Where is MY flasher relay?

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I recently purchased a '77 XS650D and have swapped out the stock turn signals for some LED ones. Just picked up the appropriate flasher relay and I'm looking for the stock flasher relay and have searched the posts. One indicated that the relay is below the battery box. The attached (probably useless) pic is of the octopus of wires below my battery box, where sits a rectangular electrical thingy approximately 3" x 2" x .5" thick. Is this it? Have not yet removed the gas tank, but was expecting to see a cylindrical relay like in cars. Thanks.

PS. just looked at the pic, and the corner of the rectangular assembly is just visible at the bottom center of the useless pic, just to the left of the frame tube.
 

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Your flasher relay is most likely under your tank on the right hand side of the bike as you sit on it. Its next to the coil, at least thats where my relay was on my 81.
 
I recently purchased a '77 XS650D and have swapped out the stock turn signals for some LED ones. Just picked up the appropriate flasher relay and I'm looking for the stock flasher relay and have searched the posts. One indicated that the relay is below the battery box. The attached (probably useless) pic is of the octopus of wires below my battery box, where sits a rectangular electrical thingy approximately 3" x 2" x .5" thick. Is this it? Have not yet removed the gas tank, but was expecting to see a cylindrical relay like in cars. Thanks.

PS. just looked at the pic, and the corner of the rectangular assembly is just visible at the bottom center of the useless pic, just to the left of the frame tube.

Remove the gas tank and take a look...................you'll see it.
 
Thanks for the quick response guys. I'll take a look. I'd be much relieved if so as that under battery area looks hard to access. Thanks again.
 
On the 77 it uses a separate regulator and rectifier. The reg is mounted to the left side of the battery box. The rec is located on the bottom of the battery box.
As mentioned the flasher relay is under the tank.
Leo
 
Done! Easy peasy using the superbrightleds.com LF1-S-FLAT Universal Flat Motorcycle Flasher, $11.94 delivered. Had to cut the connector off of the new flasher and put on two blade connectors. Have boxes of electrical connectors left over from the cobra build (harbor freight is your friend).

Thanks again guys and thanks XSLeo for explaining about the whereabouts of the regulator and the rectifier.
 

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On the LF1-S-Flat flasher you don't have to cut off the connector. The wires can be unplugged from the plastic holder then they just plug into the flasher socket.
Leo
 
On the LF1-S-Flat flasher you don't have to cut off the connector. The wires can be unplugged from the plastic holder then they just plug into the flasher socket.
Leo

You are correct again. It seemed like an awfully hard pull so i switched to the cut wire/install blade connectors+heat shrink. After seeing your post I went back to the flat connector and with a mighty tug the prongs did come out. No biggee, 15 minutes of extra effort.

Went out for my first ride today, for about 20 some odd miles up to the Yamaha shop and over to a local reservoir. It really is like going back in time. 60 miles an hour in 5th on the XS650 is more dramatic than the same speed in 1st or 2nd on the R1. Quite fun!
 

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If you look at the flat blade after you pull it out you will see a lock. If you slide a wire, I use a straightened paper clip, down between the blade and the holder it releases the lock and the blade slides right out.
Leo
 
Just got an email from this message board and was curious, because I sold my XS650 about 6 years ago, so I clicked on the link. Read the first post and thought to myself "you idiot-just remove the tank and look for it before you bother all these people". As I read down the thread, it dawned on me that I was the original poster (10 years ago)! Funny.

PS. I sold the 650 because I bought a '17 CRF250l dual sport new, and was out riding with a friend using both of my bikes. When I got off the 300 and on to the 650, it felt like a POS. I decided at that moment "I'm done with vintage!" Sold the 650, sold my '99R1, sold my Factory 5 AC Cobra replica. Bought a Porsche Cayman S and a Triumph Speed Twin (1200). The latter is everything one would want the XS650 to be, times 5. It is so much superior in every way, except for not affording the opportunity to break out the wrenches and work on it (because nothing EVER goes wrong with it). Change the oil once a year, clean and oil the chain once in a blue moon.

YMMV. Peace out.
 
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