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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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LED lighting problems..........

Ill start with the basics, my bike is a 2008 FXSTB Night Train, it does not have a factory or aftermarket alarm. Up until today, it was only equipped with a HD LED headlamp and HD LED tail light. The turn signals/running light were the stock, incandescent bulbs.

So today, I installed my recently received Custom Dynamics LED turn/running light kit. The kit consisted of Custom Dynamics red LED bullet clusters for the rear, white/amber Dynamic Ringz LED bullet clusters for the front, a signal stabilizer(which is their version of a load equalizer) and their Triple Play brake/running/turn signal controller.

The installation was straightforward and everything worked EXCEPT my front right turn/running light. It is supposed to have the white ring brightly illuminated as a running light and when the turn signal is activated, the white LEDs turn off and the center amber LEDs flash. It works perfectly on the left front turn signal, not all on the right. On the right, the white LED ring is barely, and I mean barely, illuminated and when the right turn signal is activated, the white LED ring flashes, still barely illuminated.

I swapped the LED clusters, left to right and back, and both worked fine on the left side, but as described above on the right side. Pretty sure it aint the LED clusters. I also tried it with and without the signal stabilizer but no joy, all that did was cause the signal to flash faster as expected. I tried it with and without the Triple Play, no effect. I tried it with the bike running, no change. I put the stock incandescent bulbs back in, they worked fine. I left the LED in the left lamp and put the incandescent back in the right, the both worked fine. WTF?







Anybody got any ideas? Ive already sent an email to Custom Dynamics about it but it is a weekend so..
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I had one a while back that gave symptoms similar to what you're getting. I traced it down to the socket itself. My regular bulb worked in the socket but the LED didn't, the regular bulb base was slightly longer than the LED. I worked the inside of the socket part that has the contacts and it loosened up and protruded farther out and the LED worked after that.
Otherwise it sounds like you covered all the bases.

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I had one a while back that gave symptoms similar to what you're getting. I traced it down to the socket itself. My regular bulb worked in the socket but the LED didn't, the regular bulb base was slightly longer than the LED. I worked the inside of the socket part that has the contacts and it loosened up and protruded farther out and the LED worked after that.
Otherwise it sounds like you covered all the bases.
I pulled the light housing apart and messed with a bit but had no luck. Perhaps I'll try it again. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Sorry for not knowing the brand. Do they plug/insert into the existing HD lamp socket?

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Sorry for not knowing the brand. Do they plug/insert into the existing HD lamp socket?
Yes, standard 1157 light base. So far most folks I've heard from are saying it's probably the light socket itself not making adequate contact for one reason or another. So I'm gonna try, again, to work on that angle.
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It exhibits all the symptoms of a bad ground connection. Make sure the socket and bulb base are clean.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I figured it out! It wasn't the LED or the socket per se, it was this:



Factory wiring had the turn signal wiring running to the ground contact in the socket and the ground wire running to the turn signal contact. Apparently the incandescent bulb will work this way because it did just fine but the LED, not so much. Nice quality control HD!

Anyway, it's fixed and works great now. Thanks to all for the input, it helped me figure this out for sure.
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I have the same rings on mine and love them, glad you got it figured out!

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I have the same rings on mine and love them, glad you got it figured out!
Yes, the rings are really cool and the LEDs front and back are awesome. Super bright and easy to see. What's not to like, right? Except that frakkin' HD wiring.............
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Yes, the rings are really cool and the LEDs front and back are awesome. Super bright and easy to see. What's not to like, right? Except that frakkin' HD wiring.............
No doubt, the LED light look superb. I don't have this bike but i am really impress by LED light. Can we add this LED light on another bike?
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