Turn Signals on sporty homemade system

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by detrimentald, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. detrimentald

    detrimentald Member

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    Hey guys,

    I have an 86 sportster 1100 I bought last year. The guy that owned it before me peiced it together to his liking. Which means... no turn signals and no wiring left for them either.

    I got some new signals and hard wired them like this

    Battery --> Thermal Flasher --> Switches --> signals --> ground.

    Ive never worked on electrical before but in my mind it sounded like it would work ok. The signals all work fine (even when the key isnt in the bike)

    My question is... With the way i hooked these up (just a crude hardwiring), are there any possible problems I will have with perhaps the battery draining or the signals getting overloaded or anything????

    Thanks guys, Im awaiting the answers from the pros.
     
  2. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Thats fine except you forgot one important thing,fuse it at the battery,when the signal is off there is no draw,but you are not protected against a short.
     
  3. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Wire it off the keyed power so you don't leave them on.
     
  4. detrimentald

    detrimentald Member

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    Thanks guys, I think Im gonna leave it as is (except for adding a fuse) What size fuse should I use??
     
  5. Bud White

    Bud White Well-Known Member Retired Moderators

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    10 -15 amp should be more than enough
     
  6. Truffle

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    dont forget to heat-shring the wires so that there is less chance of a short if they get wet