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Im looking for some good ideas on what to do with me rear tail lights..The black plastic is cracked now do to my saddle bag falling off and hitting it..So I can now just buy a new black ugly frame or do something new...I need some advice,picts ideas,,,,etc..
these are discontinued but would like something like them..
 

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I have the mbw rear led strip that goes right below the fender then use a side mount plate. It cleans up the back nicely and makes a 200 back tire easier to fit.
 

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Love my LEDs, super bright amber. Had to make my own bracket. Put them on the front also.
 

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wiring question

before I go ahead and remove the plastic frame,can someone tell me how those rr turn signals are tied together..are they plugged into a union or something under there?
 

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before I go ahead and remove the plastic frame,can someone tell me how those rr turn signals are tied together..are they plugged into a union or something under there?
The rear fender should come off to get to the plastic housing for easy access. It can be done without fender removal, but is a PITA. The connectors for the turns and tail/brake are under there. If you add aftermarket turns, you will most likely have to cut the connectors from the original turns and splice them onto the new lights or just strip the insulation from the harness above the plastic connector and splice in there. I would cut the connectors off and solder them onto the new lights and cover the splice with heat shrink tubing.
 

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The rear fender should come off to get to the plastic housing for easy access. It can be done without fender removal, but is a PITA. The connectors for the turns and tail/brake are under there. If you add aftermarket turns, you will most likely have to cut the connectors from the original turns and splice them onto the new lights or just strip the insulation from the harness above the plastic connector and splice in there. I would cut the connectors off and solder them onto the new lights and cover the splice with heat shrink tubing.
I Hate to remove the fender if I dont have to..Whats gonna happen when I remove that plastic cover? wires going to come shooting alll over the place?
 

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They plug in via connectors. Unsnap and you're good to go.

I also use the MBW lights. Provides a cleaner rear end which looks much sharper.

http://www.mbwmotorcycle.com/products/meanstreak.html
+1... I use these as well. Get them from eFlay as they discount them to $199. I've been in contact with them because they are developing some front blinkers as well and should be selling them this month sometime.
 

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+1... I use these as well. Get them from eFlay as they discount them to $199. I've been in contact with them because they are developing some front blinkers as well and should be selling them this month sometime.
That's something I may be interested in also. Have they announced it yet or are they waiting til it's released?
 

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I Hate to remove the fender if I dont have to..Whats gonna happen when I remove that plastic cover? wires going to come shooting alll over the place?
No, there are only a few. IMO, it's really not difficult to work on them with fender still on. Yes, it's a breeze with it off, but I just put a mirror on the tire and went at it, though, I did have to lay down and look up a few times.

If you want to get done quickly, remove the fender, which isn't difficult either.
 

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How it all looks.
1) Run/brake light goes through the grommet to the tail light.
2) 2 wires for the turn signals.
3) Not shown in these but wire for the plate light.

Page 473 of the service manual has the wire colors.


 

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And I second the notion that you remove the fender. Unplug the harness under the seat where it goes through the rear fender. Then undo the fender strut bolts. You can then set the fender in your lap upside down while you do your wiring. You need to solder and heatshrink the connection points. This is a very rough location for wires to live due to the vibration and water. I wouldn't want to do all that upside down. Also put the plastic portion back on when finished, it prevents the wires from sagging and getting chewn up or worn through by your tire. Also, the bolts for it are different sizes front/rear. You WILL dent your fender if you put the longer bolts back in the wrong location.
 

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How it all looks.
1) Run/brake light goes through the grommet to the tail light.
2) 2 wires for the turn signals.
3) Not shown in these but wire for the plate light.

Page 473 of the service manual has the wire colors.


HEY THANKS! tHAT TELLS IT ALL..LOL
 

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so basically there are only 4 bolts holding the fender on?..
 

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That's something I may be interested in also. Have they announced it yet or are they waiting til it's released?
They haven't announced or released it yet. Supposedly they were going to send me a prototype to see what I thought, but they haven't sent one yet.

If it's anything like the rear, it'll be SWEET.
 

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And I second the notion that you remove the fender. Unplug the harness under the seat where it goes through the rear fender. Then undo the fender strut bolts. You can then set the fender in your lap upside down while you do your wiring. You need to solder and heatshrink the connection points. This is a very rough location for wires to live due to the vibration and water. I wouldn't want to do all that upside down. Also put the plastic portion back on when finished, it prevents the wires from sagging and getting chewn up or worn through by your tire. Also, the bolts for it are different sizes front/rear. You WILL dent your fender if you put the longer bolts back in the wrong location.
+1... it takes only a few minutes to remove the fender. The LED ones that we've been talking about have their own wire harness, so there's no soldering or wiring involved. Plug and play can't get any easier than that... It makes the installation go really fast and simple. it also gave me the opportunity to clean the hell out of the inside fender!
 

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When I got them from custom dynamics they didn't come with connectors and they're made by the same company. That was about 3 years ago though, I guess they've improved on the design.
 

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Sucesss! Thanks guys for the help. One thing I must add for the next guy. REMOVE the FENDER like rthey say! Such a PITA if you don't.
 

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Sucesss! Thanks guys for the help. One thing I must add for the next guy. REMOVE the FENDER like rthey say! Such a PITA if you don't.

Hmmm, I honestly don't recall having that much difficulty when doing mine. Then again, the memory fades with age.
 
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