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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 7-27-2008, 6:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Front turn signal replacement.

I just made my introduction and now I would like to ask something.
It's a stupid and easy thing to do, but I'd like to do it right.

I just bought my '05 Ninja 500R and the only thing that's broken is the front right turn signal. It has a crack that I fixed with Duct-tape but since the Monsoon hit I'd hate to have any water get in there. I ordered some '08 500R turn signals for I was told that they would indeed work with the bike. Thing is, I absolutely despise wiring and I'm not too good at doing it either. Is this somewhat hard to do for someone like me? I was hoping to get a bit of information on how to hook them up and how to remove the old signals safely.
Thanks and if you need any info let me know OK!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 7-27-2008, 6:49 PM
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Re: Front turn signal replacement.

it's not a job that requires skills of any sort. The turn signal wires are fitted with special ends that easily connect and disconnect from the bike's wiring. All you do is pull the old wires out, and snap the new ones in. I'm sure you can handle removing the old signal and installing the new since its just a screw or two.

good luck.. but you probably won't need it.

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If your flexible and patient you can swap them out with the fairing on, if not the first thing you will need to do is take the upper fairing off. Pop the rear panels out, just pull them gently and they will come out. If the side panels seems to be stuck there is a screw towards the bottom on either side, go ahead and take those out too. There are 2 screws on the under side right near where the rear panels attach, take those out. There are 2 more bolts under the headlight, take those out. After that remove the mirrors (a good time to swap out the stocks for better ones). You should be able to gently slide the upper fairing forward. You will have to disconnect the headlight, just grab the connector on the back of the bulb and wiggle it off. There will be a small connector for the turn signals you will have to disconnect as well. You should now be able to slide the fairing all the way off the front. If it seems stuck, gently flex each side open a little, the coolant line would fight me a little on mine, be gentle! Once you have it off, now you can change out the light. Remove the 1 philips screw that holds it on. Follow the wires back to the middle of the fairing and you'll find 2 connectors, disconnect both of them and the light should come free. If the new light you bought does not come with the connectors on it you can disassemble the old light and remove the wires and replace them in the new one. You will not have to cut the wires. Follow the same directions in reverse to re-assemble.

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If your flexible and patient you can swap them out with the fairing on, if not the first thing you will need to do is take the upper fairing off. Pop the rear panels out, just pull them gently and they will come out. If the side panels seems to be stuck there is a screw towards the bottom on either side, go ahead and take those out too. There are 2 screws on the under side right near where the rear panels attach, take those out. There are 2 more bolts under the headlight, take those out. After that remove the mirrors (a good time to swap out the stocks for better ones). You should be able to gently slide the upper fairing forward. You will have to disconnect the headlight, just grab the connector on the back of the bulb and wiggle it off. There will be a small connector for the turn signals you will have to disconnect as well. You should now be able to slide the fairing all the way off the front. If it seems stuck, gently flex each side open a little, the coolant line would fight me a little on mine, be gentle! Once you have it off, now you can change out the light. Remove the 1 philips screw that holds it on. Follow the wires back to the middle of the fairing and you'll find 2 connectors, disconnect both of them and the light should come free. If the new light you bought does not come with the connectors on it you can disassemble the old light and remove the wires and replace them in the new one. You will not have to cut the wires. Follow the same directions in reverse to re-assemble.

Yeah I checked it out and I will have to remove the fairing, so thanks for the description, it's going to help a lot!
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Let me extend this discussion. I am going to add mirrors with integrated turn signals, and switch out the stock turn signals with some Lockhart - Phillips flushmounts. How do I add this extra set of wires from the turn signals?

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Splice the wiring.
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Does it matter if the splice is before or after the stock connectors? I'm guessing not.
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Re: Front turn signal replacement.

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Does it matter if the splice is before or after the stock connectors? I'm guessing not.
It doesn't

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10Q
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Re: Front turn signal replacement.

Did you have a difficult time placing the front turn signal assembly back in the holes?
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 8-17-2019, 1:27 PM
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Front turn signal replacement

This was really useful. I got the fairing off, disconnected the lights, but I can't see how the rubber boot of the new turn signal fits in to the hole in the fairing. I'm frightened to break it (the reason why I'm replacing the signal in the first place). I tried taking the signal apart to fit it from inside the fairing but that's not a goer. Any suggestions?







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If your flexible and patient you can swap them out with the fairing on, if not the first thing you will need to do is take the upper fairing off. Pop the rear panels out, just pull them gently and they will come out. If the side panels seems to be stuck there is a screw towards the bottom on either side, go ahead and take those out too. There are 2 screws on the under side right near where the rear panels attach, take those out. There are 2 more bolts under the headlight, take those out. After that remove the mirrors (a good time to swap out the stocks for better ones). You should be able to gently slide the upper fairing forward. You will have to disconnect the headlight, just grab the connector on the back of the bulb and wiggle it off. There will be a small connector for the turn signals you will have to disconnect as well. You should now be able to slide the fairing all the way off the front. If it seems stuck, gently flex each side open a little, the coolant line would fight me a little on mine, be gentle! Once you have it off, now you can change out the light. Remove the 1 philips screw that holds it on. Follow the wires back to the middle of the fairing and you'll find 2 connectors, disconnect both of them and the light should come free. If the new light you bought does not come with the connectors on it you can disassemble the old light and remove the wires and replace them in the new one. You will not have to cut the wires. Follow the same directions in reverse to re-assemble.
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With the metal backing plate removed, the rubber boot attaches from the out side. Then the metal plate attaches from the inside.

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