Installing a whelen Lin3 or tir3


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Installing a whelen Lin3 or tir3

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I am wanting to install a whelen Lin3 to replace the red reflector on the rear fender of my 2016 Gl1800 as a flashing brake light. I would like some input as to where is the best place to access the necessary wiring and which colored wires to tap in to. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks



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I did that stuff to a 1800 once..
Keep in mind that the tir3 does have different flash patterns but (to my knowledge) did not have the brake Flash then steady on.It just flashes.
Remove all the screws needed to replace the brake light bulbs.Attach the led directly to a pair of wires feeding one of the lamps.A test probe will tell which one is hot.
I solder then seal the connection.

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Where do I connect the wire that is not hot?

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The brake lamp has 2 wires.One goes hot when you turn on the light.That one will go to the red wire on the tir3.
The other wire on the lamp is the ground.It goes to the black wire on the tir3.
The tir3 may have 2 more wires.
One is the pattern select (white/purple) and it is touched to hot to change the pattern when the led is operating.
The other wire (gray) is the sync wire.Its used when multiple tir3's are tied together to keep them flashing the same or opposite.

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Virgilmobile:

Thanks so much. Even an electrical idiot such as myself should be able to pull that off.

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As always..I suggest a "dry test".
Hook it up..test it's operation...Dry fit the location the mount and then hard wire it.
If I remember correctly,there may be a problem with the mounting place.
I think when I did one,the mounted led had a bit too much upward angle.
Keep the angle in mind.. you want the brightest part of the beam to be about 4' above the ground at 20 ' or so.
Pointing it into the trees kinda defeats the purpose.
I ended up making a wedge behind the led to get the angle down.

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If I'm not mistaken, some states require such a strobing light to either go solid-on, or to stop flashing and turn off after 4 seconds. I built a time-out timer that cuts the power to the TIR3 after the 4-second time out. If I reapply the brakes, the timer starts all over again.
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Yup.Its that way here too.
That's why I made this comment.

"Keep in mind that the tir3 does have different flash patterns but (to my knowledge) did not have the brake Flash then steady on.It just flashes."

Our local PD frowned on a continuous strobing brake light.They reserve that for emergency vehicles.
In my case,I set the tir3 to "steady burn" and used a back off modulator to operate it to get it to pass inspection.

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Most states that have the non steady flash law are 5 flashes and then steady red. If you don't change it over to this, don't go to California. They will be more than happy to reward you with an expensive piece of paper! And you don't move you bike until you unhook them.

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Take pictures or video of the finished job.We would like to see it.

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Thanks guys for all your input. I have had a tir3 for several years in place of the rear reflector and have yet to have it become an issue. To be safe though, I will steer clear of California.

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tonygxy3 wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:18 pm
To be safe though, I will steer clear of California.
That's always a good plan.



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