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Old 12-19-2011, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Been a while since I posted last, but figured I owed the inmates an update on what I think to be one of the best finds for my 93 R100GS -- LED replacement bulbs for the turn signals.

The closing of Eurotech had me itching for the LED bulbs that were already sold out at clearance prices, so... several Google searches later led me to superbrightleds.com and what turned out to be choice LED 1156 bulb replacements.

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Let it be known that I do have a Kisan Signal Minder (SM-6) turn signal relay, so if you have a stock unit, YMMV! Apparently load-dependent flashers don't play well with LEDs since they don't draw enough juice!
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So, the product I'm talking about is the 1156-A45-T, a 45 LED bulb that throws light rearward and sideways. Found them here:
http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...115x-x45-T.htm

Looked like the type of LED that Eurotech was selling, so I figured what the heck! Got several Amber and Red to give them a run. They are ~$25 each, so this is not a cheap alternative, but I figured that the Kisan wasn't a load-dependent relay, and if these work I might not have to change another signal bulb for 10 years or more. If you're wondering why I thought the Kisan wasn't load dependent, it's because during the install of the Kisan, I had a signal bulb removed at one point and fired up the turn signals. The Kisan did not give a "fast-flash" to indicate that a bulb was out like the stock flasher. So I put 2+1 together to think that the Kisan is a non-load-dependent, electronic flasher relay (unlike the stock flasher relay).

I have yet to test these bulbs with the stock flasher unit, which I left in place after the Kisan install. But I think the worst case scenario is that the stock flasher will give a "fast-flash" turn indicator when using these LED bulbs, because of their low power draw compared to the expected incandescents.

If you want to run LEDs with a load-dependent flasher, you can install resistors for each signal using LEDs, and superbrightleds.com sells those too.

A few quick picts, then some video links to follow.

***Let me add that I do not work for superbrightleds.com, kisantech.com or run-n-lites.com in whole or in part. I purchased the aforementioned products and like the results.***
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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Enjoy! Next up, I'll be looking into dash lights and idiot light replacements (except for the GEN light). Suggestions welcome from anyone who has already ventured into this realm...

Winter sucks for riding, but damned if the bike doesn't come out of the season with more farkles! ;)
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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Looks like you are planning on landing aircraft with those lights.

Cant say I'll look forward to riding behind you with all that, I might have a seizure.

That being said, I'll be getting some myself. Nice addition

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Old 12-19-2011, 07:43 PM   #5
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Omg!

I've been Manfred Rolled!

ROFL!

Seriously, though, these LEDs are the shit.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:21 AM   #6
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...those are bitchin' ignatz! Thanks for the info.
Any odd situations with your Kisan using them? I read the comments on the Youtube vid.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:24 PM   #7
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...those are bitchin' ignatz! Thanks for the info.
Any odd situations with your Kisan using them? I read the comments on the Youtube vid.
Nope, seems as if the Kisan was made for them. The Kisan is an electronic relay, and I'm pretty sure it is load-independent, unlike the stock relay. So far all functions of the Kisan have worked fine with the low power LEDs in place. My thinking is that the stock flasher might give me an immediate "fast flash" operation due to the low draw by the LEDs, since the stock flasher "checks" for burned bulbs by the amperage present to indicate a bulb is out. The Kisan SM-6 is tops with the LEDs so far.

Can't say as much for my Hazard flasher Switch - it broke tonight. No more clicky, no more turning on running lights until it gets replaced. I heard somewhere MaxBMW has a 1 year warranty on BMW parts? With my luck it probably excludes "electronics" like switches.

***EDIT: Fixed the switch!!***
***EDIT: Switch flaked again! New one ordered***
***MaxBMW will initiate a warranty claim on ANY BMW part but you have to pull it and send it to them, and you can't dick with it to try to fix it like I did already***

I was planning on giving the stock relay flasher a test this weekend since I left it mounted in place on the frame for a backup in case the Kisan ever went south. I suppose I can still test the turn signals, but can't test the stock Hazard flash now. Grrr.

I'll update when I can on the stock flasher behavior and what I find for the instrument and idiot light (not GEN light!) replacements.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:24 AM   #8
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Just What the Doctor ordered !!

I am on a 1982 BMW R100RT - and I am looking for what you posted - fantastic and the videos made it all real for me !
One of our airhead members posted on our website http://www.flairheads.org about your posting and I am getting my credit card ready for ordering - Thanks a Bunch IGNATZ72.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:59 AM   #9
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I am running the run-n-lights in my 85 RT adn would be interested to see a write up or something on installing the resistors so you can use the stock flasher set up

however the brand you are using seems pretty spendy when compared to very like ones at fleabay, but at least you have a real report on quality from your testimonial and video


( would also like to see a writeup and parts list for installing a 4 way flasher system in my 85)

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Old 12-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #10
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I am on a 1982 BMW R100RT - and I am looking for what you posted - fantastic and the videos made it all real for me !
Good deal, Floridafeeger. That's why I posted it, to help everyone else out. Even after a few days' research, I think I got really lucky finding these bulbs - they are terrific.

