Motorcycle Turn Signal System

Parts List:R1 = 10K, 1/2WC1 = 0.1uF/50V, ceramicR2 = 220C2 = 47uF/25V, electrolytic R3 = 250KD1,D2 = 1N4005Q1 = IRFZ44 MOSFETLed1 = High Brightness, color of your choiceU1 = MC14049 CMOSIf you wish to purchase a KIT, please Click Here: 

[Motorcycle Turn Signal KIT]

This circuit is based on the CMOS IC from Motorola, the MC14049UB Hex Inverting Buffer.Of course, the regular CD4049 can be used and is pin-for-pin compatible.The 4049 is a 16-pin chip.Maximum DC supply voltage should not exceed 18V.The above diagram can replace your existing mechanical clicker.The prototype worked excellently!

When the turn-signal system is first turned on, either diode D1 or D2 blocks current from going to both lamps at the same time.

U1-a and U1-b control the signal duration, which timing is set with the electrolytic capacitor C2 (47uF) and R3.Turn-signal duration can be adjusted with the 200K trimmer pot R3. This signal is then fed, via the U1-c buffer to MOSFET transistor Q1, which in turn provides enough power for driving the turn signal lamps.The other buffers drive the ’Indicator’ Led1.Buffers U1-e and U1-f can drive 3.2mA each so three are needed.Current through the Led1 is limited with R2, 220 ohm.

MOSFET transistor Q1 can be substituted for many types, it is not critical.I used the IRF513 because I had it available at the time.The NTE66 is a direct replacement and works great too.I experimented with other types (IRF511, IRF512, IRFZ42, IRFZ44 etc) and they all worked satisfactory.The prototype uses the IRFZ44 and functions excellently.

For trimmer pot R3, if you don’t have 200K, use 250K or 300K.They will all work but the excess resistance is a bit overkill.The 200K is more than enough.C1 can be any type as long as the working voltage is 50V or more.Foil types work very well but a ceramic model can be used also.

Switch S1 is your existing turn-signal switch.You can simply take the old mechanical unit out and replace it with this electronic version.

The Printed Circuit Board and Lay-out are listed below.Note that the pcb is *NOT* included in the kit.Parts only.

PCB (C) Tony van Roon
Lay out (C) Tony van Roon

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