I have noticed that there are some southeast Asia sourced aftermarket blinkers on Ebay that (according to the photos) look reasonably good. Original blinkers don't seem to age very well since they are pot metal with 70's mass production chrome plating. They also seem to leak as all of my 5A blinkers have various levels of internal corrosion. (Probably wicking through the contact surface between the plastic lens and the pot metal housing)
So I am curious if anyone has had experience with modern reproductions of these blinkers?
I'm not sure if they're exactly the same as the ones I bought for my GT resto. The ones I bought I think were made in Europe. If they are, they're superb.
I had to change the lenses, they were not exactly the same but NOS lenses were readily available. Also the bolt that holds the blinker housing to the stem is not chrome so I just rechromed my originals and fitted them. Perfect replicas.
Fitted to my "M":
Sydney, Australia. The new leaner, trimmer shed: RE5M, RE5A, GSX1100EX, GL1800/Champion sidecar
Wayne, that GT750 is incredible. If I wanted my 5A to look that clean and shiny I would have to replace every single part.
I don't think that these are the European made ones. I ended up making an executive decision and bought a pair of used genuine Suzuki blinkers on Ebay. They aren't perfect but roughly match the rest of my bike. And despite how shiny the aftermarket blinkers are I didn't want to risk dealing with unknown electrical components, fits between components, etc. (The devil I know and all that.)
Are there any pictures of the correct arrangement of rear blinkers on A models? I believe that there is a threaded post that extends the rear blinkers farther away from the frame. A few years ago I thought that I saw some description somewhere in the forum but I haven't found that thread despite the search function.
Have a look a this thread. There is a post that details the rear blinker "post" dimensions and another with photographs of originals vs machined replicas. Those are by Stuart and he may be still selling these. I have a detail shot which I'll put up once I remember my Flikr login...........
Wayne, yes that "indicator-stems" thread was exactly the one that I was looking for. Thanks for that. I managed to make my blinkers fit without the spacers but it was a bit of a amateur job so I might ping Stuart to see if he has any of his custom spacers in stock.
I sent a note to Stuart a little while ago but he is probably outside riding (like I should be). So I decided to rebuild the two rear blinkers that I bought recently.
Has anyone ever replaced the electrical bulb socket within a GT750 blinker housing?
One of the used blinkers that I got has a socket that is rather rusty. (Despite the very nice non-corroded chrome housing and clean lens.) I am replacing some blinkers that are more corroded externally but have decent light sockets within.
Easy enough to do a swap I thought.... Soldering is easy for me but that black electrical wire is not budging when I pull on it. I don't want to damage it if it has some sort of retainer within the stalk. Any ideas for non-destructive removal of the wiring? (obviously I would clip and replace the bullet terminal on the bike end)
I could try to clip the wire right within the socket but that button and spring assembly on the wire looks easy to wreck.