Brighter Turn Signals on the Cheap

So you have a motorcycle, And the turn signals work, But with distracted drivers all about we want to make sure they see our lights, Here we will show you how to make your turning signals noticeably brighter on the cheap.

Disclaimer, You are removing safety lights on your machine. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, Have a certified mechanic do this work for you. Test everything after you are finished, check, Double check, Triple check everything. If something does not work after you did this, Contact a certified mechanic. This is for informational uses only, The author of this instructable takes no responsibility for anyone who gets hurt trying to do this work.

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Step 1: Gather Supply's

Things you will need.


Masking tape.

Screw driver, or bit driver. In this case we used a 1/4 socket with a #1 Phillip's bit, Your lights may require different tools to remove the cover.

Metallic Gold or Silver spray paint.

Not Pictured: A plastic bag to catch over spray.

Step 2: Remove Lens Covers.

Step one: Remove the screws on the rear of the light. In this case there was three screws. The top most screw was easy to access with a standard screw driver. The other two needed the ratchet, socket and bit method.

Step two: Remove the lens cover, It comes right off once the screws are removed. Take note of the length and placement of screws. Remove the rubber gasket under the lens cover.

Step three: Remove the bulb. Simply push in gently and twist and the bulb comes right out.

Step 3: Mask Away

Here comes the fun part, Masking. Take your time here and mask around the edges of the light housing. Making sure to cover the top, sides and rear of the housing as well. Place tape over the light socket inside the housing. We used a large plastic bag to protect the motorcycle and controls from over spray.

Step 4: Shake and Bake.

Shake your paint thoroughly, Clean the inside of the light housing. I just wiped it off with a rag and started painting.

Apply several light coats of paint. I did three light coats, and one wet coat. A few squirts is all it needs. Make sure to cover the entire inside of the housing with paint.

Let it dry, We are almost finished!

Step 5: Reassembly

Now that the paint is dry its time to reassemble the lights.

Install the lens gasket.

Install the light bulb.

Install lens cover and screws.

Take note if you have longer and shorter screws. These lights had three screws, two long and one short.

Do not over tighten screws.

Step 6: Test Time!

The first picture is before we started, Stock turn signal. The second is after we finished. It is noticeably brighter in the day light, And even more so at night time.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    You MIGHT also look to see if your bike has old incandescent bulbs.

    Replace them with modern LED bulbs (darn cheap at the DIY store)

    1) you'll get more light

    2) AND less heat

    3) AND pull less power from your alternator

    2 replies

    Reply 4 years ago

    led lights are out there, but the light housing still has poor reflectivty. And you cant just buy led 1056 bulbs just anywhere.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Actually you may be surprised. Many "autozone" and "home depot" (car & house DIY stores) have bulbs which will swap out on display very cheaply in blister packs.

    I'd suggest taking a bulb to a couple stores and asking about availability...


    4 years ago

    very cool. I am looking for a dual sport right now so I will have to try this. (get some bark busters, they are a hand saver!)

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Well done - that makes a big difference, I did mine by using self adhesive aluminium foil, same effect but less messy and no need to mask everything.

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