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Old 08-14-2011, 12:03 PM   #1
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Default Brake Light Install - my step by step.

I enjoy following projects posted on the site so I figured I'd document mine. I had purchased a brake light kit, turn signal kit, and seat belt all at the same time. I installed the easiest first, the seat belts for my kiddos on rear flip top seat.

Then days(maybe weeks) later I installed the turn signal kit. In monkeying with it I could never get the turn signals to work when the lights were on, but I knew I'd be installing the brake light kit and told my self I'd deal with it then.

So after some encouragement on this board and a few tool suggestions later I got started on the brake light kit install and overall light troubleshooting.


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Old 08-14-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

I started by drilling a 7/16 hole through my brake petal. I cheated a bit and simply drilled out a whole that was already in the pedal. I was curious to know what that whole is used for on a stock cart.

Finished product below. I still need to drill the whole bigger on the rubber side as the instructions on the kit state that the screw on rubber bulb should be close to flush to the pedal. To do that I need at least an 1" hole on the top side.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

Next, I needed to route some wire - or so I thought!

So I pulled off the cup holder to reveal my wonderful turn signal wire job. I guess I should have purchased the adapter so the kit just plugged in. I didn't so i used wire nuts and wire cutters. No one is going to see this, right!?!!




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Old 08-14-2011, 12:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

This is when I noticed that the cart had a two wires located underneath in an ideal place for a brake light connection. Since I'm new to carting I purchased this kart. I new that the previous owner had put in a whole new wiring kit so I hoped that I was so lucky as to find the right hookups. Turns out I was and the wires to hook up the horn are located close by as well!

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Old 08-14-2011, 12:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

I determined that the red wire was my power, and the brown was my brake lights so I proceeded to hook my new brake light switch up there. Easy!

Then came the hard part. Not so much hard, but time consuming and frustrating. Remember when I said that the turn signal would not work when the lights were on? This is the reason. When they wired up wrong.

I found that the running lights were wired to the brake light wires. So when the lights came on, they were "SUPER" Brake Light ON bright. I couldn't tell this however until I just started moving the connected wires around.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

May I make a few points?:

1. It's hot in a garage in Texas when its 108 outside.
2. It's a pain in the butt to try and depress the brake button and look at the brake lights at the same time.

I fixed number two as you can see below.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:19 PM   #7
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

I do recall hearing a pop and it took me about 40 minutes and another two or three rewiring of the turn signal to realize that I blew one of these. I then gave up as I didn't have any spares laying around. I do now!

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Old 08-14-2011, 01:27 PM   #8
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

I was honestly frustrated at this point and was going to post to the board and see if any one was in Dallas and wanted to come over for a few beers to troubleshoot. I was tired of walking around my cart over and over and over and over and over and over. Here's was the agenda:

Try the red wire and check:
running lights on/off
L turn signal, lights off (check front and back)
L turn signal, lights on (repeat)
R turn signal, lights off (check front and back)
R turn signal, lights on (repeat)
brake light, lights off
brake lights, lights on

I could get any number of combinations right, The brake lights would work, but the turn signals wouldn't. Or I'd hit the brakes and only one light would come on. I was able to get everything working. But...
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:30 PM   #9
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

What kit did you purchase? I need to install a brake light switch to get the regenerative braking to work on my AC system that I'm putting in.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:33 PM   #10
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Default Re: Brake Light Install - my step by step.

But, I still have one problem.

All of the lights work except for the right front turn signal. Picture included for front light bar.


I assumed and still do? that this front lite is plugged in with a plastic adapter to the cart wiring. If that's the case I'm not sure how to fix this.

Here's the problem:
Right front blinker does not work. The right rear blinker does.
Right front blinker will only come on in when the brake lights are turned on.
All other lights on the cart work correctly.

I may poke around on it today but need to see if I know how to get to the light bar easily.
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