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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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LED Turn Signal Suggestions

I'm hoping someone might have more experience with the electronics than me and give me a suggestion on where to troubleshoot.

I installed LED turn signals front and back. Back gave me zero issues.
Right front gave me zero issues.
Left front worked when I installed it, then died.
I connected the light to a 9-volt battery and it lit up, so it is good.
I am not getting any juice from the bike.
The rear blinkers still work, it's just the front left. I also tried the third wire to see if the running light would work and I got nothing. I checked the plug and it was secure.
I'm wondering if I have a bad wire somewhere or if there is a dedicated fuse or section of the relay that burned out. I looked at the wiring diagram and didn't see anything that jumped out at me, but like I said, I may be missing something.
I'd rather not have to tear all the wires out to hunt for a ghost, but I fear that may be the case.
Any better suggestions on where to look?
Thanks in advance.
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I'm hoping someone might have more experience with the electronics than me and give me a suggestion on where to troubleshoot.

I installed LED turn signals front and back. Back gave me zero issues.
Right front gave me zero issues.
Left front worked when I installed it, then died.
I connected the light to a 9-volt battery and it lit up, so it is good.
I am not getting any juice from the bike.
The rear blinkers still work, it's just the front left. I also tried the third wire to see if the running light would work and I got nothing. I checked the plug and it was secure.
I'm wondering if I have a bad wire somewhere or if there is a dedicated fuse or section of the relay that burned out. I looked at the wiring diagram and didn't see anything that jumped out at me, but like I said, I may be missing something.
I'd rather not have to tear all the wires out to hunt for a ghost, but I fear that may be the case.
Any better suggestions on where to look?
Thanks in advance.
what kind of indicators are they? same sort of thing happened to me before and turned out to be a faulty indicator :/

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 08:03 AM
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Plug your old indicator back in to check if it works maybe?

Also, use a multimeter to check for voltage on the running and signal wires.

Hope that helps.
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Thanks, but unfortunately that doesn't help as I already know I'm not getting a current from the wires.
It's just a matter of whether there is a component that may be bad or if I should be looking for a broken wire.
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The signal is good. Like I said, I hooked it directly to a 9-volt battery and it lit up.
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The signal is good. Like I said, I hooked it directly to a 9-volt battery and it lit up.
well I have no idea then, goodluck.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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No problem. As it turns out I'm almost certain it's a bum wire in the fork somewhere. It didn't work this morning, but on the ride home it decided to work, and then died again. When I put her away for winter I will pull the wires and track down the faulty contact. I do appreciate the suggestions though.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 11:06 AM
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Sorry if this sounds harsh -
BUT -
On a basically new bike you are going to take the wiring out because there must be a wire insulation rubbed through and shorting somewhere?

As mentioned above try and go back to the original lights.
OR switch the right and left side and see what happens.

And how do you know there is no power to the light? Because of the 9V battery test?
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This may be a stupid remark on my part, but you're putting LED's on a bike that had Halogens. You need a new LED relay if you haven't replaced the OEM already. It's under the gas tank. If your original lights were working fine, and now magically they're having issues after replacing with new ones, the likelihood of it having something to do with your new set up is much higher than something being wrong with your OEM wiring harness. Just my $0.02
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The left hand side wires go up and over a hook that bends them at a 90 degree angle. I was pulling on the wires a bit when I installed the new LED blinkers (the blinkers are NOT halogens) so I most likely broke one of the two wires.
I know it's not getting juice because the blinked sometimes works, and sometimes doesn't. My guess is that if I turn the fork just right, the wires make contact again and then when I turn back (or hit a bump) they lose contact again.
I'm sure it's an easy fix now. Just need the time and ambition to open the top up again.
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