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Old 10th May 2010
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Fixed the ground problem in the front turn signals. Now I have running lights and blinkers. Once I fixed that, the load increased and I found a short in the rear turnsignals. the short, subsequently, blew the electronic flasher and all lights went solid. Fixed the short, new flasher on order. The saga continues...
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UPDATE

I fixed the ground problem, and have a new electronic flasher unit. Now I have a new problem: When I hit a turn signal button all four still flash; however, the side of which I hit the button flashes brighter than the other side. For example: I hit the right turn signal button. The right side starts to blink, the left side blinks very dim, and the Turn Signal indicator light on the handle bars is very very dim (hardly noticeable it's so dim). What are the possibilities now? The electronic flasher should have corrected the problem of needing load balancers.
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I too put aftermarket lights on...look cool as hell but the stock harley equalizer doesn't have enough juice....you have to replace the load equalizer (under seat) with a after market one...JP cycles has a good plug in one for $90 or a wire in one for $40
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What does the load equalizer look like under the seat?
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What does the load equalizer look like under the seat?
You have an '86. No load equalizer under the seat. That's for those fancy Hi-tech bikes

Try this. Disconnect the front signals. Then try to see if the rear's will blink correctly. Then repeat with fronts connected and the backs undone. Your electronic flasher will allow normal flash rate.

Also, You may want to take one off and hook it up to a battery to triple check how the thing is wired. Maybe one of the two wires coming off them is for the running lights. If so, the back's maybe causing feedback.

If you are locted near east-side of PA, I'm willing to help hands on. I'm an electronic tech by training.
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Here is the latest and greatest. I threw some filament bulbs from my trailer in the housing instead of the LED bulbs...worked like a charm. Therefore, even though I have an electronic flasher, the LED bulbs still don't have enough draw to work correctly. Some load resistors should do the trick. I'll let you know when they come in.
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Just one other thing to consider... Are you're battery connections 100% clean? When I used an LED tailight, the LED turn signals (inside the brake light) would go bonkers now and then because the battery connections had a little corrosion on them. LED's light steady, consistent current/power.
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I'll clean the battery terminals as well and see if it makes a differnece. Thanks!
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LED's can be very tricky. They need to have a diode inline. The diode acts like a check valve to keep stray voltage on the negative side in check.

Some LED's have the already have a diode, some don't. They are polarity sensitive. Also, because they use such low current (amperage) they will "turn on" with stray current that is present in your wiring that will not effect a regular bulb.

As stated earlier, my Brother has a 2000 XLHC. He changed all the bulbs to LED. He added a Bad Lands load equalizer designed for LED lighting.We had the same issue with turn signal bulbs pulsing at inappropriate times. He is an electronics technician by trade. No amount of fiddling would cure the problem.

Final solution was to replace two of the LEDs (front turn signals) with halogen bulbs. Any high amp bulb would do the same thing. (1156, 1157...)

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