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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-24-2017, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing turn signals

I have a 1984 Honda Shadow vt500. I bought new turn signals off amazon. My new signals only have 2 wires and my bike has 3. Just wondering if someone could help me make sense I can post pics if that would help

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Thanks in advance for any help

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Welcome @Bradley Mitchell ...
Our Bikes have "running lights" as well as turn signals up front, the rear are turn ONLY...


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The two wire lights will work on the rear. On the front too but you will loose the running light in the front.

I would suggest returning them and getting a set that has 3 wires in the front. You can use 3 wire in the rear as well,,,either do not hook up the low voltage (running light) side or change the lenses out for red ones and hook up running lights in the rear as well.

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or change the lenses out for red ones and hook up running lights in the rear as well. >>
Yep, that`s what I did
I installed 1157 sockets in place of 1156 it came with...
You CAN do that, BUT as @PhantomRider 54 suggested, Return what you bought is my suggestion too...




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you can use the 2 wire lights up front and still have running lights. Thanks to Aced it's write up that is how I did mine. Check out the instructions Here--->https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/72-...ml#post1234266



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I deleted the running lights on my front signals. The front signal lights are LED two wire lights. They work just fine. As for the rear, I got rid of the signal lights completely. The rear signals are now integrated into the taillight.

I suppose there is an argument about more lights give more visibility. But, I doubt a couple of tiny lights really make that much of a difference. If anything, I would argue a larger bike is more visible than a smaller bike.
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I deleted the running lights on my front signals. The front signal lights are LED two wire lights. They work just fine. As for the rear, I got rid of the signal lights completely. The rear signals are now integrated into the taillight.

I suppose there is an argument about more lights give more visibility. But, I doubt a couple of tiny lights really make that much of a difference. If anything, I would argue a larger bike is more visible than a smaller bike.
I'm in the middle of doin the same thing on my bike. Axed the fronts and relocated them in the grill. Either side of the grill will flash when the signals are on or at least that's the idea. So I'm not gonna be wanting the driving lights anyway. One the back I ditched the old light and went with the duel clear cat eyes Kraytor light. Has red and amber LEDs behind a clear lens. Right now I have everything mounted where I want it and roughly wired back up but somewhere I have my wires crossed. @sidejam how exactly should I wire it back up making sure to delete the running lights and still get the signals to work in the tail light?

new tail light wires: yellow, black, red, green
bike wires: brown(x2), Green(x2), Green/Yellow(x2)
signal wires(rear): blue, green(right) orange, green(left)
signal wires(front): blue, blue/white, green(right) orange, orange/white, green(left)
new signals(front): blk, blk/wht(right) blk, blk/wht(left)


I'm gonna assume all honda wiring is relative...at least for the lights anyway
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@WyoRedRider88 What I did was nothing new at all. I just used a trailer light module to control the two brake light bulbs. I also made a divider out of plastic to keep the light from each side separate. Also used LED bulbs in the taillights as well. If you search some of my old posts, you can see a vid where I show the taillight on/flash/brake. As for specific wiring colours, I just figured it out with a multimeter. Always test your wires before making connections!!

Hope that gives you a starting point.

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