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If want to add some led turn signal strips to my handgaurds, and am wondering if I can just simply tap into the existing turn signal lines. I know that you require resistors if you replace the stock signals with LED, but what it you use the LED in conjunction with the stockers. Would the LED's draw too much additional current?

Here are the lights I am looking at in 4.7 inch, orange. I was going to use them to line the ribbing of my handgaurd. I think it would give excellent visibility, especially when up close to vehicles in traffic.


http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips


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I did just that when I bought mirrors with LED turn signals built in. Left the OEM signals there and tapped in.


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Here is a rough image of how they look... I would make mine look a million times cleaner though!!!

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Wow quick reply! Thanks Bones, I just wanted to make sure I had everything needed when it came time to install
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IIRC, you will want to tap inboard of the connectors that allow you to remove the small side covers. That way you can still remove those side covers without having to undo your new connectors for the LED blinkers.


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If want to add some led turn signal strips to my handgaurds, and am wondering if I can just simply tap into the existing turn signal lines. I know that you require resistors if you replace the stock signals with LED, but what it you use the LED in conjunction with the stockers. Would the LED's draw too much additional current?

Here are the lights I am looking at in 4.7 inch, orange. I was going to use them to line the ribbing of my handgaurd. I think it would give excellent visibility, especially when up close to vehicles in traffic.


http://www.oznium.com/led-flex-strips


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Can't help you on your question

My instinc says that you can tap directly to the blinker

But I just wanted to clarify something
LED don't draw a lot of current, wayyyy less than conventional lighting
So don't worry about that part of the equation, especialy if the electrical system was design for a incadescent lighting

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Since the bike will still have the regular signals you dont need to use any resistors. They are needed when you switch to straight LEDs as the bike puts out the proper amount of power to signal a regular bulb but LEDs use far less. Since you still have the regular bulbs you are still using that power. LEDs use so little power that they will not over draw the system either.

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Great, thanks guys... I knew that LED's use minimal power, but I wasn't sure if LED combined with incandescents would put it past the tipping point. I'll post pics once installed



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