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Old 03-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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12 o Clock Labs rear tail-light help

I have a Honda CRF 250 L and am putting on the new rear tail-light. I did a crappy job at crimping but they are holding. I spliced the 5 wires but the light only gets full power if the left turn signal comes into contact with the power wire. With just the power wire hooked up and not touching anything else, I do not get the license plate lights to go on.

The signals are not doing what I want. Likely programmer (me) error. I have triple checked the wiring diagram and they are hooked up correctly. Will a bad crimp job cause these gremlins? Is there a better easier connector I can use?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:34 PM   #2
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I've got two of these, one on the DRZ and the other on the XR 650R, both were pretty straightforward. All my paperwork is out in the shop but I remember having tail, ground, L turn and R turn. I solder all of the connections and shrink wrap. I always get all the wires connected before I solder anything. Double check your ground. I'll look at my diagram tomorrow if no one else pipes up.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Piney,

Might go the solder route as well. Yeah the tail-light black wire is the ground which is giving me the problem.

I am also thinking of using these:
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:06 AM   #4
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Weird lighting action often results from bad grounding.

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