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    Flasher Relay help

    I picked up a 2 prong, 12v flasher relay capable of handling 6 lamps at Autozone. No worky! LEDs went from fast flash to zero flash. Indicator on dash is solid.

    Clearly the wrong flasher!

    Looks like I have to get one of the three prong ones, there were a bunch of options. Can someone help me choose the right one? Also, what should I be doing with the third lead off the relay?

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    Just tried a 3 pin one marked "LED" and added a ground. Still no go! GRRRRRR. Gonna order a plug and play from superbrightled.com for $12 shipped and just be patient.

    EDIT: Clearly just talking to myself here... Move along folks... LOL
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    I used this $25 Amazon.com item that is a snap-in (fits the stock bike's wiring harness plug and mounting bracket), and is adjustable. Works great.


    See it at Amazon.com: 2-Pin LED Flasher Relay to Slow Signal for Kawasaki ZX6R, 636, Z750, Z1000, ZX12R, ZX10R, Ninja EX250, EX500 650R ZX7R ZX9R: Automotive

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    Are you using LED bulbs or just looking for a stock replacement?

    I don't think that polarity matters with a thermal flasher but if it does you want the X positive terminal to connect to your BR/Y wire and the L lamp terminal to connect to the O wire.

    You should only need 2 terminals so I think you're wasting energy with the 3 terminal one.

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    Yeah, wasn't gonna spend that much dough on it though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by djrussell View Post
    Are you using LED bulbs or just looking for a stock replacement?

    I don't think that polarity matters with a thermal flasher but if it does you want the X positive terminal to connect to your BR/Y wire and the L lamp terminal to connect to the O wire.

    You should only need 2 terminals so I think you're wasting energy with the 3 terminal one.
    For LEDs. That's why I tried the 2 terminal one first.

    I maaaaaaaaaaay have had a snickers moment... I'm gonna try again a bit later with the 3 prong. Doesn't help that it's cold in the garage!
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    I thiiiiiink this is the one you want.

    Novita/Heavy duty electronic flasher (EP37) | Flasher | AutoZone.com

    But for $20 (at least that's the price in my area) you'd come out cheaper at superbrightleds.

    Now I want a snickers.

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    dj, my autozone didn't have that one in stock, or I certainly would've tried it!
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    Go figure. Good luck sourcing one.

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    Ah man. I'm an idiot!

    In more closely reading the packaging of the flasher I bought, it says "2 turn - 6 hazard." The relay itself says "2-6 bulbs." Well son of a... Sometimes I can't get out of my own way! Back to Autozone...
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    Seems the Autozone next door doesn't carry any flasher relays that will handle 4 turn signals. Weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smash View Post
    Seems the Autozone next door doesn't carry any flasher relays that will handle 4 turn signals. Weird.
    First, you should get one with the same number of pins as the old one.

    Second, an LED counts for about a tenth of one bulb so if you have changed all 4 to LED, then your effective load is LESS than one bulb........and you need an electronic one
    that has set timing OR you need load resistors.

    Can't say more without knowing exactly what your setup is, that is the mix of stock and LED bulbs.

    Oh but wait.......I don't own a 650 so my advise is obviously useless.
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    Edit. Not worth my time.
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    LF1-S-FLAT Universal Motorcycle Electronic Flasher | Flashers & Load Resistors | Car Bulb Installation Supplies | LED Car Bulbs | Super Bright LEDs

    That's the one I bought when I switched my turns to LED's. It plugged right in and worked. Just had to use a zip tie to hold it.
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    Thanks John, that's the one I referenced earlier. If I can't find a flasher locally tomorrow that works I'll order it. Of course I cut the wires off the OEM male plug too close to reuse. Drat.
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