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Old 12-12-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Bar-mounted Turn Signal Switches

Hey guys! For those who are interested in cleaning up your bars and removing all bulky and ugly stock switches housing but concerned about having practical and usable turn signal switches on the bars. Especially here in California where the motorcycle cops like to hassle you for everything So I came up with a pretty great solution. Through out my whole time building my bike I was having a hard time figuring out a way to mount a turn signal switch. I first tried by buying a old oem harley switch off ebay like the one here:
This switch was a complete piece of garbage in my opinion, it was so stiff you could hardly push it up or down and then one of the positions stopped working all together, so i threw it in the trash. So I shared this link so none of you make my same mistake and waste 25 bucks! ha

From there I came up with my own custom way to mount some switches in the style of new oem harley with push button switches for each signal at your thumbs.

first I purchased two of there:

From there i went to my local hardware store and picked up 4 rubber grommets with a 3/8" inner diameter, 1/2" mounting diameter, and a 5/8" overall outer diameter. I then marked where I wanted the buttons and drilled out 1/2" hole through the front and back of the bars and fitted the holes with the rubber grommets. I wired up my switches like so using some disconnect connect terminals i also got at the hardware store. I spliced the grey wire into two wires then added the 4 female ends of the connectors of each wire.

From there I attached the wires to each switch, added the male ends to each wire and covered the wires with some black braided loom and heat shrink and ran the wires through the bars. I removed the nut and lock washer from the switches and "threaded" them into the rubber grommets, which worked great. You could always tap the bars to fit the threads of the switches but the rubber grommets were much easier, and looked very clean, in my opinion. I didn't take any pictures of the process but its pretty simple to figure out.

Notice the rivets i used to plug the holes where i drilled to mount that old school harley turn signal switch..

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Old 12-12-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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And the finished product!

NOTE: This mod will not work with running lights. For this mod i did away from the three other cables from the stock switch for the running lights and am using just 2 wire after market turn signals.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:04 AM   #4
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Not bad, I like the idea.


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Old 12-13-2013, 09:30 AM   #5
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interesting idea.... I like it!
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:20 AM   #6
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I'm going to try your idea. I dig the look you made your bike into. My Bobber goal is something similar to yours.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:41 PM   #7
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Not bad at all.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:13 PM   #8
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I did something like that but made switch housings out of alum conduit to hold the switch. Makes it so u can internal wire the bars
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:59 PM   #9
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I like it a lot!
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:14 PM   #10
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Very nice work. I may "borrow" this idea from you, but is there a button out there that will allow the use of the running lights as well?
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