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Old 10-31-2011, 06:55 AM
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Wiring Trouble Shooting

So first the rear turn signals quit.

Then the tail light too.

I have the tore down anyway for a couple of other things that have been entertaining you all on here, (clutch throwout bearing, replace shit chain with actual chain)...so I thought I'd try to figure out the wiring too.

I start monkeying with wires, tracing them to figure out whats what - walk around the back and bump the ratchet i had left in the axle nut and bang...tail light works. So, I am sitting there moving the ratchet back and forth turning the light on and off (WTF seems like no connection at all between the two) scratching my head.

I guess maybe the light is shorting out through the bracket to the axle? Or a grounding issue.

No idea on the turn signals yet...
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:05 AM
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Seems like you have lost a ground.

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Old 10-31-2011, 05:23 PM
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I agree try running a ground wire to the light it may not be getting a good ground throgh the frame
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Thanks I will try that.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:08 AM
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Holy shit that's funny..... I can just see you with a concerned look on your face turning your ratchet handle!!!!

I know I've been in the same predicament recently. My tail light bulb mount broke off inside the light, causing it to lose ground...... when I hit the brake switch it wouldn't work, I would lean back to look at the light and it would work..... SO I was in this strange dance of brake pedal, and lean back, LIGHT ON, brake pedal and lean forward, light off...... I was so dumb founded I actually lifted up the seat to see if there was some crazy swith in there!!!!!
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:18 AM
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sounds like the ratchet needs replacing........intermitant ratchet faults are a pain to find....
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Holy shit that's funny..... I can just see you with a concerned look on your face turning your ratchet handle!!!!

I know I've been in the same predicament recently. My tail light bulb mount broke off inside the light, causing it to lose ground...... when I hit the brake switch it wouldn't work, I would lean back to look at the light and it would work..... SO I was in this strange dance of brake pedal, and lean back, LIGHT ON, brake pedal and lean forward, light off...... I was so dumb founded I actually lifted up the seat to see if there was some crazy swith in there!!!!!
exactly. i was dumbfounded. i just sat there pushing that handle back and forth and turning the light on and off.

i searched for some connection from that P)(*&(*&^ light to my ratchet handle
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