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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Front Indicators intergrated with DRL

Hi all,

I'm looking at making the front end of my Speedie a bit more visible by converting my OEM indicators to LED that will also run as DRL's when the indicator function is not activated.
From what I've read, I think that I will need to install a different flasher relay and pick up the "park" light wire in the headlight bucket to provide an active to allow the DRL side to run. Is this correct???
Being a complete novice at this, I wanted to know if anyone had done this conversion and what I need to do to avoid any lighting/wiring issues!
Any advice would be appreciated!
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You can use the "parking" lamp circuit to power the always on element of your front turn/run signals. That's what I have done in the past.
You will need to change the flasher relay to a CF13GL02 model or the flash rate will be very fast.

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I suspect you will also need two LED's on each side. One for flashers. One for running lights, similar to a dual filament bulb. You could still put them in one housing. There might be a way to intigrate these both into a single LED per side but I think the electronics would get a little complicated. I also suspect you will need a seperate ground for the park light curcuit. On mine the park light was grounded to the common on the headlamp. When I added a LED headlight, it kept blowing the park light (tail lamp) curcuit fuse until I seperated the grounds. ...J.D.

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Thanks guys.
What I want to do is perhaps a little more complicated than I might have explained.
I would like to have a combined turn and DRL in one light housing similar to the Rizoma iRide setup. Here they are on Revzilla https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...de-turn-signal

These have dual LEDs build into an aluminium housing that operate either as turn signal when required and DRLs when not turning! I think HD have something similar but they also have a different wiring set up to my SM.
Would I need to run another wire from the "park light" out each side to the turn signals for it to work??
Like I said - I'm a complete noob with this stuff but prepared to have a go at it! if it fails, then I can get some help from the dealership I guess!

BTW Wire Wheels I have put in a LED Headlight and it is excellent compared to the OEM. Touch wood, not experienced blown fuses or anything else that would cause a problem! Maybe I got lucky with that one but it was very simple to do. Truly plug and play!

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As far as the LED headlight, I ran the one I had for a couple of years, but never liked it. I think the ground problem I experienced depends on the internal curcuit in the LED driver. It finally burned out and I went back to an H-4 halogen that is bright yellow. Like the light it gives better and you can see me coming night or day for miles ...J.D.

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Gopherit, I have been running dual function front turn/run signals for some time. Actually have the Rizoma iRide in place now. Using the parking lamp power feed for the always on running light circuit. Also have the matching three function turn/run+brake iRide signals for the rear.

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For daytime visibility. there's nothing like running full time on high beam, especially with LED auxiliary lights.
Some don't like the look, but to me the high visibility is far more important. Since I installed them (on all my bikes) people pulling out with the "Gee officer, I never even saw him" is a thing of the past.
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For the DRL component on the lights, did you need to run a separate wire from the turn signals (mine are still on the bars) to the park light wiring in the headlight? If so, what gauge wire did you use for that??
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Yes, you will need to add 2 wires. One for each (L & R) running light element. I have actually moved my signals down to the forks but the electrical changes are the same. You can snake the wires through the L & R wiring looms from the switch gear down to the headlight bucket.
Don't remember the gauge I used but it was small, 22 or 24 gauge.
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Thanks MattyMo!
I have a set of driving lights mounted on the forks and wanted to keep the DRL and turn signals as visible as possible, so don't want to relocate them to the forks.
I'm now considering mounting the DRL lights onto my engine bars instead of the handle bars and leave the turn signals on the bars. Just means the extra wiring will come to the engine bars instead of the handle bars.
If I do this, presumably, I will need a ground wire as well as a wire to the park light.
Thanks again for your help and advice!
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