Please help identify bag light component


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boogeyman
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Please help identify bag light component

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Hello everyone!
Proud owner of a 92 GL1500.

The bag lights have no power to them.
When I trace the bag light wire, both sides connect to a small black box with CK01 printed on it. It's located behind the right rear marker light.
It's a sealed box with several wires - power in and 4 wires out - 2 to each bag light.
I've measured the volts in. They were at 7.6V, but after cleaning the contacts where they connect up top under the seat, they're showing 11V.
But the output only shows .6V! Not even a volt.
So I'm wondering what it is so I can order a replacement.
I'm assuming those bag lights need 12V to operate and this is why they don't work at all.
Or maybe I could steal power from somewhere else?

Thanks very much!


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Re: Please help identify bag light component

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Depends. It sounds like you might have the Hondaline lights. They are electroluminescent strip lights and the box is a high voltage inverter. Those lights always go bad, so your best bet is to do an LED swap. Plenty of topics on DIY solutions for that.
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With two stage brightness, I made mine do double duty as turn signals, too.
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Thanks, but no.. I've taken them apart to add my own LED's like I did with some of the other lights.
They are regular bulbs.. I've pulled out the entire wire with 3 bulbs attached.

So any idea what the black box is?
Thanks!

EDIT: I am sorry. You are absolutely right! I was mistaken and thought I was talking about the upper lights. I got confused. Yes they are pink strips. I've since replaced them with LED's and got rid of the inverter altogether. Thanks!
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Re: Please help identify bag light component

Post by WingAdmin »

Any chance you could post a picture of it?

If it is the inverter for the EL panels, it looks like the black box here:

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Re: Please help identify bag light component

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Yes that's it.
I've decided to disconnect it completely and run LED strips on both left and right bags and spliced them to the power previously going to the inverter.
They work fine now. Nice and bright.
I guess that inverter was need to somehow multiply the power going to the bags as those strips needed it?
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Re: Please help identify bag light component

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Hey, thanks a bunch for the replies folks.
I really appreciate your time!


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