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Wanting sw motech side racks. How difficult is it to relocate rear turn signals?

Yup, that's my question there in the title. If anyone could provide a brief write up on how the rear turn signals are relocated, time it took and any tips I would be grateful.

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haven't done it yet ...its still on my list of things to get, however i do have the fitments diagram for the side racks hope this helps.
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I've checked out that diagram thanks.

Do you know if its just a piece of wire supplied and I'll have to splice it or what? I've never done any wiring but I imagine there's not much too it. I'm hoping someonce can explain it...

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I've checked out that diagram thanks.

Do you know if its just a piece of wire supplied and I'll have to splice it or what? I've never done any wiring but I imagine there's not much too it. I'm hoping someonce can explain it...

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Chris,

I believe that you "extend" the wiring with the included wire in the package. So it's a cut and connect to the original wire as opposed to splice.
But then I never installed the relocation bracket since I have clearance for my cases. Check your clearances, I don't believe that you NEED to extend the lights, unless you want to...

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Do you know if its just a piece of wire supplied and I'll have to splice it or what? I've never done any wiring but I imagine there's not much too it. I'm hoping someone can explain it...
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I believe that you "extend" the wiring with the included wire in the package. So it's a cut and connect to the original wire as opposed to splice.
Yes, you splice a new piece of wire into the existing wired to make it longer. I think the kit comes with a 2 or 3 inch piece of wire. I used a longer piece so I could route the wires more easily. You can twist and tape the splices, but it's better to solder them. The installation is not that hard overall.

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All of the above is correct. The brackets come with the extra wire and it is probably a ten minute job. I have had the brackets for six months but have yet to move the lights. The stock lights are very visable from behind, but are blocked from the side by the cases. Since I remove the cases for at least half my riding, I am torn between leaving the blinkers where they are or moving them. There could be a state law regarding visability, so check that out.
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I didn't relocate mine. I just got some compact and inexpensive turn signals from cycle gear. They were short enough to leave as is, and the turn signals "holes" in the rack are now just additional tie-down points.

Either way, it's easy to do.


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I made it a 4 beer project.

I extended the wires farther than the diagram. I drilled small holes near the relocation bracket. I used shrink tube to make it all clean looking.

I am happy with the result.
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Thanks for all the replies, I think its time I pull the trigger. In IL you don't need rear signals if you use hand signals, at least thats what I'm told. Obviously from a persoanl safety standpoint I'd want others to see the indicators.

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All of the above is correct. The brackets come with the extra wire and it is probably a ten minute job. I have had the brackets for six months but have yet to move the lights. The stock lights are very visable from behind, but are blocked from the side by the cases. Since I remove the cases for at least half my riding, I am torn between leaving the blinkers where they are or moving them. There could be a state law regarding visability, so check that out.

Same here, I don't think i'll ever move them....

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Thanks for all the replies, I think its time I pull the trigger. In IL you don't need rear signals if you use hand signals, at least thats what I'm told. Obviously from a persoanl safety standpoint I'd want others to see the indicators.

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I didn't relocate mine. I just got some compact and inexpensive turn signals from cycle gear. They were short enough to leave as is, and the turn signals "holes" in the rack are now just additional tie-down points.

Either way, it's easy to do.
I didnt touch mine, heck I even left the stock ones in place.

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I didnt touch mine, heck I even left the stock ones in place.
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So I pulled the trigger on the sw motech side racks along w/ a pair of Givi e41 keyless panniers. Mrs. slowfaller chose Memphis, TN as our first multi day ride from Chicago, quite bold if you ask me
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The side racks/cases were installed on Monday and I left the blinkers where they were. For some reason I thought it was necessary to relocate them but there's plenty of room, till next time...(I have a tomtom rider v2 coming so I'm sure I'll have a n00b question on that )

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I just installed the sw-motech racks but for some reason once I tried to put on the removable racks the attachment points didn't line up too well, especially on the left side. Not sure if I forgot to install something or some washer or such. Anybody have a close up pick of the top rack? They come off pretty easy but putting them on is a bit of a struggle.

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