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Old 09-04-2010, 04:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Replace single contact 1156 socket to dual contact 1157?

This is a question for those that have actually done this or know how to do this mod.

I've searched far and wide on VR search and most suggest LEDs or some branded solution. I am not looking for either of those. Furthermore, most posts don't go into the particulars of this mod, which is why I am starting this post.

Scenario:
Rear turn signals on my 2006 C50T have single contact 1156 bulb and socket, so they are only turn signals.

Mod:
1. Replace rear OE light with 1157 double contact socket and bulb to make it a running light and turn signal.
2. Replace the lens cover with a red cover.
3. Run rear running light wire to the turn signals.

Question:
1157 bulb/socket have 2 offset pins. The 1156 bulb/socket have two in-plane pins. So, it's not a simple matter of putting an 1157 bulb into an 1156 socket.

The 1156 socket is really tight in its housing (don't know how the socket is connected to the socket); the housing encircles the socket and contains the ground wire. I've tried twisting the socket from the housing; didn't work.

1. How did you manage to remove the 1156 socket from the housing?
2. How did you insert and connect the 1157 socket?

Thank you!
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I put different turn signals on the front and moved the front stock ones w/the 1157 sockets to the rear. I use red LED bulbs w/clear lens. Hooking the wires up is a pain in the A$$
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Hooking the wires up is a pain in the A$$
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probably the biggest reason I still have my stock rears...leave well enough alone... the aggravation alone in replacing my stock signals when I carelessly break one from "memory lapses" reminds me just that.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know a few have already done this mod, but the specifics weren't detailed in their responses. Please read the original post and answer the questions in details.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like a lot of work. Just install a Kuryakyn Run Turn Brake Controller. Use red Bulbs and clear lenses.
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I did not change the socket. I changed the whole assembly. You are probably not going to get the socket out of the turn signal without destroying something.

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Old 09-07-2010, 08:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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If you do take off the rear turnsignal/brakelight housing, you will enjoy hours of work with trying to put the rubber gasket back on that goes between the chrome housing and the fender. There are little **** that will not stay in the holes. Start early winter and have your bike ready for spring.
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