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brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:34 am



Bought a new clutch/brake lever kits last year. Finally got around to installing them with the clutch lever going on easily but I tried to install the brake lever and the post was too large to go through the pivot hole, so I put the old one back on. Now my brake lights stay on. I have shot up the switches with WD40 to see if it was a sticking switch and you can hear them click when depressed but they will not go off. I have pulled the brake lever back and manually depressed both switches but the lights stay on.

I have also just had the bike triked and they were working fine when I picked up the bike a few weeks ago.

Any suggestions?



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Re: brake lights

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:55 am

Brake lights are operated by a relay...Both brake light switched operate the relay.Unhook both switches...the light should go off.
Unplug the relay...brake light should go off.

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Re: brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:57 am

I'll try that tonight...thanks.

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Re: brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:36 am

Is there a how to article on where the relay is located. The switches I can get to.

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Re: brake lights

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:53 am

Yea..the 2 brake switches ....as they are operated,they connect the green/yellow wire to the white green...the white/green has 12 volts with the key on...operate either switch and volts show up on the green/yellow wire...That wire feeds the stop light relay to make it click on (turning on the lamps).

If the green/yellow wire has no volts,pull the relay...It's contacts may be stuck...

Gl1800 2001-2005 Service manual page 23-13 in the download section.

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Re: brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:45 am

Unfortunately I'm riding a 1500 Aspencade. I did find infor on the switches but I'm still looking for where the relay is located.

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Re: brake lights

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:00 am

My bad.I looked at the avatar info.I was not aware that it was a 1500.Ill get those details.what year is it?

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Re: brake lights

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:16 am

You want to have a look at Relay 2, the stop light relay, in the relay box next to the fuse box, on the left side of the bike:

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Re: brake lights

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:22 am

That's the info.color coding is the same too.
Whoda thunk. :D

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Re: brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:23 am

1994 Aspencade trike.

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Re: brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:19 am

Newest update on my brake light situation:

When I turn on the ignition key the brake lights on the trike will flash once as intended and then I have no brake lights. Or when I turn on the ignition key the lights will come on as intended and I will have the brake lights once. Pull the brake lever and it flashes and then no more.

I pulled the plugs on the brake lever switch, cleaned and reinstalled. I replaced the stop light relay switch. (What a pain getting the cover off with the trike kit installed).

Nothing has changed.

Brake switch maybe?

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Re: brake lights

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:04 am

.I thought I read that the brake lights stay on.
Now you say that they flash once as intended.?
I'm confused.
OEM wiring does not flash the brake lamps.
Has this had a brake light flasher installed?
Also,with the key on,every time you operate the brake you should hear the brake light relay click.

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Re: brake lights

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:39 am

Does you bike/trike have a wig wag type deal installed on the brake lights ? If so, sounds like it has gone bad, or maybe a ground to it has broke ? Did you recently change to LEDs for the brakes ? The wig wag tail light set ups do not like LEDs if I under stand right.
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Re: brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:17 am

Sorry for the confusion. Went riding with the gang yesterday and had one of them follow me. The brakes do have a flasher kit installed "Wig Wag?". When you first turn on the ignition the brakes flash once and then stay on, both on the trike kit and the lights on the original trunk. Or when you turn on the ignition the lights come on and you engage the brakes once and they stay on from then on until you turn the ignition off.

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Re: brake lights

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:30 am

Some flasher kits are called wig wag lights because of the way the lights flash side to side before turning on solid. . . . .
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Re: brake lights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:23 pm

It sounds like someone has wired the brake flasher wrong - hooked it up to the running light circuit instead of the brake light circuit.

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Re: brake lights

Postby tvanvran » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:54 pm

That actually makes sense. I just had it triked and hasn't worked correctly since and all the symptoms are there. I am going to take it to the dealer that did the conversion Wednesday and have them look at it along with some other issues.

I'll let you know once I find something out in case someone else has the same issue.

Thanks for now!




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