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Please tell me how to wire in a two lead (hot leads) Drag Specialties laydown taillight assembly in a 2004 XL883C? The wiring instructions that came with the light are all wrong.

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  • xarmyvet02 Jul 07, 2010

    On the right and left turn signals does the purple/black striped wires go to purple in the main harness? Does the brown wire tie into the right turn signal side? do I tie in all blacks (grounds) into the black in the main harness?
    I am told blue is for the taillight and and red/yellow is for the brake light. Since the new taillight has only two leads (hots) do I need to solder a ground lead onto the bulb socket to tie into the black in the main harness?
    THANK YOU

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The wiring connections are as follows:-- Purple/black = Left TS.(turn signal).
Brown = Right TS.(turn signal).
Black = Ground for everything.(in the main harness). Blue = Running Lamp.(the tail light) Red/Yellow = Brake. Note, in some models the wiring for both left and right Turn Signals is Purple, but the Purple wire from the main harness only goes to the left side while the Brown goes to the right. In most of the cases it works.But in some cases it has been noticed that there is a short circuit in the connections due to no ground connected.So in that case the ground has to be connected.The ground lead onto the bulb socket.But i suggest you connect ground lead because,in case if it shorts due to no ground then the tail light may also get short.So dont take risk just get ground connected.But take care you dont touch any live wire to the ground.insulate it properly while soldering and connecting. Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

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On the Harley the black=ground, red with yellow strip= brake light,  blue=tail light. On your taillight i don't know since it's a custom part but the wires are easy to identify: Take out the bulb and locate which is the plot for the stop (it will have the lower resistance of the 2) then locate which is the wire connected to the clamp corresponding to that plot. After that all you have to do is to join the wires.

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  • xarmyvet02 Jul 07, 2010

    Still have the problem of where to connect the orange/white stripe wire and how to wire up turn signals. Do the purple/black stripe wires off of turn signals go to purple in the main harness? Also does the brown wire tire into the right turn signal purple/black wire? Finally since the taillight has only two leads (HOT) and no ground should I solder a ground wire to the bulb receptacle and run it into ground? Should this go to the black in the main harness and the two turn signal black wires just get wired together?

    I keep getting the turn signals on the rear illuminated, they go off when the brake pedal is depressed, but the turn signals do flash. I would like to get this up and running ASAP so I can ride again. Thank you for your time, consideration, patience, and understanding.


  • Azrael SRL Jul 08, 2010

    Drag Specialties laydown taillight assembly has only the back and stop lights - no turn signal - so you have another part beside it that you must wire separately. And it appears that they have changed the wiring since its install manual was printed. First you need to identify what each wire from your new custom turn indicator is doing - just take it apart, remove the bulbs and check the connections with a simple meter. You will end up with 2 pairs of hot and ground wires - one for each side: the ground ones go the the black one together and the hot ones to the corresponding ones(apparently you got them already)



    Yes , your tail light doesn't have a ground wire. You can use the fender as a ground or you can just draw a wire from the base to the black from the loom.

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