Harley riders usually need to relocate their tail lights before they can install saddlebags on their motorcycles. The motor company has engineered many of its bikes so that the purchase of a set of saddlebags also requires the purchase of a kit to relocate the taillights, so the saddlebags will fit At that point, many casual riders give up and have the dealer handle the relocation, which is straightforward. Anyone attempting a tail light relocation needs a well-equipped workshop, patience and dexterity, but the job is not difficult.
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Things you need
- Basic mechanic tools
- Rear turn signal relocation kit
- Motorcycle jack
- Heat shrink tubing
- Heat gun
- Masking tape
- Cable ties
Elevate the motorcycle on a motorcycle jack. The wheel must hang down so you can access the inside of the bumper.
Unscrew the rear seat stud with an Allen wrench. Remove the seat. Disconnect the black battery cable from the negative battery terminal.
Remove the plastic plug from the tail lamp access hole inside the rear bumper.
Remove the turn signal wires and connectors from the inside of the tail lamp housing, then remove the turn signal wires from the clips inside the bumper. Separate the four-way turn signal socket housings from the rear lighting harness pin housings.
Unplug the grey four-way tail lamp connector from the mating connector in the tail lamp housing. Mark for reference with masking tape and a pen and remove the wires from both socket housings.
Remove the screw at the front of the bumper mounting bracket, as well as the screw and washer at the rear of the bumper mounting bracket. Remove the turn signal lamp, bumper rail and mounting bracket from the Harley.
Cut one piece of heat shrink tubing into two equal sections with scissors. Slide one piece of the tubing over the turn signal wires, all the way up to the lamp housing on each side of the motorcycle. Use a heat gun to shrink the tubing.
Install the turn signal lamp wires through the small hole in the recess cover. Position the cover into the recess in the turn signal housing.
Loosely attach the hex nut and lock washer onto the turn signal relocation bracket. Loosely attach the turn signal lamp and recess cover onto the threaded end of the turn signal relocation bracket.
Align the relocation bracket with the rear of the bumper support. Fit the round pad into the mating hole in the support.
Install the rear bumper rail with your original equipment hardware or the hardware specified in your saddlebag mounting instructions. Install the turn signal relocation bracket to the rear bumper and bumper rail.
Aim each turn signal lens straight back. Tighten the hex nut and lock washer with a wrench. Complete all steps for both sides of the motorcycle.
Install the turn signal wires and terminals into each cavity of the turn signal socket housings.
Route the turn signal wires under the turn signal relocation bracket and under the rear bumper edge on each side of the vehicle. Connect the turn signal socket housings to the pin housings on the rear lighting harness.
Plug the grey, four-way tail lamp connector on the rear lighting harness into the mating connector in the tail lamp housing under the bumper. Gently push the turn signal wires and connectors into the cavity inside the tail lamp housing and install the plastic plug into the tail lamp access hole in the rear bumper.
Route the turn signal wire under the signal relocation bracket and secure it to the bracket with a cable tie.
Install your saddlebags or re-bolt the bumper rails to your bumper using the original hardware.
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