saddlebag light help!


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quasi2008
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saddlebag light help!

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on my 82 interstate are the turn signals in the saddlebags also supposed to be running lights? they are 3 wire, black, brown, and a light green. available connections are, light blue, orange, dark green, green w/yellow stripe. I can get the signals to work. if the lights are wired so they are also brake lights then the signals don't work. seems they should also act as running lights, although not sure how they are supposed to be. wiring schematic on the manual is all greek to me. tks,


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The rear turn signals do not function as running lights. That is against code. The fronts are turn signals and running lights. The rear on the bags or on mounting stalks (on standards) should only operate as turn signals.
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Joneszy wrote: Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:46 pm The rear turn signals do not function as running lights. That is against code. The fronts are turn signals and running lights. The rear on the bags or on mounting stalks (on standards) should only operate as turn signals.
why is it 3 wire then if they are not supposed to act as parking lamps also? the lenses are red, not amber. inquiring mind needs to know. :)
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If the lenses are red then the running light filaments are OK. Amber rear running lights are NOT.

Using a voltmeter find the connection with power all the time (key on) feeding the main tail light. On my 1100 there's a bunch of connections for turn, stop and running lights behind the license plate under the stoplight. Or you could access the harness feeding the tail light from under the seat, this is where I tapped into stop and running lights for my Vetter trunk.
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DenverWinger wrote: Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:47 am If the lenses are red then the running light filaments are OK. Amber rear running lights are NOT.

Using a voltmeter find the connection with power all the time (key on) feeding the main tail light. On my 1100 there's a bunch of connections for turn, stop and running lights behind the license plate under the stoplight. Or you could access the harness feeding the tail light from under the seat, this is where I tapped into stop and running lights for my Vetter trunk.
Hey Thanks, that is exactly what I just got done doing. tapped in under the seat. now I have 3 running lights on the rear. signals work as they should. I have some small 4" led strips I am going to add into the brake light system. I just completed the alternator conversion (50 amp mini denso) yesterday so i'm not to concerned about power. thanks for the info!
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Re: saddlebag light help!

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I was not thinking that the lenses were red.Here in the frozen north turn signals are required to be amber. That way a vehicle following at night can differentiate between turn indicators and brake lights. The lights in the bags came amber from the factory. Sounds like you are well on your way to straightening your wiring out.
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