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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 7-29-2019, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Flush mount turn signals - recommendations?

Hey all, first post, just got my 2009 ex500 (gen2) this weekend.

First thing I noticed on it was the front turn signals were so loosely secured that they'd both pop out of the fairing at 10mph. Not sure if they're just broken or not installed correctly...

I was planning on getting aftermarket flush mounts anyway, but after further investigation, can't seem to find any that fit well.

I've scoured the forum for recommendations but they're all dead links and no names. Anyone want to hook me up with one that works well and fits gen2 fairing holes nicely?

I purchased some, but immediately realized that they'd be way too big to fit in the stock position (can't post links yet, but it's the most popular result on ebay).

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Edit: I'm also open to any turn signal that works better/shines brighter, not just flush mounts.

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your EX500 ownership!

As for flush mounts, I'm sure you can modify something. As I like things stock I had a similar problem with the stock signals but I ordered the OEM parts and replaced.

Look at the schematics and maybe you can decide what you want to do.

https://www.kawasakipartshouse.com/o...c/turn-signals
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If you opt to stay stock, you probably just need the tighten the plates from behind. You need to remove the fairing to do so.

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I did these (or similar ones about 4 years ago) for my fronts:
https://www.amazon.com/Flushmount-Si...ateway&sr=8-11
You will have to fabricate a bracket to get them to lock on to the fairing, bit cutting a tin can and drilling a hole in it did the trick nicely. If I recall correctly, I was able to reach from the front and did not even have to remove the fairing.

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I did these (or similar ones about 4 years ago) for my frontslink)
You will have to fabricate a bracket to get them to lock on to the fairing, bit cutting a tin can and drilling a hole in it did the trick nicely. If I recall correctly, I was able to reach from the front and did not even have to remove the fairing.
Thanks, this is probably the route I'll take.

You can actually buy adapter plates for flush mounts on ebay that seem to solve the problem you mention.



Thanks all for the replies, according to the schematics I'm missing screws that were supposed to be holding the brackets in place.
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I did these (or similar ones about 4 years ago) for my fronts:
https://www.amazon.com/Flushmount-Si...ateway&sr=8-11
I got those and had to return them. So dim, they were worthless as turn-signals. Returned them same day.
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I got those and had to return them. So dim, they were worthless as turn-signals. Returned them same day.
Yeah I heard this was the case as well. I was considering them anyway just for the hardware and form factor to then resolder brighter LED clusters in.

Did you end up staying stock or did you find a better signal?
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I got classic Lockhaft Phillips flush-mounts like I used on my CBR600RR. Iíve been using these on all my bikes since Ď80s.



I prefer flush-mounts with replacable bulbs so I can upgrade bulbs. Need at least 500-lumens to be useful.

Flush-mounts - https://www.amazon.com/LPUSA-Lockhar...dp/B000I1WYWS/
Bright LED bulbs - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N66NJCI//

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I got classic Lockhaft Phillips flush-mounts like I used on my CBR600RR. Iíve been using these on all my bikes since Ď80s.


I prefer flush-mounts with replacable bulbs so I can upgrade bulbs. Need at least 500-lumens to be useful.

Cool thanks, I hear those are the best for the price to use but they unfortunately won't fit over the EX500 turn signal position. I'd either have to mount them to another part of the fairing and leave the old turn signal hole or cut and mod the signal until it fits. Not sure if either are worth it.

Might just try to fix the stock signals at this point and, like you said, get some better bulbs.

Thanks!
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They will actually fit over hole, but you have to make a plate on back-side to "sandwich" the lights over bodywork. Location is really awkward. I would fibreglass/bondo over factory location and put flush-mounts at front lowest corner of upper fairing (just above and ahead of side reflector).

https://luckybike.com/products/light...9054922e&_ss=r

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