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hello... i originally posted this over at yfm350.com but since it is my work i dont see why i cant also post it here....Alright guys heres what i did lastnight... in about an hour, after i had drank 4 beers so like 45min real time ;D

before i even get started i want to define "brakelight" and "running light or tail light"... the running light is what most warriors come with, it does not get brighter when you hit the brakes... nor can it... in order to get it to become bright you need to buy a new light assembly with a dual filiment bulb (commonly 1157) i think a lot of people refer to a brake light as anything red on the back, not so... a brake light is only a brake light if it lights up when you hit the brakes, hence the name ::)

ok here we go...
i bought what must supposed to be a trailer brake light from walmart for $5.95. it came with the bulb and everystuff, and it looks like something that would be stock... unfortunatly i didnt get a picture of it straight out of the box but there wasn't really much to see...it has two hot wires and grounds through the frame, slight issue there but no problem....

this is without the lense obvisously


this light is meant to be mounted to something flat and waterproof... so first off i took the lense off and traced it onto a piece 1/16th steel with a sharpy... i then cut the steel on the band saw and stayed on the outside of the line. therefore the plate is actually about 1/8" bigger all the way around than the lense... also i drilled a hole for the wires to come through

then the plate was spot welded to the light chassis, you can actually see the welds in the first pic...



then the plate got spotted to the OEM bracket



Then ran the wires through, there is actually a plastic grommet there... and filled the rest with permatex to keep out all the water....


this is the after phase one of the mod... ill post the rest after i do it... hahahah maybe tomorrow... maybe monday



if someone wants im thinking about putting together a complete kit with some instructions on installing a brake light on a warrior... is that something you guys would be interested in buying for about $30 + core (i only have 2 other OEM brackets)
 

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alright here is phase 2 of the brake light mod...

i got a univeral brake light switch, and built this bracket... im not going to get into building the bracket, but if you have ever done and measuring and cutting and drilling you should be fine

another picture of it... i didnt have band saw at home so i just left i square for now... one of these days ill take it back arpart and cut where the sharpy is at my buddys... then paint it...

this is next picture is of it all mounted up... i used the hole that is already there and threaded to bolt the mount on... i believe this hole is here because in a couple states yamaha actually had to put brake lights on from the factory... even before 02 or whatever....

youll see that the spring runs down to the lever and i had to drill a small how to hook it in

the switch has two wires coming from it one needs to go to a 12v source and the other side goes to the lightbulb... i doesnt matter which side goes where, at least not on the model i used



then i used a test light and a 12v battery to figure out what was what on my wires... turns out on the light the red was the taillight and the black was the brake light.... on the fourwheeler it turned out black was ground and blue was hot for the taillight

i figured the best way to make the connections was to cut the stock wires off of the stock light and connect them to the walmart light... its your decision if you wanna pretty much junk your stock light or not but i dont plan on going back to the brakelightless state (besides i have 2 other stock taillights)

i've found that getting the quick connect "bullets" to mate up to OEM bullets doesnt always work to well... thats most of the reason i decided to cut the stock wires (and connectors) off of the stock light and just use them

soldered the connection... notice the shink wrap on the left...


this is how i hooked up the ground....

i hooked the hotwire to the switch straight to the battery... on second thought i should have tapped in somewhere after that fuse in the right rear... ill probably end up redoing that later..

this picture sucks but it shows my three connections to the light now.... the seperate black wire comes from the brake light switch

this is what it looks like all said and done...


let me know if you guys need more details... ill edit this post and add them in....
 

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Sorry to be thick .... what are hot wires ? In the UK hot wires would indicate a short (getting warm or hot) but I guess this means the wires to connect to .... sorry for the silly post !
Regards Jim
 

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aaaaa its sorta slang i guess.... i refer to "hot wires" as ones with voltage on them..... the hot wire brings the volage to the bulb, the "other one" takes it from the bulb to the ground
 
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