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Old 30th April 2009
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You do not need a load equalizer on an IronHead. You need them on modern bikes that have a computer to control the bilnking. That little flasher unit that we have [mine is in the headlite bucket] works excellent on its own.


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Not sure if this is true.

Even modern bike use a mechanical flasher (my '07 Buell did), and when I installed LED blinkers there wasn't enough load on the box to make them blink - they just buzzed and looked half-lit.

I was able to find another flasher box that plugged in but was designed to run on less draw, and while the lights blinked faster than stock, they at least blinked.

If you can't get another box to handle the lower draw, you'll need load equalizers to increase the resistance going to the flasher unit. Otherwise, they won't flash.

And LED brake/tail/turn assembly likely has all the electronic goodies built into it.
It is true as far as IronHeads are concerned. You do not need a load equalizer in an IronHead. There is no flasher box that plugs in. There are different flashers available in the auto stores and WalMart etc. Some are labelled as Heavy Duty. These are the wrong ones for an IronHead application. Just the simple inexpensive flasher is what is needed.
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