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steve6
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Date Posted:10/18/2014 5:36 AMCopy HTML

Okay guys, I'm resoring a 73 XL175 and can't find original turn signals on Ebay anywhere (been watching for months now).  Lots for XL125/250/350 plus CL, CB, SL and other Honda models but none for XL175. Plus when I look up the part numbers for other models (even within the XL family) they all have different part numbers though some appear to be identical (at least from what I can tell by looking at the parts diagrams).  Sooo, my questions is, do other bikes use the same signals as the XL175?  The 71-73 CB500 appears to be a match but the part numbers are different.  I won't get too concerned if the stems are a little longer or shorter as long as they bolt up, work, and look decent. 
Any ideas or advise is much appreciated.  Don't understand how Honda can make a billion turn signals all of them ALMOST the same and all with different part numbers...it's maddenning!
skorpioskorpio #1
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Re:XL175 Turn Signal Madness!

Date Posted:10/18/2014 10:43 AMCopy HTML


Actually the 12V bases are a little different than the 6V bases. What parts are you looking for? The lenses are, or until recently were, still available and are reproduced, the stems (front ones with are just a 10mmx1.25 thread, I believe) are reproduced in a couple different lengths. Look at CMSNL or David Silver Spares for the bases, they had them recently. As far as the back, well you can actually make stems fairly easily especially if being rubber mounted isn't a concern. Cutting the width of the original stems actually makes the signals look a lot more balanced with the bike, I don't know what they are from but my 250s have shorter stems and look a whole lot less Dumboish than the originals, and my rear stems are cut down by about an inch per side.

steve6 #2
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Re:XL175 Turn Signal Madness!

Date Posted:10/18/2014 4:52 PMCopy HTML

Thanks for the info.  Yes, I have found reproduction stems, lenses and other pieces but collectivly it gets expensive.  On the other hand, I see whole sets of all four signals in excellent condition for $20.00 or $30.00 on Ebay but they are from different (less popular) bikes.  The ones I'm looking at now are from a CB500 and CL360 which look very close to the XL175.  I just didn't want to buy and find out the thread size is off or something like that.  I figure there has to be someone who's already climbed this tree and knows what other bikes will match up fairly close to the XL175...thanks again.
skorpioskorpio #3
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Re:XL175 Turn Signal Madness!

Date Posted:10/18/2014 8:28 PMCopy HTML


Just be aware that there are some common problems with these turn signals to look out for if you are considering used. The screws that hold the lens on are very frequently galled and will simply twist off at the base instead of coming out making the housing essentially useless. The metal used for the housing pits like crazy so if you care what they look like look at the pics really carefully before you buy. The reflectors are also not wonderful material and will often be, well, not very reflective, though you can make them workable with metalized tape over the surface, polished up and sprayed with a layer of clear coat, pretty difficult to tell it's been done through the lens. Reinforcement of the bosses in the casting where the lens screws are is basically non-existent and any stress from the bike being laid down will have likely cracked the housings there. CB and CL twins and fours are all 12V bikes just so you are aware. A company named KSI makes replica housings that are a whole lot cheaper than the Stanley housings Honda used (and Kawasaki BTW) they are very similar but use a slightly smaller diameter lens, but I've seen them pretty frequently as individual assemblies or as a kit of four for a fraction of the cost of genuine ones, but in 12V so you would need to change the bulbs. Oh and one other thing, do not assemble these things without never seize.

steve6 #4
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Re:XL175 Turn Signal Madness!

Date Posted:10/19/2014 2:58 PMCopy HTML

Thanks this is very helpfull and I'm leaning towards buying the CB 500 set, but I'm still hoping someone has run into this before and knows what non-XL signals will bolt up to a XL175 and pass for stock (or very close to t).  12 volt shouldn't be a problem provided I put in 6 volt bulbs as you suggested.
Steve 
iwantthat77 #5
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Re:XL175 Turn Signal Madness!

Date Posted:05/03/2017 7:42 PMCopy HTML

i know this is old but what did you end up doing? i have 1975xl175 and know nothing of electronics,could someone post pics of what gets plugged and where for all the light stuff...i have to add signals,i have some but they are different mix match some appear to ground to the brackets,others just have 1 wire from them etc...confusedand just knowing what should be plugged where/color,is anything missing etc would help alot...PLEASE
XLKirk #6
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  • From:USA

Re:XL175 Turn Signal Madness!

Date Posted:05/07/2017 12:59 PMCopy HTML

Hey there, just caught the question this morning about turn signals.  I went through the same thing when restoring my XL175. I measured up a set on another XL175 that were still on a bike (amazing since those things are always the first to go on these bikes!) for many of the reasons that Skorpio explained. I found that a 1978 CM 185 Twinstar to use the same sizes - duplicates. That bike has a 6V system as well. I replaced the lens with new ones from China after trying to polish the old ones. The old ones were a foggy - milky opaque and didn't show light through well. I think the originals were molded from polycarbonate without UV resistance inhibitors in the plastic. Sun will cause polycarbonate material to do that.
Good Luck


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