If you are worried about your flasher, the Kisan SM-1 would eliminate that worry for you and offer a bunch of other goodies.

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I am running the run-n-lights in my 85 RT adn would be interested to see a write up or something on installing the resistors so you can use the stock flasher set up

however the brand you are using seems pretty spendy when compared to very like ones at fleabay, but at least you have a real report on quality from your testimonial and video


( would also like to see a writeup and parts list for installing a 4 way flasher system in my 85)
Coastranger - I initially thought you might have a K bike, but saw that you have a monolever R80RT... not sure on the flasher relay situation on that era bike (I skipped Monolever and went from twin-shock to Paralever). Check your stock flasher to see how many pins it has, and match that up with what Kisan offers since they will be your best bet for 4-way flasher action. Or give them a call, they are really helpful. If you have a 3-pin flasher, you can use the SM-1 as quoted above.

Superbrightleds.com also has 1157 bulbs that you would need with the Run-N-Lites conversion sockets that you have. Or, if you decide to use a Signal Minder, you could strip the Run-N-Lites sockets and just use the 1156 bulbs.

***Info below is provided PRIOR to my testing of the stock BMW flasher w/o resistors, so I am assuming resistors would be called for on a stock flasher for my bike - YMMV depending on model and year, and modifications. The Run-N-Lites sockets may pull enough juice to fool a stock flasher***

If you want to stick with the stock flasher, the resistors that superbrightleds.com offers come with Scotchlock style wire taps that don't require splicing or soldering. You just wire the resistor inline with each bulb's circuit (across the hot and ground wire). More info here http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...dresistor.html and here http://www.superbrightleds.com/pdfs/...istor_info.pdf. Mind the note that these resistors get hot (like the incandescent bulb normally would), so you have to mount these resistors away from plastic. That might be tough on a motorcycle. Plus, once you install the resistors, most of the benefit of using the LEDs in the first place is gone. Resistors emulate the power draw of an incandescent bulb, so you won't be saving any amps. You will get more light, and *hopefully* longer life, but if the charging system is your worry then resistors won't help.

As far as the price, from what I've gathered, with LEDs you gets what you pays for. I liked the fact that the ones I found were very similar to the ones Eurotech offered since they offered a 2 year warranty on them. If they offered that kind of warranty, who was I to question? Other types of LED bulbs (urethane coated round types) don't seem to cast as much light as this style (LED experts - what is this type of flat LED called? ***EDIT: These are called SMD, or Surface Mount Device, more specifically, High Output SMD***). And from others I've spoken to about them, $25 each is a real good compromise on price vs. performance. Remember, you may never have to replace this bulb again!
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:14 AM   #11
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One of the first items in getting my r100r back in shape is taking care of the corrosion.

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Bedliner works wonders. ADVmonster Model 30 LED lights 17 watts@13.8v for the pair. Now to get the corrsion off the rotors.
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Old 12-22-2011, 06:04 AM   #12
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One of the first items in getting my r100r back in shape is taking care of the corrosion.

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Bedliner works wonders. ADVmonster Model 30 LED lights 17 watts@13.8v for the pair. Now to get the corrsion off the rotors.
I never would have thought bedliner. What brand did you use? I thought it would be too thick?
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I have wanted to do this for a year or so on my 1970 R60/5 since they draw so much less current. Every little bit helps on that thing. I'll eventually upgrade the system to a /6 statior but till then I want to do what ever I can that takes load off the charging system.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:27 PM   #14
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I never would have thought bedliner. What brand did you use? I thought it would be too thick?
Rustoleum spray, takes a bit of practice to get it right. Very durable with a couple of light coats. Found that primer isn't needed.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:04 PM   #15
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Stock flasher behaves as expected...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9Rw1...ature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMzxM...ature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSUGc...hannel&list=UL


Enjoy! Next up, I'll be looking into dash lights and idiot light replacements (except for the GEN light). Suggestions welcome from anyone who has already ventured into this realm...

Winter sucks for riding, but damned if the bike doesn't come out of the season with more farkles! ;)
Well, as expected, the stock flasher operates in a "fast flash" mode as if a bulb or filament were out. You could certainly run a bike like this if the flash-flash-flash-flash didn't drive you nuts - but I imagine it would be hell on the flasher relay.

Best bet is an electronic one (like the Kisan or those offered at superbrightleds.com). I've also read (not tested) that a relay marked as "Heavy Duty" will also be immune from the fast-flash symptom.



If the embedding didn't work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBwblSJUx18
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