having trouble blowing right hand turn signal bulb

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by ron1978, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. ron1978

    ron1978 Active Member

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    i have recently replaced the bulb in the right and side of my bike like 5 times , (turn signal)i'm using eiko heavy duty bulbs, i can put it in and it'll ride good for about 2 miles and blow, just the running light element, not the turn sig filament, it'll still flash to turn it just won't stay lit, i have looked at all my wires and see no harm, what should i look for and were to look at? thanks if you can help
     
  2. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    wiring of course .. the socket itsself.. front or rear? since its 2 element im guessing front?
     
  3. ron1978

    ron1978 Active Member

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    front
     
  4. whatyardwork

    whatyardwork Banned

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    As Bud suggested, the socket itself is likely the cause.The contacts rot out over time.You likely need a new lamp assembly convieniently sold in pairs.Pull the bad bulb, then pull the good one opposite it and visualy compair the condition of the contact points.
     
  5. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    The pigtail and contacts for the front signal/running lamp is the same as is used on any cheap double filament trailer light,buy one for a couple bucks,remove the bulb and slide the pigtail out in the same direction the light came out.Use the pigtail and discard the light.Much cheaper then buying the "GENUINE" HD part.:s
     
  6. ron1978

    ron1978 Active Member

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    sounds good to me
     
  7. springer03

    springer03 Active Member

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    If you don't find a problem with what all others have said.
    make sure you are getting 1157 or 2357 not 1057 or 2057.
     
  8. ron1978

    ron1978 Active Member

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    i replaced entire right turn signal , it fixed it, apparently it was shorting on the housing some how, but it fixed , thanks to all that helped me out!!
    replacement $28.00
     
  9. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    It is a thin wire passing thru metal bits insulated by only rubber grommets...may want to "dissect" the takeoff one to have as a spare, once you fix and replace the errant wire/insulator/socket root cause. Not that turnsignals will ever need replacement in their lifetime...:lolrolling

    Sides, every HD rider I know has a drawer full of takeoff parts for those little emergencies to cover garage parking "incidents." :(
     
  10. ron1978

    ron1978 Active Member

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    yea these are only 9 years old.