Stock Blinker Modification
removing large rubber spacer


Okay, again the standard disclaimer of this is YOUR doing, not mine. You break it, you buy it, etc etc...


Picture 1:
Illustrates the left directional being "stock" and the right side being the newly modified stock directional. About a 2" difference.


Pitcure 2:
After removing the stock directional from the bike, this is what you will have.
The directional, one nut, and a funky looking 2 holed spacer/washer.


Picture 3:
Insert a phillips screwdriver into the hole that the wires run through, find the screw and remove. The screw is quite visable with moderate light.


Picture 4:
After removing screw, the "rubber spacer" (undesired portion) is now removable. RETAIN the screw which held the rubber spacer to the blinker, you will use it!!!
The rubber spacer and the nut may be saved to bring the light back to stock conditions if desired.


Picture 5:
Okay, perhaps the most challanging portion of this modification is finding a method of which to secure the light and NOT allow it to rotate once attached. What I did was flip the 2 holed washer/spacer so the small hold was toward the rear which allowed me to secure the light using the original screw. I ran the wiring and the bolt you see here through the larger hole.

Okay, about the bolt.
It is a 1 1/2" bolt with 2 nuts and a 1/4" washer. I slid the washer on and secured the washer in place with a nut. I used "loc-tite" on everything to prevent the nuts from vibrating off. The nut that holds the washer in place, acts as a spacer, forcing the washer further into the body of the blinker. The washer itself fits perfect in the "void" within the light and when fastened to the bike, prevents the light from turning.

When fastening to the bike, the first thing to do is run the wiring through the front hole in the bike which now mates up to the large hole in the 2 hole washer (which you reversed, using the small hole to the back. (damn, that's a lot of holes).

From there, run the threaded side of the bolt contraption through the same hole that the wiring is in. LIGHTLY finger tighten a nut on the back side of the bolt (using loc-tite). This should provide adequate support so the light will not rotate, and lightly tightening the nut keeps you from mashing the wiring running through the same hole.

Using the screw that once held the rubber spacer to the blinker, attach the blinker to the bike and you are done!


Picture 6:
Poorly illuminated picture of the finished front end.


Picture 7:
Nice shot of this mod done on a 98 XX courtesy of Igor Blauw


Comments of this Modification from Mark Livingood

Turn Signal Bob: As advertised, the rubber extension came off quite easily. As for remounting the turn signal housings without the OEM bolts, I elected to salvage the two bolts previously used to hold the license plate light assembly to the fender and "made them one with the turn signals". After taping off the exterior portions of the turn signal housing & the threads of the bolt, I set the flair headed bolts into the rear cavity of the turn signal housings (centered so they would line up with the rubber stalk's bolt hole in the fender), then filled the housings with the freshly mixed epoxy. You need to hold everything steady for about a minute, after which the epoxy's catalyts kick-in and instantly "cook-it" into a semi-solid state. After about an hour it's pretty well hardened. Merely remove the tape and then trim the epoxy so that it is flush with the mounting surface of the turn signal housing and you're ready to install it. Wire runs though the big hole -- same as stock -- and then similar to your installation the original set-screw (along with a rubber faucet washer & metal washer that prevent it from "going down the hole") are screwed back into the signal housing along side of the wires. The "new" mounting bolt is fastened with it's original nut from the license plate assembly. Viola -- another OEM looking installation.