire, and the ground will connect to the Green wire (ground). Then reattach the mirror mount in the housing.



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Re: Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby thrasherg » Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:08 pm

Nicely done, I like the finished result, but as my indicators are self canceling I have never felt the need to have a repeater in the mirror as well. However it is nicely done and a great writeup on how to do it, so many thanks for taking the time to post and share it.

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Re: Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby themainviking » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:46 am

We used to - long time ago - make all our custom stuff ourselves. Nice to see somebody is still at it. It is what made all of our bikes individual.
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Re: Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:07 am

That looks great, and is far cheaper than the ones sold at retail!

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Re: Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby PastoT » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:38 pm

Did you have to remove anything from the back surface of the mirror or will the LEDs shine directly though it?
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Re: Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby wing rider 2012 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:46 pm

PastoT wrote:Did you have to remove anything from the back surface of the mirror or will the LEDs shine directly though it?


The LED's will shine through the mirror, just make sure the area in which the LED's are going to shine through is free of any of the bonding agent.
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Re: Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby smilam » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:14 pm

I saw another Goldwing with these turn signals around his mirrors which showed up real well so I did mine the same way and really like them. Just use a shorts strip of LED's and attach them to the turn signals inside the mirrors.
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LED's with self adhesive around inside of mirror housing
LED's with self adhesive around inside of mirror housing

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Re: Builtding your own mirror turn signal indicators

Postby CaptLen » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:25 pm

Thank you to Wing Rider 2012 for the excellent "how to" and Smilam for the additional idea. I'd been thinking of purchasing a kit, but with the excellent instructions......maybe




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