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I have after market led turn signals front and back on a 1995 Suzuki Rf600 that I just bought a couple of days ago. When you turn on the turn signals they all flash on and off continuously like hazard lights. Any idea what it might be? Thanks

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  • mtweedie673 Mar 21, 2011

    Thank you I will check this. I did not install them I just bought the bike 3 days ago of a gentlemen that installed them. This bike does not have a flasher 4 way unit thats why I wasn't sure why they would be flashing all at once as if I had 4 way flashers. If the wiring is correct would the relay or turn signal switch be causing this?

  • mtweedie673 Mar 21, 2011

    I just received an email from the guy I bought the bike from and this is what he had to say: " The turn signals were purchased at the beginning of last riding season. They all worked fine, just as they were supposed to. For the front, I left the stock ones on as well so at one time, there were the rear, the mirror ones and the stock front ones from the fairing all functioning as they were supposed to. The front stock ones looked clunky, so they were removed from the equation. I did that at the end of the season, so it sat with just the mirror ones and rear ones until I wanted to sell it and get it up and running. When I tried them, I discovered the issue. The reason I think it is the relay and not the signals is because : a) they were working perfectly fine and b) I spent about 3 hours switching wires around to different configurations trying to get the damn things working, all with the same result. It did not matter whether it was just the front or rear hooked up.....whatever ones were connected all flashed in this manner. They are getting the required electrical current to function, they are just all getting the current at the same time, which leads me to believe that it is the relay.

    The bike is in Canada and our laws don't require the 4 way flashers on the year of bike.

    Thanks
    Mark

  • mtweedie673 Mar 21, 2011

    I just heard from the guy I bought the bike from and here was the email he sent me: " turn signals were purchased at the beginning of last riding season. They all worked fine, just as they were supposed to. For the front, I left the stock ones on as well so at one time, there were the rear, the mirror ones and the stock front ones from the fairing all functioning as they were supposed to. The front stock ones looked clunky, so they were removed from the equation. I did that at the end of the season, so it sat with just the mirror ones and rear ones until I wanted to sell it and get it up and running. When I tried them, I discovered the issue. The reason I think it is the relay and not the signals is because : a) they were working perfectly fine and b) I spent about 3 hours switching wires around to different configurations trying to get the damn things working, all with the same result. It did not matter whether it was just the front or rear hooked up.....whatever ones were connected all flashed in this manner. They are getting the required electrical current to function, they are just all getting the current at the same time, which leads me to believe that it is the relay. Thanks

  • mtweedie673 Mar 21, 2011

    Thanks. I will start with replacing the relay first as the signal switch is a lot more expensive. If that doesn't solve it then I don't know what it would be.

  • mtweedie673 Mar 21, 2011

    Thanks. I just bought the bike 4 days ago from a guy. He said that they worked last riding season and when he decided to sell it this month he said when he got it running they started flashing. Here is his reply to me that he sent me yesterday....... " The turn signals were purchased at the beginning of last riding season. They all worked fine, just as they were supposed to. For the front, I left the stock ones on as well so at one time, there were the rear, the mirror ones and the stock front ones from the fairing all functioning as they were supposed to. The front stock ones looked clunky, so they were removed from the equation. I did that at the end of the season, so it sat with just the mirror ones and rear ones until I wanted to sell it and get it up and running. When I tried them, I discovered the issue. The reason I think it is the relay and not the signals is because : a) they were working perfectly fine and b) I spent about 3 hours switching wires around to different configurations trying to get the damn things working, all with the same result. It did not matter whether it was just the front or rear hooked up.....whatever ones were connected all flashed in this manner. They are getting the required electrical current to function, they are just all getting the current at the same time, which leads me to believe that it is the relay. I know it's a bit rambley, but I hope it helps......... I just want to figure it out with out having to spend a lot of money replacing the relay and switch. Thanks

  • mtweedie673 Mar 22, 2011

    Thanks I will try that. Should I look for something in particular that it is putting out or should I be looking that it is putting something out period?

  • mtweedie673 Mar 24, 2011

    And if it is shorted then does that mean the switch is no good?

  • mtweedie673 Mar 24, 2011

    If the switch was no good would is still be able to activate the turn signals? When you switch to left or right that is when they all start flashing all together

  • mtweedie673 Mar 25, 2011

    Thank you for the assistance. I have ordered one today and when it get it in 2 weeks or so as it's on back order from my local dealer, I will put it in and see if that answers all my problems. Thanks

  • mtweedie673 Apr 22, 2011

    Well I had to order a used switch because I had trouble getting one thru my local dealership. I received the switch which the seller assured me that the switched worked and installed on the bike and it is doing the same thing. All the turn signals flash at the same time. Anyone else have any suggestions?

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The system works this way: power comes from the battery to an independent fuse; from the fuse it goes to the relay; from the relay to the indicator switch; from the switch it goes in 2 separate circuits on the side indicators.
If you get both sides active whatever the command then either the wiring has been done incorrectly or the switch is defective. You will have to check that. The relay is fine.

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  • Azrael SRL Mar 21, 2011

    The relay just cuts the power regularly, producing the blinking. Since the blinking occurs it means that the relay is good. If you are sure that the wiring is correct then the only thing left that could cause this is the switch - check it with a simple ohmmetre to be sure.

  • Azrael SRL Mar 22, 2011

    Check the contacts inside the switch - they appear to be shorted.

  • Azrael SRL Mar 24, 2011

    Yes, if the internal side contacts are shorted then the switch is faulty. Yes, if the switch is shorted both sides will be activated simultaneously when you activate one of them.

  • Azrael SRL Mar 25, 2011

    OK.

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If all the lights are activating when you turn the signal on for a turn then you have the wires crossed, double check your installation. There should be one wire that grounds, one that goes to the flasher 4 way unit and then one wire for each turn signal. If you only replaced the bulbs with the led units you may have connected the wires incorrectly on one or both signals causing this to happen.

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  • James Young Mar 21, 2011

    Yes, normally the 4 way is installed somewhere, it is required equipment in all states that I know of but if it isn't equipped then yes the flasher unit for the turn signals could be faulty causing this.

  • James Young Mar 21, 2011

    Understanding the 4 ways are not required in Canada helps. Assuming he has accurately described the actual start and conditions of the problem, and I have no reason to doubt that he is, then yes, the flasher unit or the turn signal control will be the problem.

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