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Installing Buell X1 turn signals
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2001
From: Henrik Bo Pedersen

I had mounted Woodcraft clip-on bars, and thought I could still fit turn signals on the modified stock bracket - no dice. In picture #1 you can see the hole I drilled in the stock mount for the X1 signal locator pin. This is what I did instead:

Installing Buell X1 rear turn signals on SV650 headlight brackets:
The Buell X1 turn signals are quite stylish (I think), have a short, flexible stalk (less breakage) and you can get a set of 4 for about $25. The rear signals have a shorter stalk than the front signals, so for a cleaner look I went with the shorter rears.
Right rear signal P/N: Y0526
Left rear signal P/N: Y0527
Call Dave King at Manchester HD & Buell: 603-622-2461

I measured up the flat part of the headlight brackets closest to the fork tubes and drilled a 10mm hole for the signal stalk about 38-40mm from the top of the bracket and 10mm back from the "crease" in the bracket (see picture #1 - the exact location is not really important, as long as the two sides are equal :-). With a level as guide I determined the rotation of the signals - that's the horizontal line you see in picture #1. I then put a dap of grease on the locator pin on the turn signal and installed the signal stalk in the 10 mm hole, and then pushed the signal in until the locator pin touched the headlight bracket. When you remove the signal you'll have a grease dot where you'll need to drill the 4mm hole for the locator pin. This hole only need to be deep enough to accommodate the pin - no need to drill all the way through. Install the turn signal using the stock turn signal nuts and a star washers (Buell P/N: B1000.4Z). The Buell turn signals come with snap connectors installed. Replace the turn signal connector on the stock harness inside the headlight with snap connectors (Radio Shack P/N: 64-3086; Snap Connectors, size 16-14. $1.49) and hook up your new turn signals. In the close-up picture, the yellow arrows point to the connectors.


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