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Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby backroad101 - July 12th, 2016, 7:05 pm

So I got these switchback turn signals
http://www.ebay.com/itm/131848417600?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

Along with this wiring adapter kit
http://www.ebay.com/itm/151924557304?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

They work perfectly except for one problem. Each harness has 2 load resistors as you can see in the pics. When the lights are off, one resistor cools off and the other remains very hot to the touch. Is this right? Does not seem right to me. Don't feel comfortable about this so returned everything to stock for now. Thoughts?

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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby Jay2TheRescue - July 12th, 2016, 11:59 pm

I had them until I was due for my safety inspection, and the state made me remove them. You only need the load resistor on the lead for the flashing amber portion of the bulb. The white portion does not require a load resistor.
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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby backroad101 - July 13th, 2016, 7:25 pm

So the harness kit I bought has 2 resistors per side. There are other kits on ebay that have one resistor per side. What would be the reason for having 2 resistors per side?

I am thinking about returning what I bought
http://www.ebay.com/itm/151924557304?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

and get this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3156-3157-3taps ... RTM2247628

Thoughts?

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Silver. 2.5L Sun and Sync package. 18" Mazdaspeed3 wheels/Falken tires/Ford center caps. Body color grille, billet upper and lower inserts, chrome door handle and mirror covers, custom engine cover, Class III hitch.
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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby Jay2TheRescue - July 13th, 2016, 11:29 pm

backroad101 wrote:So the harness kit I bought has 2 resistors per side. There are other kits on ebay that have one resistor per side. What would be the reason for having 2 resistors per side?

I am thinking about returning what I bought
http://www.ebay.com/itm/151924557304?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

and get this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3156-3157-3taps ... RTM2247628

Thoughts?


Some cars will trigger a fault with the computer because the system thinks that the bulb is out, so in those cases, all LEDs need to have resistors installed. On the 01-12 Escapes, resistors are only needed on circuits that flash with the turn signals.
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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby backroad101 - July 14th, 2016, 7:23 pm

So all the pre-wired harnesses with one load resistor I have seen that they say they are for non-switchback bulbs. Do switchbacks require dual resistors per side?

I tried them again. Plugged everything in and kept all lights turned off. The resistors stayed cool after a minute or two plugged in. Tested the lights to see which resistor was for the amber and which for the white. The one for the white heated up when the white was on then the one for the orange heated up when I turned the signal on. Turned off all the lights, the one for the orange cooled off and the one for the white stayed very hot for at least 5 minutes until I just unplugged everything.

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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby Jay2TheRescue - July 15th, 2016, 8:53 am

Cut the one for white out and terminate the ends.
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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby Escape94 - July 15th, 2016, 6:20 pm

Me! I just installed the VLEDs kit a few weeks back. They are crazy bright. Everything was plug and play. Only thing I didn't do was install the dimming circuit for the headlights. You'll pay up a bit but it's well worth it quality and simplicity to install.
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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby Buran - November 20th, 2016, 1:49 am

I'd like to get the superbrightleds switchbacks along with this flasher that will eliminate the need to install resistors. I don't want to tap into any more wiring than I already have (powering up the halos in the Spyder headlamps is it so far). That is, if I'm not stymied by the smart junction box. My web-digging is saying I might be, yet for some reason that site insists the flasher is compatible.
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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby Jay2TheRescue - November 20th, 2016, 7:06 pm

Buran wrote:I'd like to get the superbrightleds switchbacks along with this flasher that will eliminate the need to install resistors. I don't want to tap into any more wiring than I already have (powering up the halos in the Spyder headlamps is it so far). That is, if I'm not stymied by the smart junction box. My web-digging is saying I might be, yet for some reason that site insists the flasher is compatible.


The site is wrong. A 2011 Escape has a SJB, and does not have a flasher. If you bought the flasher it would not solve the problem, as there is nowhere to plug it into a 2011.
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Re: Who has switchback front turn signals

Postby Buran - November 21st, 2016, 3:29 pm

That's what I was figuring as I continued digging. I'll probably pick up the vleds.com set as they offer inline resistors that don't require any splicing. This kit is probably my best bet.
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