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Saddlebag lights

Postby GrimReaper86 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:18 pm



On a 86 Aspy, do the red lights in the saddlebags also function as brake lights? I replaced the bulbs in the trunk and noticed the lights in the bags come on as tail lights, but not as brake lights. Is this correct?



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Re: Saddlebag lights

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:39 pm

GrimReaper86 wrote:On a 86 Aspy, do the red lights in the saddlebags also function as brake lights? I replaced the bulbs in the trunk and noticed the lights in the bags come on as tail lights, but not as brake lights. Is this correct?


if you remove your saddlebag bulbs and they have only 1 element, they are only running lights. they should be 1156 bulbs. the double element bulbs are 1157's, they work as tail and stop lamps.

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Re: Saddlebag lights

Postby GrimReaper86 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:56 pm

Pulled the lights. They are 1157s. Even swapped with known good bulbs. But I'm not getting volts on the second circuit. I've tried reading at the schematic, but I can't make heads or tails out of it.

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Re: Saddlebag lights

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:01 pm

lol, don't feel bad, I HATE doing electrical work :evil: I cant read a schematic either :?. its possible you could have a bad ground, the socket itself could be bad or corroded or a wire is off somewhere along the line. can you reach behind the socket and push or pull (gently) on the wire? sometimes that works to get the wire to move just enough to make contact with the bulb. I have to do that sometimes to my bumper light wires to get the bulbs to light up. when I first got my bumper, none of the bulbs worked, I had to remove all the bulbs, use some emery cloth on the ends, and inside the socket to get them,(the contacts), clean so they would work, it took some time, but I get them all working again. I would try that first.
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Re: Saddlebag lights

Postby GrimReaper86 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:40 pm

Been out of town, so I had to delay work on the lights. However, I've finally got all of them working. Apparently, they are like Christmas tree lights. One goes out, they all go out. But, now I have the LEDs in the back, I have the notorious warning light on. I've read the threads about putting tape over it or removing the bulb, but I was wondering: Since I was thinking of adding driving lights, would it be OK to wire them into the tail light circuit? Maybe the power draw from driving lights would be enough to turn the light off, and I would be adding lights from the power saved with the LEDs? Any thoughts would be helpful....

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Re: Saddlebag lights

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:06 pm

GrimReaper86 wrote:Been out of town, so I had to delay work on the lights. However, I've finally got all of them working. Apparently, they are like Christmas tree lights. One goes out, they all go out. But, now I have the LEDs in the back, I have the notorious warning light on. I've read the threads about putting tape over it or removing the bulb, but I was wondering: Since I was thinking of adding driving lights, would it be OK to wire them into the tail light circuit? Maybe the power draw from driving lights would be enough to turn the light off, and I would be adding lights from the power saved with the LEDs? Any thoughts would be helpful....


That would likely work, just be sure the driving lights plus the LEDs don't exceed the original power drawn by the incandescent tail lights. Halogen driving lights would draw far too much for the existing wiring. LED driving lights would probably work really well.




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