gl1200 trailer lights


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deputyb
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gl1200 trailer lights

Postby deputyb » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:07 pm



I have searched the forums but cannot find the exact answer to my question. I am getting ready to add wiring for a trailer to be towed behind my 86 Aspencade. I see where it is advised to use an isolator ($80 or so) to keep the extra load off the fused circuits on the bike. I also see where LED lights will negate the need for an isolator. my Question is, can I use non led lights (sockets) with the LED replacement bulbs for the incandescent bulbs with out the isolator. Trying to keep costs down and new LED lights I found seem to be pretty pricey. anyone using LED bulbs in incandescent sockets with out an isolator? Is an isolator basically a series of relays that close when the brakes/taillight/turnsignals are applied? thanks guys! deputyb



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Re: gl1200 trailer lights

Postby dingdong » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:52 am

Yes, you can use LED bulbs in the old sockets. You don't need to change the entire fixture. If that is what you are asking. I have done that with mine without an isolator for years and thousands of miles. The low current draw with LEDs will allow you to operate without the isolator if you choose to.
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deputyb
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Re: gl1200 trailer lights

Postby deputyb » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:47 am

Thanks dingdong, that is what I hoped for, to hear from someone who has actually done it. I appreciate the help. deputyb

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Re: gl1200 trailer lights

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:04 am

I have LEDs on my trailer, but I still use an isolator. Not because of the load involved, but to protect my bike's expensive wiring. Finding a burned wire somewhere buried in the miles of wire in the wiring harness is not my idea of fun. Replacing a fuse connected to an isolator is much easier and simple. The isolator I used came from Cyclemax: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... ness/59647 and was cheaper ($26) than if I built it myself. It's basically just a box of relays and a fuse - this one is for the 1500, but you could adapt it to any bike (or car even) just by cutting the connectors off and wiring it in yourself.




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