Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler


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Bluedude54
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Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler

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I'm want to install the Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler on my 2010 GL1800 Audio Comfort. The question I have, I have a BackOff brake modulator installed. Will the spoiler work with the modulator?


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Re: Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler

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Yes it should, as the brake circuit is separate from the other lighting functions of that spoiler light. They should have 5 wires, brake, tail, L turn, R turn and ground.
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As you know, the SoCal Pathfinder comes with a built in flasher function. I do not know it that can be bypassed. Functionality would be dependent on if the OEM spoiler circuit is "upstream" or "downstream" of the BackOff flasher unit (does your current spoiler light flash?) and how the flasher units get along. I have seen some double flashers that work fine together. You might ask SoCal or Signal Dynamics if they have ever experienced such an install. I think the best situation is all the brake lights will flash and then when the current Back-Off flasher goes solid (if set up that way), the SoCal will still flash.

Another alternative. As you know. there are no turn signal circuits currently in the trunk lid. You will need to route wires back under the seat to the pick up those signals. You could also run a new brake wire back and connect to the harness upstream of the BackOff unit or even directly to the input side (non-flashing) of the current BackOff unit. You will likely have different flash patterns if you go that way.
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Re: Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler

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Going along Andy's line of thought, the spoiler flasher was usually separate from the lower brake flashers if both flash. Do your lower brake lights flash too or just your spoiler flash from the signal Dynamics flasher Bluedude54?
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The spoiler I currently have does not flash. It is the original spoiler.
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Re: Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler

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Bluedude54 wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:39 am The spoiler I currently have does not flash. It is the original spoiler.
So then just your lower brake lights flash with the signal Dynamics flasher and the new spoiler light will flash from the built-in flasher circuit.
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Thanks for the info. I have no other LED lights installed on the bike. Was worried about that. ( I am going to change over to LED in the future )
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Even if you had 3 different flasher devices, as long as, they are all connected to the primary Brake Light wire from the bike, they will work independent of each other, AS LONG AS, they use different bulbs.

All bets are OFF, if you try to use them to flash the OEM light bulbs.
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Re: Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler

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Bluedude54 wrote: Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:29 pm I'm want to install the Pathfinder Sequential LED spoiler on my 2010 GL1800 Audio Comfort. The question I have, I have a BackOff brake modulator installed. Will the spoiler work with the modulator?
You should not have any problems with that set up, the lower brake lights go through the C-31 connector while the spoiler brake light signal takes a different path and does not go through the C-31 so there will no issues running both , other than the patterns may not be in synch.

One thing to note is, if a brake modulator unit like the BackOFF module is installed before the point where the brake light circuit splits to go to the upper and the lower circuits, all that will happen is the Pathfinder will flash along with the BackOFF and if / when the BackOFF goes solid, the Pathfinder will start it's flashing pattern, but you have stated that the original spoiler does not flash, so this should not apply to your set up.


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