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What is the model # or size of the rear turn signal bulb for VN 800A? One of my rear signals isn't working and figure its the bulb but can't find a number on the one I pulled or one like it at the auto part store. The service manual wasn't all that clear.

**I found one on ebay I hope will work. It is 12V 23/8 W

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In my repair manual the bulb is listed as 12V 21W. The 12V 23/8W is for the front turn signals.

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the rear turn signal bulb housing only have 1 contact prong, meaning if you put in a 23w/8w bulb (which has 2 contact prongs), it will not work

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video youtube on 1156 and 1157 difference


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You can refer to BA15S which is the same 1156.
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I must have modded tail lights then because its definitely not the 1157 or 1156. The ones I ordered should be here in a few days so hopefully they will work.
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I must have modded tail lights then because its definitely not the 1157 or 1156. The ones I ordered should be here in a few days so hopefully they will work.
1156 is the size the dealer said is right for the rear of my 05 800B, yours should be the same if stock. You have pic of the light housing? How about the bulb?

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Wait a minute... Im confused.

So the rear turn signals on the Vulcan 800s don't act as running lights, but the front turn signals do? That seems really weird to me. The whole point of using a duel filament bulb is so that the lights will run constantly at a certain level of brightness, but then be able to run at a higher intensity when a switch is activated. Why would they intentionally install running lights on the front and not the rear? Are you sure you guys aren't getting the front and rear signals mixed up.
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Nope all cycle have the front turn signals on all the time and the rear on only to signal a turn.
I believe its a law that you cant have amber lights on the rear of vehicles.

But you can mod the rear turn signals to be red always on running lights.


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1156 is the size the dealer said is right for the rear of my 05 800B, yours should be the same if stock. You have pic of the light housing? How about the bulb?

Here is the bulbs I bought for my rear signals:
12 Volt 23/8 Watt 12 V 23/8 W Replacement Bulb for BULLET STYLE LIGHTS 2FastMoto | eBay

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