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lyman54
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Flashers

Postby lyman54 » Thu May 26, 2011 7:26 pm



On my '81 Wing the flashers work but are very fast. Do I need a new unit and if so where is it located. Thanks.



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Re: Flashers

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 26, 2011 8:33 pm

First, have you checked that all four of your turn signals are in fact operating?

Have you by any chance replaced your turn signals with LEDs?

In any case, you can put an electronic flasher in that will flash the correct rate regardless of whether you put LEDs in or not. The flasher is located underneath the false tank, on the left side. You'll need to remove your false tank to get to it. Once removed, you'll see the flasher held in place with a round rubber ring. It's easy to pop out and replace.

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Re: Flashers

Postby thrasherg » Fri May 27, 2011 9:54 am

As wingadmin states, find the flasher relay (See if it's a 2 connection or 3 connection relay) then go to Autozone and get an electronic flasher for $15 and replace the old one.. This will mean that if you add additional flasher lights or change your lights to LED's in the future, they will always flash at the correct speed!!

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Re: Flashers

Postby lyman54 » Fri May 27, 2011 10:21 am

Thank you guys. I did change the front flashers, so if the front bulbs are different from the rear would this cause the problem? Just a thought.

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Re: Flashers

Postby thrasherg » Fri May 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Yes, if the bulb wattage is not the same as the original Honda bulbs, then the flasher speed will change. An electronic flasher will flash at the same speed no matter what bulbs you put on it, hence the recommendation to replace your existing mechanical flasher with a $15 electronic flasher relay..

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Re: Flashers

Postby lyman54 » Fri May 27, 2011 4:02 pm

Thank you Gary. I'll do that. Ian

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Re: Flashers

Postby 1983GoldWing » Sat May 28, 2011 9:19 am

The turn signals on my 1983 Interstate have been working very poorly over the years. I somehow have been able to get them going. Howver, now I am stuck....The turn signal lights at rear stopped working. They would not even turn on even tought the front ones would turn on but not signal.

I multimetered the rear signal wires and found a bad wire and replaced it, but when i reconnected. I had no real luck. It seems even worse. Now all the light go on even though the signal indicator is not on.

However, the lights wont flash. Both bulbs are working. They go on when I turn on the bike, but they wont flash. When I turn on the signal switch on "left indicator", the "right side" lights n the front go on but do not flash. . When I turn signal indicator on "right indicator " the " left lights in the front go on. Neither of the rear lights do not go on when indicator signal is switched on
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Any ideas how to trouble shoot this mess. When i put a multi meter on the 3 wire turn signal fuse/relay I dont seem to get a reading. This does not make sense because if the bulbs go on then this should be a constant output reading at the relay. maybe I am not contacting it properly.

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Re: Flashers

Postby florida_ump » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:19 pm

Hey guys,I am a new Winger, and I have an '83 Aspy, and for the life of me, I can't even find the switch to activate the flashers! WTH is my issue. Also, Do the front signal lights stay on as "Marker lights", or are they supposed to be off except for when the applicable signal is selected. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Re: Flashers

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:43 pm

florida_ump wrote:Hey guys,I am a new Winger, and I have an '83 Aspy, and for the life of me, I can't even find the switch to activate the flashers! WTH is my issue. Also, Do the front signal lights stay on as "Marker lights", or are they supposed to be off except for when the applicable signal is selected. Thanks in advance for any help.


The front lights should stay on "dim" unless they are being used at that moment as a turn signal, in which case the dim filament is turned off, and the bright one is flashed.

If you're looking for a four-way "hazard" button, you can stop looking, because there isn't one. :)

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Re: Flashers

Postby florida_ump » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:24 am

Thanks Wing. So if I have to fiddle with the switch to get both to stay on, I would thing I need to look for a new switch assembly?

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Re: Flashers

Postby biker4christ » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:12 am

wingadmin,,
thankyou,you answered a question i been meaning to ask,i couldnt figure out the emergancy flashers,now i know, tho it seem they should have some!

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Re: Flashers

Postby DragonRider » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:41 am

biker4christ wrote:wingadmin,,
thankyou,you answered a question i been meaning to ask,i couldnt figure out the emergancy flashers,now i know, tho it seem they should have some!



If you want emergency flashers I think you have to move up to the later GL1200 or the GL1500. Honda was behing on this for some reason

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Re: Flashers

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:09 am

The switch is probably the first place to look, yeah.

I've been planning to add "hazard lights" to my 1100 for ages now, it's just too far down on the list and hasn't gotten done. :)

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Re: Flashers

Postby OldSchool_IsCool » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:11 pm

83GoldWing,

First thing to check is your bulbs. The front lenses should have dual-filiment bulbs in them. The rears should have single-filiment bulbs. I wonder if dual-filiments in the back are causing the odd signaling.

Next, check your wiring. It could be that somehow the left and right got switched.

The RIGHT flasher signal is sent down a baby blue wire to both the front and the back. The LEFT signal is on an orange wire. Only the front lenses have a marker light (that's why there are 2 filiments up there). The marker light signal is sent to the right on a baby blue wire with a white tracer stripe. The left is an orange wire with white tracer. The marker light is turned off when the corresponding turn signal is turned on. There are no marker lights in the back (hence single filiment bulbs)

The stock (US) flasher is a round metal can with only 2 quarter-inch blade connectors. A three-prong flasher sounds like someone chnged out the original. It's not an issue to run a 3-prong (it's one of the first upgrades I do to all my vintage hondas) as long as it is wired in correctly. In fact, Mother Honda was kind enough to leave a green (ground) wire with blade connector floating about right there where the stock flasher relay is monted. I usually replace it with a relay from the local auto parts supplier. A Tridon EP35 or EP36 should do the job nicely. The BLACK wire to (+) or (BATT), the GRAY wire to (L) or (LOAD) and that handy dandy GREEN wire connects to (-) or (GROUND).




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