turn signals on gl1000


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ntintruder
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turn signals on gl1000

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I'm in the process of doing a cafe racer treatment on one of my Goldwings, and I am having a problem with turn signals. The custom turn signals are led and they will not work in the bike. I assumed that if I used a flasher that is supposed to work with led that they would work but no. If I put an incandescent bulb in the circuit then it works fine, both the led and the incandescent work. Do I need to put a resistor in the circuit to make this work? I like the looks of the led signals which is why I bought them.
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Fred Camper
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The rear turn signals only come on when turning. The front stay on when running. Best to use led in the front and incandescent in the rear to avoid this issue. If you add a resister to the rear led it should work. That way you are not wasting power all the time.
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Fred Camper wrote:The rear turn signals only come on when turning. The front stay on when running. Best to use led in the front and incandescent in the rear to avoid this issue. If you add a resister to the rear led it should work. That way you are not wasting power all the time.
If he has 4 LED bulbs, all he should then need is a LED type flasher.

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Re: turn signals on gl1000

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Thanks for the response, The led turn signals I want to use in front do not have running lights just turn signals. I am going try resistors on the rear turn signals, just not sure what the ohm reading should be. I put one of the stock rear turn signals hooked up in parallel with one of the led signals and that circuit worked fine, front and rear both flashing, so if I add the right resistor to the both the rear signals it should load the circuits enough to get the flasher to work. For the sake of appearance I don't want to use the stock incandescents on the rear with the custom leds in front. They are small, sleek little bullet shaped lights and I want the rear to match the front .
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Re: turn signals on gl1000

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I have an led flasher, or so the manufacturer claims. Still doesn't work so I am going to add resistors.
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I do not recall having to use an led flasher, but I may have do that also.
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Fred Camper wrote:I do not recall having to use an led flasher, but I may have do that also.
I was told the LEDs don't have enough power to activate the flasher.


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