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How To: Make Your Own Low Wattage Blinkers
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JWB
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ordered a relay off your link. thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to be of service.

Looking back on this thread, the 6 volt electrical system in the Beluga is a pretty weak system. Even if your blinkers do blink okay, using lower wattage ones is not a bad idea but it frees up a bit of juice so you can say have the brakelight on or the horn at the same time as your blinkers.

More valuable though would be to lower the wattage of lights that are always on like your taillight or headlight. This would free up valuable juice to charge your battery.
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JWB
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, I had a 6v puch and repaired the stator ( burnt wire) and thought the 12v stator can't be that different. Why would you design and spec a 6v as late as 1980's? I am sure a retro changeover would solve a lot problems. My headlight sucks so bad. It would be great to have a new entire bulb with proper focal point. Oh well, I'll never do a charging system change out. Pisses me of when a Rukus goes by and they have terrific lighting. But I do appreciate the funkyness of my Riva. Not another one around here and it runs good.

Hey, were in the bike is the flasher relay?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The flasher relay is in the 'butt' of the scooter. Pop the side panels off and you'll see it behind the seat under where the panels go. The stock one is kinda big.

Yeah the Ruckus does have sweet lighting. The Ruckus alternator is rated at 190 watts at 8000 RPM and the Beluga's is rated at 48 watts of lame 6 volt power. It's unreal that Yamaha sold a 6 volt vehicle as late as '87. I wonder if the '88 - '91 Yamaha SnoScoot (mini-snowmobile) also was 6 volt because it used the same core engine.
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oneelvis
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

in regards to earlier parts of this thread, yes...6v L.E.D.s are available
http://www.superbrightleds.com/other_bulbs.htm they're a bit pricey. these can be used in your sigs aswell but you need to wire in a 'dumby' bulb in order to get the flasher hot enough to activate. on the U.S. version of the cv80 thiugh L.E.D.s wont be so effective because they're directional. meaning that the "U.S." sigs point to the sides rather than back. the Euro an Jap tail lights are much better suited for L.E.D.s.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

as far as your cigar lighter...if you wire it in with a resistor BEFORE the voltage regulator you should be able to get it hot enough to burn. the magneto actually puts out more than 6 volts. depending on engine speed it will vary roughly 9 to 14 pllus volts. if i recall when i messured mine at an idle it was around 9 to 11 volts. by reving it i got close to 15v. the regulator. on mine, the regulator is a one wire finned gismo behind the knee panel. its goal is to absorb the voltage 'shock' of the the charging system and disipate it as heat. if you follow the wiring and using a dvom trace back to where its getting its juice, you could plausibly, tap in and draw off that current. in effect your simply wiring in another regulator by taking voltage and turning it into heat. bear in mind that in so doing, each time you use it you would likely depleat all availeable power for all your accessories. you should be able to find the right resistor to keep it from spiking over 12 volts and catch on fire at your local electronics store. down here we have radio shack. but most of those monkeys dont know thier asses from thier elbos.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info on where the flasher is.

Are your beluga's smokey? I have no knowledge on how to adjust oil flow, but mine sometimes is like batmobile smokey
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When my beluga was stock, it would only smoke for a minute or so after startup. Yours could be smoking because it's getting too much oil, because it's burning poorly (i.e. old spark plug) or it could just be crud in your exhaust. When I first got my Beluga running after sitting for a decade it smoked like a chimney the first few times I rode it.

I would try a new sparkplug first. You can adjust the oil injection but obviously you need to be very careful. Your cable may simple be too tight so it's opening the oil injection further than normal. You could also try a different oil. Try a 'smokeless' oil. They aren't really smokeless so much as they 'smoke less'.
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