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Phil07952
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Upgrading indicators to LED - help

Post by Phil07952 on Thu 16 Mar 2017, 11:02 am

Hi all,

I'd quite like to spruce up my 98 CB 500S with some new LED indicators like these but I want some advice:
Do I need to change the Indicator Relay and/or Flasher Unit as well?

Cheers,
Phil
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Re: Upgrading indicators to LED - help

Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 16 Mar 2017, 11:17 am

I would avoid them tbh, the rubber perishes and it leaves your indicators flopping. They're also not very  bright either. You'd need to fit inline resistors to get the correct flash rate.
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Re: Upgrading indicators to LED - help

Post by ratatooie on Thu 16 Mar 2017, 2:42 pm

Jameshambleton wrote:I would avoid them tbh, the rubber perishes and it leaves your indicators flopping. They're also not very  bright either. You'd need to fit inline resistors to get the correct flash rate.

I've heard that you can also just swap out the relay for an LED compatible one. 

I went the route of wiring in resistors across the circuit as I had the right ones to hand.
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Re: Upgrading indicators to LED - help

Post by geewhizz on Thu 16 Mar 2017, 7:31 pm

oh oh - i'm waiting on theses floppy babies 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302212043110?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

and i've got a relay like this ready to fit with it
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12v-3pin-LED-Honda-Relay-714451-/132110864188?hash=item1ec26bcf3c:g:qOgAAOSwuxFYtXZN

fingers crossed this will rectify my apathetic indicators but i'll let you know as soon as.
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Re: Upgrading indicators to LED - help

Post by eternally_troubled on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 8:17 pm

geewhizz wrote:oh oh - i'm waiting on theses floppy babies 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302212043110?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

and i've got a relay like this ready to fit with it
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12v-3pin-LED-Honda-Relay-714451-/132110864188?hash=item1ec26bcf3c:g:qOgAAOSwuxFYtXZN

fingers crossed this will rectify my apathetic indicators but i'll let you know as soon as.

Best thing is just to fit one (to start with) and then do a comparison to compare the brightness - might be easier to tell at night time/dusk.
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Re: Upgrading indicators to LED - help

Post by Jameshambleton on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 9:32 pm

Best time for testing would be in the day time with the sun shining on the indicators as lets be honest, most people will only ride in the day time on decent days and that's when your indicators need to be most visible to other road users... at night they're really easy to see.
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Re: Upgrading indicators to LED - help

Post by eternally_troubled on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 10:08 pm

Jameshambleton wrote:Best time for testing would be in the day time with the sun shining on the indicators as lets be honest, most people will only ride in the day time on decent days and that's when your indicators need to be most visible to other road users... at night they're really easy to see.

You are probably right, either way, I'd want to be able to compare the new and old ones.

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