Turn Signal Conversion
I wanted to
make the rear of my Sabre as bright as possible so I purchased a
turn signal conversion kit from
Electrical Connection which installs red LEDs around the
signal bulb so that when your bike is running the turn signals
glow red, brighter red with the use of the brakes. The LEDs are
grounded to the signals positive lead so that when the turn signal
bulb lights up the LEDs shut off, keeping the conversion legal for
most states. It is also a neat effect, making the signal appear to
change from red to yellow.
(Part Number 01314)
was fairly easy enough. This is what came with the package from
The Electrical Connection.
difficult part was deciding where to run the wires without too
much fabricating. I started with removing the license plate holder
and turn signal assembly from off of the fender. The bolts are
under the fender (tire side). I then disassembled the turn signal
assembly completely so I could route the wires. The LEDs slip onto
the bulb so remove the signal bulb and slip the conversion kit
LEDs onto the thickest part of the bulb. Make sure to moisten the
bulb to ease this procedure and consider wearing gloves in case
the bulb brakes.
instructions say that you will need to drill a small hole in the
assembly to route the wires. I was able to get them through the
housing without any drilling. The metal backing plate that holds
the bulb has two small brass screws holding it in place. Remove
these screws and carefully pull the plate out of the signal
housing. With this done you can pull some of the wire out of the
“tunnel” and the patiently stuff the wires for the conversion kit
along the other wires, through the housing. You can see the red
and black wires in the photo below.
pulling most of the wire thorough the housing, slide the original
wires back into the housing and reinstall the backing plate and
procedure to the other side.
Now you can
start connecting some wires. First separate the red from the black
wire. Cut off any excess black wire and connect it to the positive
lead of the turn signal that is on the same side as the unit. I
cheated a little by removing about 1 inch of insulation from the
black wire and then disconnecting the signal connector and sliding
the wire up through the middle of the connector and bending it
over the top and reinstalling the connectors. Not the nicest way
to do it but it works. If you want to do it right, solder the
connection and use heat shrink tubing.
reassembly the housing completely, run the red wires through the
fender opening, and install signal housing back onto the fender.
the fun part, installing the wire connections to the brake light.
Remove the brake light housing from the fender. You will note the
there is only about one inch of extra wire coming though the
fender which is not enough to work with so I removed my seat (easy
enough with just 2 bolts and 1 nut to remove), disconnected the
wire harness connectors under the seat and was able to feed
another six or so inches through the fender so I could pull the
brake light housing off further and actually work on it.
Now you get
to connect the Run/Brake circuits. The company changed the wire
colors in my kit so I had one of each color set up, but the
company included a conversion so I could tell which wires went
where. Essentially you connect the blue or black wires to the
running light wire (brown wire) and the green or white wires to
the brake light wire (green wire with white stripe). The kit
includes some neat connectors that snap on the to existing wires
and the have a butt connector for the Run/Brake circuits wires. It
is a pretty clean installation. I still used some heat shrink
tubing where I could. Then I ran the red wires from the LEDs up
under the fender and through the brake light hole and connected
the wires to the red wire of the Run/Brake circuits. I wasn’t sure
which wire was which and I wasn’t sure why it would matter since
both Run/Brake circuits were connected to the same wires on the
brake or running light wire but apparently it does matter. I had
them backwards and nothing happened. When I switched the wires it
lit up nice and bright, so experiment before you get everything
wires are all connected, wire tie the extra wires into the brake
housing and then reinstall the housing back onto the fender. Pull
back some wire from where you pushed it through under the seat and
reconnect the wire harness holder back onto the fender and
reinstall you seat.
Now put back
the lens covers if you haven’t already and marvel in the extra
light coming from your back end.
Click on the
images below to see video of before and after.
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