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turn signal wires

Post by Ravyn » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:28 am



I have a 1994 GL1500 SE
I've been searching around this forum using the search feature and so far haven't come up with anything .

Is there access to the turn signal wires in some other place other then in the top box at the turn signal lites? I need to run wires for a trailer down to the hitch and am looking for those turn signal wires someplace other then in the top box that would be easier for the sake of running those wires all the way down to the trailer hitch. I already have the seat off as I repositioned the dog bones and replaced them with large truck type spade fuses. Although the dog bones looked like they were brand new.
Thanks in advance :-)



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Re: turn signal wires

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:23 pm

Ravyn wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:28 am
I have a 1994 GL1500 SE
I've been searching around this forum using the search feature and so far haven't come up with anything .

Is there access to the turn signal wires in some other place other then in the top box at the turn signal lites? I need to run wires for a trailer down to the hitch and am looking for those turn signal wires someplace other then in the top box that would be easier for the sake of running those wires all the way down to the trailer hitch. I already have the seat off as I repositioned the dog bones and replaced them with large truck type spade fuses. Although the dog bones looked like they were brand new.
Thanks in advance :-)
Absolutely they are. Have a look at the first 5 steps here: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11395

This removes the trunk under cover. Once you remove that cover, all the turn and brake signal wires are exposed there. I would HIGHLY recommend you then install a trailer isolator. I used this one: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... ness/59647





For $26 you get the isolator that not only protects your bike's wiring system, but it has connectors on it that plug directly into those you'll find under that trunk, so you don't have to cut/splice any wires. You plug in those connectors, run that red wire to your battery positive terminal (it has a fuse already on it), and you now have powered, isolated turn and brake signal wires that you can run to your trailer connector.

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by terryt » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:53 pm

Just reading this post and I'm sure I haven't got one on my 1500 trike.
Looking at the one you recommend WingAdmin It looks like I cant get one in the UK. So will this one work I can get the plug connectors to make my own link wires for the wing loom and connect to this unit Thanks

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Towing-Bypas ... 1438.l2649

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by Ravyn » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:55 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Ravyn wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:28 am
I have a 1994 GL1500 SE
I've been searching around this forum using the search feature and so far haven't come up with anything .

Is there access to the turn signal wires in some other place other then in the top box at the turn signal lites? I need to run wires for a trailer down to the hitch and am looking for those turn signal wires someplace other then in the top box that would be easier for the sake of running those wires all the way down to the trailer hitch. I already have the seat off as I repositioned the dog bones and replaced them with large truck type spade fuses. Although the dog bones looked like they were brand new.
Thanks in advance :-)
Absolutely they are. Have a look at the first 5 steps here: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11395

This removes the trunk under cover. Once you remove that cover, all the turn and brake signal wires are exposed there. I would HIGHLY recommend you then install a trailer isolator. I used this one: http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_ ... ness/59647

DSCF0123.JPG

For $26 you get the isolator that not only protects your bike's wiring system, but it has connectors on it that plug directly into those you'll find under that trunk, so you don't have to cut/splice any wires. You plug in those connectors, run that red wire to your battery positive terminal (it has a fuse already on it), and you now have powered, isolated turn and brake signal wires that you can run to your trailer connector.
That looks like a nice isolator admin. Just one quick question if you don't mind. After you had the unit installed where did you run that black wire harness to get those wires down to the hitch.

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:18 pm

terryt wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:53 pm
Just reading this post and I'm sure I haven't got one on my 1500 trike.
Looking at the one you recommend WingAdmin It looks like I cant get one in the UK. So will this one work I can get the plug connectors to make my own link wires for the wing loom and connect to this unit Thanks

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Towing-Bypas ... 1438.l2649
The isolator I posted is at Cyclemax, and I know for a fact they ship worldwide, so yes you can get that one in the UK.

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:28 pm

Ravyn wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:55 pm
That looks like a nice isolator admin. Just one quick question if you don't mind. After you had the unit installed where did you run that black wire harness to get those wires down to the hitch.
When I installed it I tucked the isolator itself back under the trunk (you'll see there are cubbies near the center of the trunk underneath it where you can fit things like that box). The black loom contains all the wires that go to the trailer. I ran it down along the rear bag frame, zip-tied to the frame, underneath the left saddlebag, and it comes out right near the center fender, just to the right of the left-hand saddlebag.

You can see here where the wires come down are are terminated into a six-pin rectangular connector, which I have a weatherproof cover over:

Connector
Connector

That cover lives on the connector whenever the hitch is not installed.

Looking up inside the back of the bike, you can see I used a split loom and wrapped it around the wires to protect them from road debris that might be thrown up by the tire, and that is zip-tied to the saddlebag frame:

Loom going up into bike
Loom going up into bike

The hitch itself has the other half of the connector that plugs into the connector on the bike, and then it has the round connector mounted to it that the trailer plugs into:

Ball hitch
Ball hitch


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Re: turn signal wires

Post by Ravyn » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:02 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:28 pm
Ravyn wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:55 pm
That looks like a nice isolator admin. Just one quick question if you don't mind. After you had the unit installed where did you run that black wire harness to get those wires down to the hitch.
When I installed it I tucked the isolator itself back under the trunk (you'll see there are cubbies near the center of the trunk underneath it where you can fit things like that box). The black loom contains all the wires that go to the trailer. I ran it down along the rear bag frame, zip-tied to the frame, underneath the left saddlebag, and it comes out right near the center fender, just to the right of the left-hand saddlebag.

