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38wing
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Post by 38wing » Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:59 pm



I got a used rear light bar the only name i can find on it is in the lights it says drag specialist. I need to know how to wire this up and add a plug for trailer lights. Here are some pic



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Re: lights

Post by 38wing » Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:01 pm

Not sure what ahppen on the pics i well try again.

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Re: lights

Post by 38wing » Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:20 pm

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Re: lights

Post by 38wing » Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:02 pm

here are the pics I hope this helps with how I could wire it.













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Re: lights

Post by newday777 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:34 am

You have the lead weight Markland bar/hitch combo(Markland is long out of business).
Be sure to replace all the bulbs with LED bulbs or you will not be charging at idle. Add a switch when you wire those in so you can turn them off when your system doesn't charge. Charging stators and regulators do fail. Having a switch to turn them off can make a difference if you will get home or not.
When you wire them in to the bike use a 2 pin connector to be able to unplug the bar from the bike and remove the bar when necessary to do repairs on the rear end.
Adding a relay controlled aux fuse panel to wire in accessories is always safer to protect the bikes wire harness. In an event of a short in wiring of accessories/trailer wiring, it will, if wired properly, protect from overloading the bike's wire harness.
You will need to know if the trailer will be a 4 wire or a 5 wire system(separate turn signals like the bike has from the brake lights)

Accessory fuse block

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/access ... 120/419224


Positap connector is a good way to tap into wires when adding lights.

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/posi_t ... 120/216340

2 pin connector

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/2_wire ... /120/36020

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Re: lights

Post by DenverWinger » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:50 am

For what it's worth, I installed one of those with trailer hitch on my 1100 back in 2010 so I could pull the "new to me" camper. Not a single LED anywhere on the bike or trailer, all incandescent, plus the four extra running/brake lights in the Vetter Trunk. And a 60 watt amp on the stereo. Never had any charging problems, even with trailer connected.

For the light bar I just tapped into the running lights circuit going to the Bike's tail light in the wiring on top of the rear fender, under the seat. Trailer wiring was tapped in the same place to get stop light circuit and left/right turn. I did not use a stoplight/turn signal combiner, instead used 5 pin connector to trailer which has separate turn signals.

If you have incandescent (standard) turn signal bulbs on your trailer, you will likely find the turn signals flash way too fast with trailer connected. The flasher on the 1100 is rated for two bulbs, it is the type that won't flash if one of the bulbs is out, or flash too fast with a three bulb load. There's two fixes for this, either put LED turn signal bulbs in the trailer, or replace the flasher with automotive flasher for the 4-way emergency lights, these flash at same speed regardless of load.

Since I got the 1500 and installed hitch on it, no longer need the hitch on the 1100, so I removed the bar/hitch and put the Vetter saddle bags back on.

So the light bar/hitch combo is for sale if anyone wants it. I should get off my butt and post it in "For Sale" forum with pictures. Pretty much same thing 38wing is installing.
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Re: lights

Post by 38wing » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:04 pm

Thanks for the info i well look in to it this weekend



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