Guys with LED turn signals... what electronic flasher are you running?

Discussion in 'Electrical Systems' started by ULTM8Z, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. ULTM8Z

    ULTM8Z Veteran Member

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    I'm about ready to complete my front light project. Wanted to know what electronic turn signal flasher has been proven on our 2nd gens.

    Thanks.
     
  2. jroach

    jroach Veteran Member

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    why not use the stocker?
     
  3. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I haven't bought mine yet. I'm just going to grab whatever Autozone offers.

    LED's don't draw enough current to trigger them properly.

    You need a special electronic flasher.
     
  4. ULTM8Z

    ULTM8Z Veteran Member

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    I have a Tridon EL12 electronic flasher that I bought from Pep Boys, but the darn thing doesn't work. Not sure if I simply bought the wrong part... was wondering what other people are running.
     
  5. ozchevy

    ozchevy Veteran Member

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    Hi guys,
    One thing you will notice if using the stock flasher with LED turn signals - is that the lights will flash twice as fast as usual.
    This is because the LED's are a diode in the usual sense of a diode and utilise a resistive flow of electrons inside the flow of current, which will only travel in one direction only (so to speak) The flasher cannister will draw whatever current it can get, to make and break and with the resistive load this happens twice as quick. You may find a flasher unit suitable to give a good result with it.
    One of the perils of LED turn signals I'm afraid.
     
  6. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    It says that's a heavy duty electronic flasher.

    I think you might need one that's not so heavy duty (meaning less draw)

    FYI - Bike guys use the Libertek variable rate electronic flashers.
    Or try the NAPA # 552 Variable load flasher
    http://www.bugmanweb.com/gsxr/flasher.html
     
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  7. ULTM8Z

    ULTM8Z Veteran Member

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    Sweet! Thanks Ace. There's a NAPA down the street from my house. I'll pick one up tomorrow.
     
  8. Camarofanatic73

    Camarofanatic73 Veteran Member

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    I've been using this for a few years now-
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    Signal Stat 262
    IIRC, I bought them at NAPA
    FWIW,My marker & tailights (all 4 red tail) are LED bulbs and my turn sigs are still incandescents
     
  9. Aceshigh

    Aceshigh Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    :confused:

    If your turn signals are still incandescents......why the need for an electronic flasher ??
     
  10. Camarofanatic73

    Camarofanatic73 Veteran Member

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    Because I bought everything at once and found out later that the LED bulbs did not fit into the front turn sig sockets, so I kept the old ones in place till I find a suitable replacement. Sheesh
     

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