Led front signals stay lit, even with an led flasher relay


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ConWonTheDon1100
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Led front signals stay lit, even with an led flasher relay

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So I bought the bike from a kid who just wanted to make a bobber but stupidly destroyed the carbs (oops), he removed all the ferrings, and all the bulbous stuff, removed the turn signals, and chopped the turn signal stocks. Where I'm at now is slightly confusing. I purchased an no load led flasher relay, got the rear signals working and then I decided since I'm selling the bike I'd put front turn signals on. They're led, and what's happening is with the key on, they stay lit up with the running lights which I assume might be normal, but rather than flashing with the rear, one will go out and the other will stay lit. No flashing. What is going on here?


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Re: Led front signals stay lit, even with an led flasher relay

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Sounds like you might be missing grounds to the front lights... the running lights finding a current path thru the turn signal circuits when the signals are off. When turn signal switch is on, front running light on that side is cut off, and the front turn signal power cannot find a current path.
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Re: Led front signals stay lit, even with an led flasher relay

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DenverWinger wrote: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:00 pm Sounds like you might be missing grounds to the front lights... the running lights finding a current path thru the turn signal circuits when the signals are off. When turn signal switch is on, front running light on that side is cut off, and the front turn signal power cannot find a current path.
Grounds other than the original green wire? I'm a bit rusty on wiring leds. I have black, red, and brown I'm assuming black is negative or to be used as the original ground for the 2 wire halogen, and then brown would be an earth ground? What do you mean missing grounds, they wouldn't light up at all if it weren't grounded, I think I'm just misunderstanding.
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Re: Led front signals stay lit, even with an led flasher relay

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You have them connected to the wrong wires. Use the solid orange & light blue, not the striped ones. The orange/white & lt blue/white are the front position lights and behave like you describe.
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Re: Led front signals stay lit, even with an led flasher relay

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DaveO430 wrote: Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:40 am You have them connected to the wrong wires. Use the solid orange & light blue, not the striped ones. The orange/white & lt blue/white are the front position lights and behave like you describe.
Yeah you're right, I just got them working using the solid orange and light blue wires. But there's no where to plug in the new ones, I just had to slide them into the existing rubber boot over the terminal ends. I'll be messing with it today though, as I gotta get the bike back together and cleaned up to sell.


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