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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 and what turned out to be choice LED 1156 bulb replacements.

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!

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:

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 sells those too.

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

***Let me add that I do not work for, or in whole or in part. I purchased the aforementioned products and like the results.***
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