P3 Lights Brake Light

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

P3 light kit

P3 light kit

P3 light kit

Still no bike. This is the latest add-on I purchased to provide some extra visability from the rear, especially when stopping. They are the Skene Design P3 Lights. Hook up looks to be pretty easy for the R1200GSW. I’ll find out once the bike arrives.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 [449 miles]

I started working on general wiring for electical add-ons yesterday. You can see how I got to today’s starting point on this page. Today I’ve several erands to run. I did have a bit of time so started the P3 Light installation.

Rear deck

Rear deck

Rear deck
Under the rear deck

Under the rear deck

Under the rear deck

To get to the tail light I had to remove the rear deck and the luggage rack/passenger grab rail. To do that I had to remove the panniers and pannier frame that I’d installed just a few days ago. So be it. Removal is quite easy… four screws on each side. This is what you see once the bodywork is removed.

Lowered license/turn signal housing

Lowered license/turn signal housing

Lowered license/turn signal housing
Turn signal wiring

Turn signal wiring

Turn signal wiring
E-clip

E-clip

E-clip

There are two more screws to remove that attach the license plate/turn signal bracket to the rear sub-frame. Once removed the bracket drops down giving access to the bottom two E-clips that help hold the tail light. There is also an E-clip on the top. It is lost someplace in my garage. Good thing I keep spares. Note to self: you just used your last spare.

Tail/brake light removed

Tail/brake light removed

Tail/brake light removed
Brake light wiring

Brake light wiring

Brake light wiring
Brake light taps

Brake light taps

Brake light taps

The light controller attaches to the brown (ground) and gray/black with yellow dots (brake signal) wires. It will also attach to bike power, but I haven’t gotten that far, yet.

P3 light

P3 light

P3 light
Cable ties

Cable ties

Cable ties
P3 light wire routing

P3 light wire routing

P3 light wire routing

I decided to mount the lights slightly outboard of my licence plate storage box. I routed the wires from each light through some drain holes in the bottom of the license plate/turn signal bracket then followed the turn signal wires up to the rear deck where they will connect to the P3 controller.

Dual lock

Dual lock

Dual lock
P3 light controller

P3 light controller

P3 light controller
Boot tear

Boot tear

Boot tear

The controller is held in place with some dual lock and the wiring is cable tied into a neat bundle. Before putting the rear deck and rack back on my wife helped me look for the errant E-clip. We didn’t find it and I wound up using my spare. My wife did, however, find a tear in the boot between swing arm and drive shaft. That’s something to be addressed during the 600 mile service.

Rear deck/rack installed

Rear deck/rack installed

Rear deck/rack installed

I’m ready to re-install the panier racks. I figure once they are attached the E-clip will show up. If it does it will become my new spare. The red wire is the power lead for the P3 lights. Tomorrow I’ll grap a picture of what the installation looks like with the deck installed before moving on to the next thing.

P3 Light wiring

P3 Light wiring

P3 Light wiring

This is what it looks like with the rear deck installed. Most of the P3 wiring is hidden under the deck. The red wire will go to the fuzeblock for power. That story continues on this page.

Thursday, July 18 2013 [475 miles]

The lights work. I took power from my fuzeblock.

Wednesday, July 24 2013 [718 miles]

I moved the lights inboard when I mounted my personalized license plate. Picture here.