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Old 11-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently bought a 2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 and the front right turn signal was not working. I tried switching the bulbs around and all of the bulbs were working properly. When I would blink on the left hand side, the turn signals would blink at a slower rate than the one that was working on the right hand side. So I decided to change the turn signals all together. I went on Amazon and bought these:

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Mostly because they were cheap but also because they fit the aesthetic I was looking for. When I started pulling apart the original turn signals I ran into a small issue. The front ones had 3 wires (the third one is black and white striped and was attached to the base of the lamp holster), and the back ones had 2 wires. While the new turn signals only had 2 wires per.

Naturally I installed the front right turn signal first. I found that if I connected the black/white striped wire to the positive wire, all of the turn signals would work properly. Then I installed the back left turn signal. Afterward everything worked perfectly. I installed the front left turn signal the same way I installed the front right, the left side was blinking quickly and the right side was blinking at regular intervals.

I figured this was due to a difference in the capacitance of the turn signals. I installed the last one and all of the turn signals were blinking at the same quick speed.

Afterward I turned on my bike and took it for a spin. The turn signals work fine but now the gauge cluster is not working, it is like it is not receiving power at all. The speedometer does not move, the odometer and the fuel do not display, and lastly, my neutral indicator N does not light up at all when I am in neutral. All other lights in that display work correctly. I closely checked all of the connections behind the headlight and everything seemed to be hooked up properly.

Please can someone help me with this issue? I feel like the turn signals should not affect the gauge cluster but somehow they have. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-03-2012, 03:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds to me like an unrelated issue, probably caused by a blown fuse. Check them all.
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that is a real good price 20.00 for all four and thats what I would do check the fuse
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Checked my fuses. The one labelled "signals" was blown. I replaced it and turned my bike on. It blew the new fuse immediately after I turned the key. :'(

Any ideas why?
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Time to get a meter and find your shorted connection and/or wire.
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Sounds like you have a shorted wire or ground somewhere.
First place to check would be those new lights you installed. Probably a bad connection or bare wire etc..
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You really need to consult the wiring diagram for your year/model. Black/white wires are normally grounds, so I suspect you've shorting something incorrectly. The front bulbs should be dual filament - 6W for running lights and 21W for turn signals. If the front right bulb was wrongly installed, or not a dual filament, this might explain the original malfunction. Also, the instrument cluster IS connected to the turn signal circuitry, through the little green indicator lamp (s) on the speedo panel that flash to show your turn signals are working. If they flash too fast that's usually a sign that a bulb is either missing, burnt out, or the wrong load (eg an LED bulb, or a 6W filament where the 21W should be). Good luck tracing the problem.
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