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Trailer lights problems

Postby nicvis » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:15 am



I have a 2000 - 1500 SE and pull a small trailer with LED lighting. When in the sunlight the LED's are almost invisible so I changed to incadescent which are slightly better in the bright sunlight. I'm thinking I don't have enough juice for all the bike lights and now trailer lights. Can you change diodes in alternator for more power output or is going with a higher output alternator the answer. Thanks



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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:34 am

Welcome to the forum Nicvis. Nice to see another ALbertan here and with the same year of bike as mine too. Hopefully our roads will cross some day.

I'm no alternator expert so can't answer the diode question directly. I'm thinking not but .....

You could look at the Compufire alternator or maybe change some of the auxiliary lighting on the bike to free up some juice.

Do you have a lot of extra electrical load on the bike itself??? Find it odd that you are having issues just with adding trailer lights. The stock alternator should be able to handle that unless you are running a lot of extra stuff on the bike. Are you finding that your battery is going dead?
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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby ka4yqi » Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:32 pm

cbx4evr is right, changing the diodes in the alternator is not going to do the trick for you. the upgrading in the rotor and field wiring do this. So in order to do what you need is to upgrade the alternator. Compufire would do the trick, but seems with it you need to upgrade the battery to a AGM type. Ken Hemming also upgrades alternators, rebuilts, ETC,
http://myplace.frontier.com/~hemi-roid/ is his web site. I have not use his services but several have and seem to like what he does. There seems to be several places now that have upgrade amp wise for the 1500 goldwing. The old 89 wing I had, the PO wired the lower saddlebag side and rear lights where he could turned the off when he pulled the trailer.

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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby heidebill » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:02 pm

Welcome to the Forum, I end up in Rocky once in a while,
I built a trailer and use LED Tail lights on it, Never check how bright they are in the day time, My trailer is narrow enough that the following driver can see my Bike lights,
See you on the road
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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:41 pm

You need to revisit the LED's you were using on your trailer. I have a set of LED units meant for trailers mounted on the back of my 1100 as brake lights, and they are FAR brighter than the regular brake lights.

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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby vtxcandyred » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:00 pm

I agree with admin. The LED's are far and away brighter than the conventional bulbs. I have a 93SE with a ton of added lights and pull a trailer and they are as bright as the lights in my cars.

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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby nicvis » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:07 pm

Thanks All. It sounds like I may have the wrong style/output of LED's. I will check into that.

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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby wingpilot08 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:44 am

Another question is do you have the circuit isolation wiring to the trailer. This provides direct 12v to the lighting of the trailer from the battery and uses relays for the turn signals and brake lights. Also protects your wiring on the Wing. By usig the ckt isolation, the light will be MUCH brighter since they are getting a full 12 v.

Here is anexample of the setup:

http://www.goldwingcountry.com/detail.cfm?Category_ID=&manufacturer_ID=16&product_ID=11833&model_ID=71&sblid_name=Kuryakyn_Subharness_GL_to_for_Honda_Goldwing_1500_SE
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Re: Trailer lights problems

Postby nicvis » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:08 pm

Thanks wingpilot 69 I have ordered the isolation kit, I was trying to find one when I rigged up my bike trailer but couldn't find any. I have used the same idea on a much heavier scale with my 32 and 48 wheel trailers on my heavy trucks so I'm hoping this will be the fix. Thanks Again for the input.




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