Author [ES] [PL] [PT] [IT] [DE] [FR] [NL] [DK] [SE] [FI] [NO] Topic: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs  (Read 8435 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Coconut

  • Trophy God
  • *****
  • Posts: 8877
    • View Profile
  • Bike: 2017 Trophy SE
  • City / Town: South Birmingham
  • Country: UK
HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:09:01 pm »
Edited 22/07/17 to add Links for Photo's in the new Forum Members Gallery.

FRONT INDICATORS :

If you are changing an Indicator bulb, you might also want to consider changing the type
from the standard Amber coloured ones, to Chrome bulbs - have a look at this first :
Changing Standard Amber Indicator Bulbs for Chrome bulbs

The front and rear indicators use the same "581" or "BAU15" or "PY21W" bulb type -
12v amber with offset pins ( see Photo's ).

The front indicator bulbs are accessed from behind the mirrors.

Fold out the mirror glass towards the fuel tank as shown on the respective side ( Left mirror shown ) :




Remove the wiring plug from the bulb holder, by pushing the silver wire spring retaining clip IN towards the bulbholder.
Don't try and pull the clip outwards - it is likely to come off, get dropped,
and will invariably disappear from sight inside the fairing  :233:
With the spring retainer depressed, carefully pull the plug away from the bulbholder. ( Right mirror shown ) :


You can now rotate the bulbholder "anti-clockwise" in its housing, and then remove it to change the bulb.
I find this really fiddly as it is difficult to get a good grip on the bulbholder in such a confined space,
and it is quite tightly fitted in the housing.

An alternative is to remove the indicator unit from the bike - it is only held in by one bolt !
Remove the bolt then slide the indicator unit outwards to free the retaining lug on the end of the casing :


With the indicator unit removed it is much easier to undo the bulb holder.
Twist the bulbholder slightly in the direction shown and then pull it out from the housing :




Note the offset pins of the bulb and how they locate in the offset slots in the bulbholder :


Replace with a good bulb, and re-assemble the indicator in the reverse order.

Refit the electrical connector plug which should 'click' into place.


REAR INDICATORS :

Remove the rear seat.  If a heated seat is fitted there is no need to disconnect -
just turn it round and lay it carefully on the riders seat.

Note the small silver wire spring clip attached to the single rear light unit retaining bolt.
This is a safety device to prevent the nylon nut from unscrewing due to vibration,
which could then result in the light unit falling off the back of the bike ! :


The spring safety clip is quite small and needs to be removed, and then the nylon nut unscrewed.
There's a good chance of dropping the spring clip and losing it, so I have modified mine by tying a small length of cord to it.
( Or you could wire it to a part of the Frame ).
This also makes it easier to remove - simply pull the clip straight out and place it to one side :



Undo and remove the nylon nut while supporting the back of the light with your free hand to make sure it doesn't fall from the bike when the nut is removed, which could damage the attached wiring.
Pull the light unit gently away from the bike to free it from its mounting, and locate the wiring plug.
Note the plastic retaining tab at the furthest end of the plug ( arrowed ).
Depress the tab to release the latch and while depressed carefully separate the connector. :


Lay the unit face down on soft cloth to protect it from scratches.
The casing is marked to show which way the bulbholders should be turned to lock them.
The next photographs show the bulbholders locked - rotate in the direction of the arrows to unlock them :



Unlocked :


With thanks to member CoJaW : Rear indicator failure thread
Examine the wiring and ensure there is no undue stress when the bulbholders are refitted,
particularly where the wires enter the bulbholder. 
There has been at least one report where the wires were so tight,
that they broke under stress causing the indicator to fail.
If your wiring appears "tight" it may be possible to pull a little slack and feed through
the small tie-wraps to reduce the stress, but if not - consult your Triumph dealer !

Once the bulbholders are removed you will see that they are the same fitting as the front indicators.
Replace with a good bulb, then refit the light unit, connect the electrical plug,
refit the nylon nut, and the spring safety retaining clip.

Refit the rear seat then check all indicators for correct operation  :152:

« Last Edit: April 06, 2020, 11:43:49 am by Coconut »

Offline cropbiker

  • Trophy God
  • *****
  • Posts: 4933
  • Midlands biker
    • View Profile
  • Bike: Triumph Trophy SE
  • City / Town: Worcester
  • Country: UK
Re: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2013, 10:19:07 pm »
Another great how to!

Thanks coconut!
Triumph Trophy! Not for every Tomaz, Dieter or Herman!🇬🇧

Offline seadog

  • Trophy Master
  • ****
  • Posts: 1038
    • View Profile
  • Bike: Trophy SE
  • City / Town: Harrogate
  • Country: UK
Re: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 07:49:53 am »
Excellent description Coconut. Well put together.

 :460:

sesadog
seadog

Offline CoJaW

  • Trophy Pro
  • ***
  • Posts: 150
    • View Profile
  • Bike: Triumph Trophy
  • City / Town: Birmingham
  • Country: UK
Re: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2013, 11:28:24 am »
Another good one, Coconut!
Good idea about tying some cord to the spring clip, but why not tie the cord to a part of the bike with enough slack that the clip can be removed easily but then cannot be dropped or misplaced?

 :015:

Offline Coconut

  • Trophy God
  • *****
  • Posts: 8877
    • View Profile
  • Bike: 2017 Trophy SE
  • City / Town: South Birmingham
  • Country: UK
Re: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2013, 11:37:17 am »
Why not indeed !

Just make sure it's tucked away so the seat latch doesn't foul on it.

« Last Edit: April 06, 2020, 11:42:51 am by Coconut »

Offline GPL95928

  • Ex Member
  • *
  • Posts: 282
    • View Profile
  • Country: USA
Re: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2013, 01:52:00 pm »
Thank you Coconut  :152:

Offline Michel1960

  • Trophy Pro
  • ***
  • Posts: 315
    • View Profile
  • Bike: Blue Trophy SE
  • City / Town: Quebec
  • Country: Canada
Re: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2016, 04:22:23 pm »
Hello Coconut ( and others) can these be installed by tapping in the rear light section by just removing easily !? Also do you think it could affect the cruise control!?

http://www.directcycleparts.com/lighting-plate-frames-light-bars-custom-dynamics-universal-light-p-14121.html

thank you
Honda 350 ( old),Suzuki 400 GS 1975
Yamaha Maxim 750 1983,Yamaha Venture Royale 1984,Honda St1300A 2003
Bmw K1600GTL 2012
Triumph Trophy SE 2014

Offline Coconut

  • Trophy God
  • *****
  • Posts: 8877
    • View Profile
  • Bike: 2017 Trophy SE
  • City / Town: South Birmingham
  • Country: UK
Re: HOW TO : Change Front & Rear Indicator Bulbs
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2016, 04:48:15 pm »
Hi Michel1960,

This Topic is about How To change the stock bulbs if one should fail.

Have a look at this Topic : HOW TO: Add rear LED Stalk lights
which should give you all the information you need.

Or ... Yes you should be able to tap into the existing wiring
to connect LED indicators into the circuit.

But - be wary of connecting any dual Brake / Position Lights
( where the red LED is permanently on for Position light,
and then gets brighter when the Brake light circuit is activated ),
as this can cause problems with the Cruise control not activating
as a small voltage may be sensed on the brake light circuit
from the Position lamp circuit, disabling the  Cruise control from engaging !

Cheers,


« Last Edit: April 06, 2020, 11:42:26 am by Coconut »

 



tweedy-bunch