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Hi guys,



I know most of you would probably know how to fix this easily, but bear with a newbie for a minute.



I was riding Sunday morning and had my left turn signal on when it spluttered and went out suddenly (bike was still warming up and the shifting was a bit clunky, but I find that's pretty normal). Its a 2009, basically brand new (about 325 miles on it). The turn signals themselves still work, its just the indicator that went out.



I'd love to not have to take it in to the shop for this if its something I can easily fix myself (or ask my husband to fix...).



Any ideas what might have happened?
 

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Mine just burned out at about 1,000 miles.



It is super easy to fix by yourself.



-Using a small Philips screwdriver, remove the two screws holding the plastic housing with the Turn Signal, High Beam and Neutral indicators.

-Wiggling this housing slightly, pull housing straight off.

-You will see three lightbulbs mounted in a rubber holder.

-Remove the turn signal indicator bulb (the leftmost one) by pushing down and twisting counter-clockwise.

-Replace with new bulb by inserting bulb and pushing down and turning clockwise. I got my replacement bulb at the local hardware store. The one I took out was marked with only 6V 3W.

-Turn ignition on and test turn signals to confirm that indicator light works.

-Replace plastic housing and screws.

-Done.



Go riding.



Brian
 

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Awesome - thanks so much Brian!!



Stupid question - is the housing for the lights that little black plastic box on the handle bars?
 

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Replacing stock indicator and speedo bulbs was a constant hassle so I switched to LED. My speedo LED just died, after 42,000+ miles. The others are still good.
 

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Hey qwerty,



Before I replaced my indicator bulb, I tried searching here, and on the old site, to find what LED's to use. I found a link, ordered what I thought were the right ones, but they turned out to have the wrong base. Do you know where I can get the right LED's that will just plug right in?



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www.superbrightleds.com



Indicator bulbs are BA9s-x, with x being replaced by the color designator. Use the single LED version, The ones with 4 LEDs are way too bright at night. You'll need 1 each amber, blue, and green.



Speedo bulb is WLED-W. I have the single LED version and it wasn't quite bright enough to see the trip meter at night. I'll be replacing it with a WLED-WW5 version with 5 LEDs. It is necessary to have a very wide pattern to properly illuminate the speedometer.



I used https://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index.cgi?action=DispPage&Page2Disp=/specs/1156-x30.htm right-angle bulbs and two died prematurely. It was necessary to remove the reflectors to make room. I replaced them with these glued inside the lenses, but the amber 1157 versions are no longer available. I'm thinking about replacing the reflectors and trying these towers, but they are quite expensive.



I don't think the 5 watt Luxeon LED 1157 I'm using in the taillight is still available. If I was setting up another bike I'd probably go with a 45-LED tower or the 30 LED spider light.
 

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OK, now I'm stumped - before we got around to replacing the indicator (was having too much fun putting miles on her this past weekend...
) Now the right turn signal is out - left is fine, but the right one doesn't blink at all in the back but blinks super-fast in the front (like a car turn signal when one of them goes out).




Help?? Do I just take it to the shop, or is this an easy fix as well?
 

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Sounds like the bulb isn't seated in the socket properly. The stock turn signal is heat sensitive--if there is a short the flasher will heat and shut off quicker.
 

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I finally changed my indicator lights out to the leds today. I used the BA9s from superbrightleds.com

I also changed out my pilot box. It was one of the 2001-present changes that were made to the bike that I didn't like. I like the way the pre-2001s had the amber indicator for the turn signals instead of the green in the newer bikes. I wanted to be able to glance down and know what the lights meant by their color. The amber is better associated with the turn signals. So, I ordered a pre-2000 pilot box (Part # 15A-83568·00·00) for $18.



Here are some example pics of the different pilot boxes that I found elsewhere on this site:



1987-2000:





2001-present:







I also changed the bulb in my speedometer to an led also...the WLED-NW5 from superbrightleds.com

Here is the link to the thread that discusses that: http://tw200forum.co...ter-light-bulb/

It only took about 15 minutes to do the whole job. Remove the headlight cowling, remove the Jimbo shield if applicable, remove the 2 screws holding down the pilot box, remove pilot box, change the 3 indicator bulbs, check that they all are working correctly, install pilot box and screws, remove clip from one stud under the speedometer while holding up on the washer, remove the washer, remove the rubber grommet, repeat for second stud, lift up on speedometer, pull down on the grey grommet holding the bulb, replace bulb, intall all in reverse order, done! Note: on my 2004 I didn't have to unscrew anything related to the speedometer cable, it all pulled through the bottom when lifting up on the speedometer.



I'd like to thank Qwerty, TW-Brian and Rainman for their previous work and posts on the subject.
 

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Thats a great idea, I am gonna go buy some LED's for my bike tomorrow.
 
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