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Title: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: rpeters549 on October 20, 2018, 06:37:29 PM
Thinking of swapping in quite bright LED replacements in the mirror housings.  At around $10 each though, not worth it if I get the rapid blink.  Don't want to use resistors/load balancers, just the bulbs.  Anyone done this?  Does blink rate stay the same or get rapid?
Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: Jeffb on October 20, 2018, 07:18:55 PM
I had to use resistors, but I think you can now find some led bulbs with internal resistors. You'll need resistors somewhere in the system, as it was engineered for incandescents.
Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: Rick505 on October 21, 2018, 03:46:42 PM
I haven't checked but is there an electro-mechanical flasher on the bike originally?  If so, get an electronic flasher and no resistors necessary.  Heck I did this n a 2008 Royal Enfield Bullet without issue.  Just not sure how much of the "Computer" controls the flashers.  I went with LED's on the Enfield just to reduce power consumption BTW.
Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: Coconut on October 21, 2018, 09:27:34 PM
There is no separate Flasher Unit on the Trophy - this function is controlled by the Instrument pack.

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Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: rpeters549 on October 22, 2018, 12:16:39 AM
Might just try it.  Especially if I use brighter LED's that draw a tad more voltage anyway...
Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: darmah59 on October 22, 2018, 02:31:14 PM
Be careful, the blinking is controlled by the resistance of the bulb, might make the indicators fail.
Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: thumper on October 23, 2018, 05:45:54 AM
I did this a couple of years ago, and they're still working 100%.

https://www.triumph-trophy.com/index.php/topic,5604.msg70360.html#msg70360

My job does require resistors, but they're extremely easy to mount on a Trophy.    You'll have to find out which LED bulbs have replaced the ones I used, as they're no longer available on Amazon.     
Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: AZBob on October 29, 2018, 06:15:45 PM
You will absolutely need resistors, there isn't an LED set made that draws enough power to get the blink rate correct. There MAY be some that have resistors incorporated, but I doubt they'd fit since the space behind the mirror isn't the greatest, and the resistors need to dissipate the heat, so they'd probably be exposed to the wiring in the mirror pod, which may melt something.

If you DO decide to wire in the resistors, I tested out a several LED amber bulbs a little while ago: https://www.triumph-trophy.com/index.php/topic,8184.0.html -- I'm still running the ultra bright ones from my tests without incident.
Title: Re: LED front turn signal bulb?
Post by: Gar on October 29, 2018, 09:19:46 PM
I changed mine to LED as well. You definitely need resistors as others have said but they are quite easy to install. My turn signal LEDs are connected to my Skene LED control module along with front fork LEDs and rear LED brake lights. They all work together to provide flashy "look at me" bright lights when driving, braking or flashing your high beams. An overall very cool but expensive option. Still, if it helps just one distracted driver from hitting me then it was well worth it.