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MikeBen
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blinkers

Postby MikeBen » Tue May 08, 2012 8:12 pm



replaced gauge cluster today, everything except the glass is original, only thing replaced was the glass, heres the problem...
when i turn the key back on, the left blinker light stays on on the cluster, and when i turn the right blinker on, it comes on but dont blink AND the left one stays on, when hook fairing back up, the right light stays on on the fairing only, i am so confussed, all wires are put back correctly, can anyone help???



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Re: blinkers

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 09, 2012 8:45 am

My initial thought.....I assume that it worked before you fixed it...So....not to sound like a #@%*& ....how the wires were reattached must be in error.
Any wiring that was disconnected is suspect.
I can provide the schematic with the color codes but you'll have to pull the cluster back off and start over.
Normally,the wiring is connected color for color,however you can be misled to connect a light green to a green cause they look the same from fading.
You can pull back some of the plastic covering to expose the true color code and stripe color if it has one.
So don't beat yourself up over this,it's just a do-over.We all get one of those.
I've circled the left blinker wires.Green is ground,so the left indicator lamp wire (orange)must be plugged into the wrong matching wire.

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Re: blinkers

Postby patbrandon1 » Thu May 10, 2012 1:04 am

Virgil is so right. It is way easy to misread the wire colors. I have done it a few times. Now I use little wire number stickers whenever I am taking apart wiring on my bike. I know it may sound tedius to mark all the wires that I take apart, but it saves me the headache of having a total do over. Wiring can be one of the most frustrating parts of repair. But if a person marks the wires well, and does NOT let if get under his/her skin, it isn't so bad. If you do find yourself frustrated, go take a little break, have a soda, or coffee, and approach it with a fresh attitude. After all, isn't this supposed to be a fun hobby? Keep your chin up, and breathe. Here is what I use to mark my wires....http://www.cableorganizer.com/wire-marker/

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Re: blinkers

Postby MikeBen » Thu May 10, 2012 6:48 pm

Yes, thanks guys, it was a cross, put the orange with a brown, now, since i did that the lights work, but dont blink, would i have maybe hurt the relay in the false tank?

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Re: blinkers

Postby virgilmobile » Thu May 10, 2012 9:12 pm

With crossed wires and it working before.....probably cooked it...fortunately there cheap and easy to stick one in and try.

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Re: blinkers

Postby patbrandon1 » Fri May 11, 2012 1:32 am

MikeBen wrote:Yes, thanks guys, it was a cross, put the orange with a brown, now, since i did that the lights work, but dont blink, would i have maybe hurt the relay in the false tank?


Yes Mike, they can cook pretty quickly when crossed. However, it could be a blessing in disguise. Consider putting an electronic flasher in, instead of mechanical. Reason being, even though they are more expensive, you can run more from them, i.e. adding turn signal lights, or changing to LED bulbs. And they last WAY longer. I included a pick of the one I use, and a link to a thread about it too. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8807&p=54256&hilit=electronic#p54256
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Re: blinkers

Postby Steve F » Fri May 11, 2012 6:45 am

Don't forget to fill the blinker fluid reservoir. Some people change it every year, but I just maintain the fill level.
"To ride is the reason, the destination the excuse."

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Re: blinkers

Postby patbrandon1 » Fri May 11, 2012 11:32 am

Steve F wrote:Don't forget to fill the blinker fluid reservoir. Some people change it every year, but I just maintain the fill level.


What kind of blinker fluid do you use? I use PBJ, but is there a better one?

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Re: blinkers

Postby scotterichmond » Fri May 11, 2012 2:07 pm

patbrandon1 wrote:
Steve F wrote:Don't forget to fill the blinker fluid reservoir. Some people change it every year, but I just maintain the fill level.


What kind of blinker fluid do you use? I use PBJ, but is there a better one?


You have to flush it first with seafoam, that stuff is good for everything, don'tcha know !

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Re: blinkers

Postby patbrandon1 » Sat May 12, 2012 1:16 am

Sorry to hijack the thread, but I gotta tell this true story. A while back I had gone to Wal-Mart and bought a block of cheese, some cereal, milk, and Seafoam. During checkout, I watched the prices while the clerk scanned the items, when she scanned the Seafoam, there came up on the screen a warning with a strange buzzing. I asked her what that was for, and she, almost embarrassed to say, said that when that happens, customers that purchase Seafoam with any food products at the same time, she is required by Wal-Mart policy to tell me not to use the Seafoam on the cheese or any other food.

That actually happened. I did NOT use the Seafoam on the cheese. Thought about putting it on my cereal though.

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Re: blinkers

Postby MikeBen » Sat May 12, 2012 4:34 pm

ok, put the new flasher on, the square one like shown above, and worked great, thanks so much for all your time and help. oh, and yea, filled the blinker fluid, but first flushed with seafoam, man, runs so much better now




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