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    First Build! Help with turn signals

    Hey guys, I have a 78 gs550 that I picked up for dirt cheap. It's my first bike ever and I am loving the cafe style. One issue I have ran into is converting my turn signals to LEDs. I am assuming I need a resistor and can't just plug and play? If a resistor is needed? How do I know what kind or size??

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    Just go buy an LED turn signal solenoid. They are all over eBay. Match up the picture to what you have (should be three wire square type).
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    signals, don't talk about signals,
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    It is also sometimes called a flasher relay.
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    If you install resistors it negates the benefit of low draw of the leds, so your modification would be only for show.

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    Thanks a lot guys!! Very helpful!

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    Another question. I am assuming I will need on solenoid per corner? Or just one for all four turn signals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avanman View Post
    Another question. I am assuming I will need on solenoid per corner? Or just one for all four turn signals.
    Think about it for a moment. What does a stock bike or car have - One per lamp or just one?

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    one solenoid per bike. You do NOT need four. you do need a manual so you can open up the wiring diagram portion and find the flasher solenoid.
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