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post #1 of 11 Old 02-01-2019, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Brake light not working!

The other day I took off my seat and rear seat to access my wires. I was going to install a "Smart Braking System" , but I couldn't figure it out so I put everything back together.

Yesterday when I turned the bike on, the brake light didn't work. I tried the front brake, rear brake, Nothing!

What the heck could've happened?

How do I check it, how do I fix it? Wire? Fuse?

*halp*

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-01-2019, 09:06 AM
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Either you blew a fuse or disconnected something. Check both.

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post #3 of 11 Old 02-01-2019, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Where can I find the fuses for it? Do I need to disconnect the battery before I touch that? I'm not very electrically inclined..

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If the horn, tail light, and turn signals are also dead you blew a fuse, it is on the left side of the battery.
If only the brake light is out then you disturbed an already tenuous GREEN/YELLOW wire connection under the seat that feeds the brake light, not your fault from the sounds of it, it was already frayed/corroded/internally "mostly dead" and just took a butterfly's whisper to finish it off.
disconnect the bullet connector under the seat and check with a multimeter to see which side is broken...

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with the key off the headlight and the accessories fused are not powered, its safe to change them.

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Ah, I will do that. Thanks Kyrton!

If I need to "Rewire" for a new turn signal wire or brake light wire, where can I buy a new wire and what is that process?

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18-gauge 10 amp wire is available at your local hardware and powersports stores, get as close to the same color or coordinating color as you can and label any wires you add.
The best way to make the connections is to use Japanese Metric Motorcycle bullet connectors, they will be listed as 3.8 or 3.9/4.0mm and use the correct crimper for them. (go amazon)

If your wallet is squeaking, you can get away with solder & electrical tape, or butt splice connectors, and 18g or 16g wire that you scavenged from other electronics before they went in the trash can, but do yourself a big favor and label your work on the wires with tags so you know what's what when it comes back up on the "I can now afford to re-do-it the right way" list.
spend a few minutes on youtube watching videos on how to solder wires and how to crimp wires.

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I have a used rear harness from a 1st gen Rebel that you could have for the price of postage.

It is likely the same as a 2nd gen harness.

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I have a used rear harness from a 1st gen Rebel that you could have for the price of postage.

It is likely the same as a 2nd gen harness.
Okay, let me re-check it and get back to you!

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18-gauge 10 amp wire is available at your local hardware and powersports stores, get as close to the same color or coordinating color as you can and label any wires you add.
The best way to make the connections is to use Japanese Metric Motorcycle bullet connectors, they will be listed as 3.8 or 3.9/4.0mm and use the correct crimper for them. (go amazon)

If your wallet is squeaking, you can get away with solder & electrical tape, or butt splice connectors, and 18g or 16g wire that you scavenged from other electronics before they went in the trash can, but do yourself a big favor and label your work on the wires with tags so you know what's what when it comes back up on the "I can now afford to re-do-it the right way" list.
spend a few minutes on youtube watching videos on how to solder wires and how to crimp wires.
I replaced the brake light bulb, but it ended up being that the ground wire was disconnected under the seat) (See pics)
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