Saddle bag lights don't work


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Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby Wouter2k » Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:37 pm



Hi guys,

I have bought a 1989 GL 1500 US model (imported into the Netherlands) but right after I bought it, the lights on the saddle on the right side didn't work anymore. The standard lights have an additional strip of lights which both and only on the right side, do not work anymore.

I have tried finding the fuses but couldn't and can't really see where the wires are going.

Any idea how to fix this or where to find the fuses? The schematics are driving me nuts!

Help is much appreciated! Thanx :)



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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:53 pm

Im not sure about your setup but my 96 did not have lights in the saddle bags I added them and thy go from the saddle bag to the lower rear lights. The are plugged in the the light harness under there and they dont have a fuse they just run off of the lower tail lights.If you look in your saddle bag you should see the wire coming from the lights going into the lower lights.Hope this helps if you could post a pic it would help trouble shoot it more.----Hal
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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby artgrantz » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:02 pm

My 1500 had saddlebag lights added. As HALBUDD said, they are not OEM and were connected just as he described. The wire that powered them got cut from the lower edge of the saddlebag lid rubbing it when opening and closing. I spliced it together and used plasting sheathing to protect the wires.

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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby Wouter2k » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:10 pm

Just so you know, I am a noob with the Goldwing and working on bikes in general. :?

The picture is a bit unclear but this is the view of the right side of the saddle bag. You can see the standard light and the additional strip. The cables come together and go into the rear (break) light compartment. I THINK the fuses are beneath the top case, but this seems a bit illogical.

The reason why I think it is a fuse is because the chance of 2 lights not working at the same time is smaller than a blown fuse.

If you want me to put some clearer pictures, please let me know.
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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby Wouter2k » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:11 pm

And one on the inside. Hope it's clear enough to see.
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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby Wouter2k » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:16 pm

As additional info, if it's not the fuses, I wonder what it could be as the light strip is not in the "door" of the saddle bag, it's underneath the door. Seen as the rear light works, it has to be after the rear light I assume, but what would be the best thing to do? Should I strip the cable inside the saddle bag and check for broken wires? Is there anything else is could be?

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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:37 pm

Groeten.

As mentioned it probably isn't a fuse. If it was your tail lights wouldn't work either. The saddlebag lights splice into the taillight harness. Remove the two short chrome pieces you find on the chrome strip on the lower corners. Behind each is a screw. Remove the screws and then carefully remove the lower corner plastic. You will find the wire connection here. Follow the wires into the saddlebag and look for a break. Repair as necessary, go riding.
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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:42 pm

You see that there is a small chrome clip that covers the screw slide the clip along the chrome strip (dont pry it off) just slide it forward the wires that you see going from the light strip goes in to the bottom of you rear lights there is a space in there where the plugin connectors are located. Check to see if they have become unplugged and also check with a meter that the wires to the lights are still good as they may be broken.-------------Hal sorry cbx posted the same as me as I was typing.
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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:12 pm

HALBUDD wrote:sorry cbx posted the same as me as I was typing.



That's okay. Great minds think alike. Wouter is sleeping right now anyway.
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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby Wouter2k » Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:57 am

Hahaha, was indeed asleep. Was beat from a tennis tournament I also had yesterday. :D

Your tips got me a bit further already so thank you already for that! And thanx for bearing with me. ;)

Found the clips and removed the panel as you can see in the attached image. The wires seem to be ok as they are soldered and covered with black tape. In the right top of the picture there are 2 screws, one of which (at the black wire) I have tightened, but that should not matter.

The semi black and white cables are for the lighting strips, the thick lack wire going through the bottom right panel is going into the saddle bag and its lighting.

Still nothing though....
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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby Wouter2k » Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:30 am

And then comes that EUREKA! moment....

After half an hour more tinkering, I got it to work! :D Tightened the screws a bit more, checked the cable clips and it all works again! Don't ask me how or why, but it works. Hehehe.

Thanx a million for pointing me in the right direction guys! Really appreciate your tips, time, knowledge and patience! :D

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Re: Saddle bag lights don't work

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:58 am

Alstublieft! Glad you got it fixed. Hope all your problems are that minor.


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