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Old 03-06-2011, 01:18 AM   #1
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HALP! Please read! IT/brake light problem

Please, ANYBODY with ideas or suggestions, post up:

I'm installing the TST IT on my 09, all the plugs fit perfectly... HOWEVER, the brake light does NOT change when I apply the front or rear brakes. I connected all the connections properly; the right side of the tail light blinks in accordance with flicking the turn signal to the right, and the left follows suit. However, like I've said, the brake light does not change whatsoever when I apply the brakes.

I have not spliced in the load resistors, but my mentality is that the load resistors should not matter on the brake light itself.

I have a pretty large ride in the AM, so I'd like to get this problem solved tonight... so if anyone can help, please and thanks!!
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it should work after you put in the resistors... if you didnt mess with anything else you were not supposed to.... lol
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isolate the brake light circuit(wires +&-) and see were you hooked them up to. chances are one is not on ground or power.if they are correct then get the resistors in
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Everything is plug and play, meaning the IT came with the correct plugs for each of the 3 OEM connections: one for the brake light, one for the left, and one for the right turn signals.

I have two load resistors, one each for the turn signals... y'know, to keep the turn signals for flashing a billion times a second. How would installing them get the brake light to work? I ask because when it comes to electrical things I'm near retarded. As it sits now, the brake like it illuminated when the bike is on, but the light does not change intensity when the front/rear brake is applied.
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It's an aftermarket part. Just because they plugs match up does not mean they are wired correctly. Do you have a test light or meter? Disconnect the brake light plug and see which wires are ground and power. Then use a hot jumper to the taillight to verify the wiring for the running and brake lights.

The resistors are just for the turn signals so they won't blink so fast; do not affect the tail light.

One last thing to check; is the rear brake pedal switch adjusted correctly or is your brake light on all the time?
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As it sits now, the brake like it illuminated when the bike is on, but the light does not change intensity when the front/rear brake is applied.
That tells me either your rear switch needs adjusted, or the two wires are swapped for the tail and brake light.
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That tells me either your rear switch needs adjusted, or the two wires are swapped for the tail and brake light.
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That tells me either your rear switch needs adjusted, or the two wires are swapped for the tail and brake light.
I think this may be the case. Someone on a different forum suggested I plug in the OEM tail light, apply the brakes, and see what happens.

The OEM tail light works fine.

The new IT light does not.

I'll play around and see if your suggestion is indeed what's causing the problem.
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That was my other question, does it work fine with the stock light? I'll bet the two wires are swapped.
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That was my other question, does it work fine with the stock light? I'll bet the two wires are swapped.
Yeah, that was the first thing that came to mind, but like I said I'm near retarded when it comes to electrical stuff.

Give me a few minutes to swap wires and I'll let you know whats up.
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That was my other question, does it work fine with the stock light? I'll bet the two wires are swapped.
Ding ding ding we have a winner.

TexLurch, I owe you a beer/lunch when I finally meet you.

Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks to all who offered advice in this thread
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