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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-11-2014, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Load Resistor Needed for LED Replacement Turn Signals

Recently crashed my 2013 V and left front turn signal (among other things) was crushed. Stock replacement turn signals are over $40 each, therefore gonna replace with aftermarket LEDs. Anyone know if load resistors are need? Thanks in advance for your help.
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If you replace your flasher relay with an electronic one none is needed.
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If the blink rate is wrong you can either add load resistors or replace the flash unit.

Replacing the flash unit with a solid state unit that does not depend on current flow is the better choice. You can pick up a solid state automotive flasher that will work with LEDs at any automotive supply store or on EBay. Make sure it says it will work with LEDs before purchasing though, not all do. Brand and pin out is not important. They will either have a two or three wire connection. With the third wire, it is connected to ground. The others are 12v and lights. Just solder wires as appropriate.
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There is only 1 down side to getting a replacement LED Flasher relay - when you blow a bulb the flash rate will not change. That is with the OLD flasher relay when a bulb blows the blink rate increases and you sort of aware that something is wrong and will investigate - not so with a electronic relay - so it is sort of a saftey thing.

Myself I would go with a Flasher relay, they work - use less power and with LED blinker lights you use even less power - reducing the bike electrical load.
Load resistors can cost more than the Electronic relay in some cases - and then you need a load resistor for each LED light - not cost effective and they eat power burning off as heat.

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