GL1100 Interstate turn signals


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GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby scratcho » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:24 pm



This morning I started out on a ride and found out at the first intersection that my turn signals wouldn`t work. The running lights work, but when I put on the signal the light just goes out. I am guessing it is the flasher unit. My question is; How do you get to the flasher and what flasher works in the bike? Any NAPA parts that fit?



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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby scratcho » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:13 pm

I got to it. What a job getting the shelter off!! I hosed off 27 years of dust and road grime. The flasher is a MITSUBA FR-3111. It is round with a 3 prong connecter. Anybody know if this is the same as any car flashers?

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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:40 pm

You can use any flasher, and you're right, it's a bit of a job getting to it: How to remove and replace your false tank

The Aspencade is worse than the others (up to 1982, anyway) because all that air suspension plumbing is in there and has to be disconnected first.

Any two or three-prong car flasher will work (if it's a two-prong, just leave the ground - green - wire disconnected), but I'd recommend putting an electronic flasher in - that way, if you decide to change to LED turn signals down the line, you won't have to replace the flasher AGAIN.

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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby scratcho » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:03 pm

Got a electronic flasher at Roush Honda today. It has the same connecter that was on my bike,but only has 2 wires. Name is Easy Plug Flash Relay.It is a small black box that will fit anywhere. Price is $26.99. The Honda thermo relay is fortysome bucks, and not in stock. I think I will leave the original flasher in place so it looks original when you open the shelter.

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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:55 pm

I put this flasher in my 1100. I pulled the old round flasher (which had two connectors) out of the rubber retainer, then stretched the retainer around the new flasher. It had three connectors, so I hooked up the ground lead that was being unused with the old, round flasher. Works great, and $12.95 isn't bad.

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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby scratcho » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:25 pm

This unit seems to blink slower than the stock one. Do you think it would be faster with LEDs?

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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby thrasherg » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:47 pm

Electronic flashers are not suppose to vary their speed with load, so changing to LED's should not make any difference. If you want to be sure, just try removing one of the indicator bulbs (just remove the orange lens cover and remove the bulb for the test) and see if it flashes any quicker..

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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:23 pm

The electronic one may well flash slower than stock, but it will ALWAYS flash at that slower rate, regardless of what you have hooked up to it - light bulbs, LEDs, or even nothing at all!

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Re: GL1100 Interstate turn signals

Postby robertdawber » Sun Aug 01, 2010 4:43 pm

WingAdmin wrote:The electronic one may well flash slower than stock, but it will ALWAYS flash at that slower rate, regardless of what you have hooked up to it - light bulbs, LEDs, or even nothing at all!

If the flasher is the issue-would my front blinkers work but not the rear?
I traced the wires back and all seems fine-I can't figure out why the rears are not-so, I will start with the flasher-but first want to grab some advice from the experience people have had here.
Bob




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