You can see here where the wires come down are are terminated into a six-pin rectangular connector, which I have a weatherproof cover over:

2018-02-07 19.21.08.jpg

That cover lives on the connector whenever the hitch is not installed.

Looking up inside the back of the bike, you can see I used a split loom and wrapped it around the wires to protect them from road debris that might be thrown up by the tire, and that is zip-tied to the saddlebag frame:

2018-02-07 19.21.23.jpg

The hitch itself has the other half of the connector that plugs into the connector on the bike, and then it has the round connector mounted to it that the trailer plugs into:

2018-02-07 19.22.01.jpg
Thanks for posting this admin. I was just wondering where you routed those wires. I have the same six pin connector as you but it does not feed into a round one. My kwik kamp has the square connector as does my GL1800.

Thanks again. :-)

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by terryt » Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:23 am

WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:18 pm
terryt wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:53 pm
Just reading this post and I'm sure I haven't got one on my 1500 trike.
Looking at the one you recommend WingAdmin It looks like I cant get one in the UK. So will this one work I can get the plug connectors to make my own link wires for the wing loom and connect to this unit Thanks

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Towing-Bypas ... 1438.l2649
The isolator I posted is at Cyclemax, and I know for a fact they ship worldwide, so yes you can get that one in the UK.
Thanks. yes i know i can get one shipped over but the postage and our customs tax nearly doubles the cost.

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by Ravyn » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:45 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:28 pm
Ravyn wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:55 pm
That looks like a nice isolator admin. Just one quick question if you don't mind. After you had the unit installed where did you run that black wire harness to get those wires down to the hitch.
When I installed it I tucked the isolator itself back under the trunk (you'll see there are cubbies near the center of the trunk underneath it where you can fit things like that box). The black loom contains all the wires that go to the trailer. I ran it down along the rear bag frame, zip-tied to the frame, underneath the left saddlebag, and it comes out right near the center fender, just to the right of the left-hand saddlebag.

You can see here where the wires come down are are terminated into a six-pin rectangular connector, which I have a weatherproof cover over:

Hey Mr. wingadmin :-) I received the trailer lite isolator today. Looks like a nice unit. Just a couple of questions if you don't mind. It says something about an "optional accessory wire" ? Is that the red wire with the fuse in it? I do not see any extra wires other then that one and if so does optional mean it does not have to be used? And if I use it can I hook it up to a switched 12v power source? I don't see why not. ??

Thanks in advance.......that means you have to answer me.... hahaha :-)

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:40 pm

Ravyn wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:45 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:28 pm
Ravyn wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:55 pm
That looks like a nice isolator admin. Just one quick question if you don't mind. After you had the unit installed where did you run that black wire harness to get those wires down to the hitch.
When I installed it I tucked the isolator itself back under the trunk (you'll see there are cubbies near the center of the trunk underneath it where you can fit things like that box). The black loom contains all the wires that go to the trailer. I ran it down along the rear bag frame, zip-tied to the frame, underneath the left saddlebag, and it comes out right near the center fender, just to the right of the left-hand saddlebag.

You can see here where the wires come down are are terminated into a six-pin rectangular connector, which I have a weatherproof cover over:

Hey Mr. wingadmin :-) I received the trailer lite isolator today. Looks like a nice unit. Just a couple of questions if you don't mind. It says something about an "optional accessory wire" ? Is that the red wire with the fuse in it? I do not see any extra wires other then that one and if so does optional mean it does not have to be used? And if I use it can I hook it up to a switched 12v power source? I don't see why not. ??

Thanks in advance.......that means you have to answer me.... hahaha :-)
The red wire with the fuse is the one you run to the battery, it's what powers everything in the trailer. All the lights, turn signals, brake lights etc. in the trailer are powered through that wire.

The optional accessory wire on mine was a switched +12v wire that could be used for anything - powering a cooler, battery charger, etc. in the trailer.

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Re: turn signal wires

Post by Ravyn » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:57 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:40 pm
Ravyn wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:45 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:28 pm


When I installed it I tucked the isolator itself back under the trunk (you'll see there are cubbies near the center of the trunk underneath it where you can fit things like that box). The black loom contains all the wires that go to the trailer. I ran it down along the rear bag frame, zip-tied to the frame, underneath the left saddlebag, and it comes out right near the center fender, just to the right of the left-hand saddlebag.

You can see here where the wires come down are are terminated into a six-pin rectangular connector, which I have a weatherproof cover over:

Hey Mr. wingadmin :-) I received the trailer lite isolator today. Looks like a nice unit. Just a couple of questions if you don't mind. It says something about an "optional accessory wire" ? Is that the red wire with the fuse in it? I do not see any extra wires other then that one and if so does optional mean it does not have to be used? And if I use it can I hook it up to a switched 12v power source? I don't see why not. ??

Thanks in advance.......that means you have to answer me.... hahaha :-)


The red wire with the fuse is the one you run to the battery, it's what powers everything in the trailer. All the lights, turn signals, brake lights etc. in the trailer are powered through that wire.

The optional accessory wire on mine was a switched +12v wire that could be used for anything - powering a cooler, battery charger, etc. in the trailer.
Ok, thanks admin. Yes I do know the long red fused wire is the power to the unit and I am going to connect that to a switched 12v source. I do not have an extra wire. The wires in the long black harness are just enough to connect to the trailer plug.
green=ground
yellow =brake
brown=tail lite
orange=left turn
blue=right turn
long red=power

That's all there is. No extra wire. But it says, "Remove the seat if optional accessory wire is used"



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