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help with wiring brakelights

Good Morning all,

I bought a set of hardbags on EBay. I have just fabricated the mounts and am getting ready to connect the brakelights...... problem is, I have no idea where to make the connection.

I am pretty good mechanically but not so much electrically

the bags have two wires coming from the light, a green and a brown(tan)

could someone please give me some info as to the best place to tie in? and which wire to tie into?

bike is a 2004 vn750

thanks
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Good Morning all,

I bought a set of hardbags on EBay. I have just fabricated the mounts and am getting ready to connect the brakelights...... problem is, I have no idea where to make the connection.

I am pretty good mechanically but not so much electrically

the bags have two wires coming from the light, a green and a brown(tan)

could someone please give me some info as to the best place to tie in? and which wire to tie into?

bike is a 2004 vn750

thanks
Stan

Have you relocated your turn signals or they in the stock position? you can use the bag lights as turn signals if the hard bags get in the way of the stock ones.

To wire for brake lights: Under your seat you will see a small wire harness (about the size of a pencil) on top of the fender that comes from the rear (tail/brake and tag lamp).

Inside the plastic sheath are three wires: Black/Yellow (ground) Red (Tail lamp) and Blue (brake lamp). Connect your Green wire to the Black/yellow and your Brown wire to the Blue.


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thanks...how would I wire for tail lamps?

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new tires (OEM Stones) 6/2008
home made floorboards (knifemakers styling)
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thanks...how would I wire for tail lamps?
Your bag lamps are single filament 1156 base 2-wire. you can do 1 ONLY!!TURN, STOP, OR TAIL. To wire for tail lamp: Green wire to Black/Yellow and Brown wire to Red.


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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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Are the lights in your new bags led? Just for curiosity sake. I wired mine as break lights. I wanted people to know I was stopping more than turning. You might be able to replace the electrical portion to a set up that was both stop/turn. But that might be more work than you really want to get into.
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If you plan on using them for running lamps, you will have to change bulbs. The bulbs for turn and brake use more amps than the running light bulbs. I don't know the bulb number.

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Just to be clear (since I've got some lighting mods in the pipe): To wire a rear running light, Ground to the black/yellow and hot wire to the red.

To wire a brake light, hot to the blue.

Is that right?
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Just to be clear (since I've got some lighting mods in the pipe): To wire a rear running light, Ground to the black/yellow and hot wire to the red.

To wire a brake light, hot to the blue.

Is that right?
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REBUILT ENGINE
CUSTOM PAINT
VANCE & HINES CRUZERS
EAR SHAVED AND RE-JETTED W/K&N'S
DUNLOP ELITE K591 FRONT & REAR
VOLTMETER
SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
BARNETT FRICTION PLATES & SPRINGS
CUSTOM GRIPS, MIRRORS, LEVERS
ORIGINAL STATOR & R/R 14.5v
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thanks everyone. they are LED's.... I think I'll stick to the brake light plan

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new tires (OEM Stones) 6/2008
home made floorboards (knifemakers styling)
stator replaced 6/2008
cobra slashcuts 7/2007
clear alternatives brake & tailight 8/2008
Added Mutazu hard bags 3/2009
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If you plan on using them for running lamps, you will have to change bulbs. The bulbs for turn and brake use more amps than the running light bulbs. I don't know the bulb number.
The front signal/running light bulb is #1034 on my bike.
The rear signal bulb is #1073.

Clymer specs for bulbs is 8 watts for running lights, and 23 watts for brake and signal lights.

Good luck with the lighting mods.

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