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Relocating turn signals

Just got my SW Motech quick-lock side carriers from Twisted Throttle. I see that relocation of the turn signals is required. Rather than risk finding out the hard way, I thought I'd inquire of you guys who've already done it. What's the best way to remove the turn signals? Is there anything tricky about splicing in the extender wires? Anything else I need to careful about? Thanks in advance.
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It really is easy to disconnect the rear signals, and just a few parts to keep track of. I didn't use extended wires myself (but I think they are a good idea) , I just drilled a small hole centered in the plastic pan below the seat, instead of trying to fish the wires back through the tight space on the tail's left side.

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Sounds good. Do I just pull them off, or is there any kind of retaining hardware that holds them on?
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On the 1st Gen, the rubber stalk has a grooved end that is pushed through the fender. On the inside of the fender is a metal cap with a single screw holding the assembly secure.

Back the screw out (phillips head), pull the metal cap away, and the entire turn signal can be pulled out of the fender.

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I keep forgetting to mention that mine is 2012. I'll take a look and see if it's the same.
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Maybe depending on which bags you are mounting, relocating the signals may not be necessary. I have a 2011 with the same mounting racks but I am using E21 bags and I didn't bother moving the signals as they cleared no problem.

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Maybe depending on which bags you are mounting, relocating the signals may not be necessary. I have a 2011 with the same mounting racks but I am using E21 bags and I didn't bother moving the signals as they cleared no problem.
Wish I'd have read your comment before I proceeded. That might have determined which bags I bought. But I went ahead with the relocation. I found the best way for me was to remove that little tail section that holds the license plate and the turn signals. I extended the wires, moved the turn signals, and replaced the whole section again. I knew that would be the hardest part of the whole operation, but it wasn't all that bad. Anyway, the side carriers are on now, and I've tested them with my Givi E360 top case, and they work fine, along with the SW Motech top rack that I reinstalled (everyone was right, everything fits together just fine).

So, now that I've gone to all that trouble, I just ordered a set of E45NJ bags. I was considering E21's also, but what the heck. This will be the first bike I ever had that didn't use strictly soft luggage. I love soft luggage, but it'll be nice to have the bike almost fully packed all the time (tools, riding gear, helmet). Plus, it'll be nice not to have to take it all in with me when I'm moteling instead of camping, which I do 50/50.
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I definitely see the reason for relocating the signals due to the addition of the side bags, but aesthetically, the new bracket they provide looks horrible.

I went for the option of keeping the stock location and adding the P3 LEDs to the license plate. A little more costly, but looks and functions way better with conspicuity flicker and flahing brakes.

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I definitely see the reason for relocating the signals due to the addition of the side bags, but aesthetically, the new bracket they provide looks horrible.

I went for the option of keeping the stock location and adding the P3 LEDs to the license plate. A little more costly, but looks and functions way better with conspicuity flicker and flahing brakes.
Man, you got that right. I thought it wouldn't look all that bad until I got everything put together. I can't really say it's ugly, just not overly sanitary. For me, it's the way the wiring just kind of hangs out there. On the other hand, I don't have to look at it while I'm riding it, and I didn't buy this bike for its looks anyway.
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I did the re-locate about a month ago to intall Givi racks and E21s. I thought they looked horrible, un-finished, and poorly designed. Now, a month later, I never notice or give it a second thought.

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On the 1st Gen, the rubber stalk has a grooved end that is pushed through the fender. On the inside of the fender is a metal cap with a single screw holding the assembly secure.

Back the screw out (phillips head), pull the metal cap away, and the entire turn signal can be pulled out of the fender.
Pretty much the same on the 2011's.

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Pretty much the same on the 2011's.
You're right. I found that out when I did the process.

Incidentally, that saga continues. Twisted Throttle doesn't have the E45NJ's in stock, and the delivery date has been moved back to July 6 (subject to change, of course). Since I'd been debating whether I wanted bags that big anyway, and I like the top loading feature of the E21's (which they do have in stock) I called them and changed the order. Twisted Throttle continues to be a great place to do business, and today was no exception.
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