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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2018, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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flush mount turn signal install

I just pick up a 2001 ninja 500. it is my first bike and the only thing that needs fixed on it is the turn signals. it came with aftermarket flush mounts on it, that i would like to keep but the problem is that they were never wired up. when i went to hook them up i found that the lights only had two wires. after doing some research i figured out which wires were for the turn signals and they had three wires. i was wondering if there is an adapter out there i can pick up or do i have to just buy stock turn signals.
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No adapter. The front lamps use double filaments bulbs, one for driving lights, the other one for turn signals. The rear ones only have the turn signal function.

You are better off simply getting front lamps with double function, and this is because regardless of any laws, increasing your visibility always increases your chances of making it home in one piece.

LEDs are taking over and they are 75% more efficient than stock incandescent. But the good ones are expensive, and then you have to get an electronic relay for the turn signals.....thus if you are on a budget, at least buy conventional with the double function for the front.

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when i went to hook them up i found that the lights only had two wires. after doing some research i figured out which wires were for the turn signals and they had three wires.

Sorry, I'm confused. What has three wires? Are they LED turn signals?
The rear turn signals should have 2 wires: 1 grey power wire & 1 yellow-black ground wire.
Front turn signals have 3 wires: 1 grey & 1 blue (both are power wires), and 1 yellow-black ground wire.
If they are LED turn signals, I do not know what you have to do to get them working.
An EX500 probably already has an electronic relay (my old KZ650 has thermal turn signal flashers).
However, it may be that you need to replace the turn signal relay for LEDs to work.
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i found that the lights only had two wires.
He does not state whether is front or rear, but I take it the problem is only at the front. I figured he found the bike has three wires, but the lights only two. Seemingly, previous owner simply got lights without thinking or caring about the double function. He does not say either they are LEDs, I simply mentioned it because of their very high efficiency, as long as load resistors are not used.

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LEDs are so common nowadays, I was just guessing about that.








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