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Over the last year many people have had questions on how to connect there after market light up to the Yamaha plastic connector. Here is a little help.
:!: Caution soldering iron maybe hot, as you heat the wiring and the solder they will become hot as well. Please be careful. :!:

1st: Remove factory lights which you are replacing.

2nd: Cut the factory connectors off the removed lights. Ensure that you don't cut them to close to the end to give you a little wire room to work with.

3rd: Cut the connector off the aftermarket signals and prepare (Strip) the ends of all the wires. If not using a 3 wire light (front signal with running light do not strip the blue wire. Fold it half and tape.


4th: After heating up your soldering iron, coat the exposed tips of the wire with solder this is called tinning. After this step place your heat shrink over the wires but move so it's out of the way.


5th: Place a little solder on the tip of the iron (which is rested on its stand) and hold the wires that you wish to connect against the iron the way in which you would like the wires to be connected. The solder from the tip of the iron and the solder from tinning the wires will flow between them once it look like you have a good connection move wires from iron and hold them steady until the solder cools. After the solder cools ensure a good connection has been made and that there aren't any sharp solder point sticking up which will damage the heat shrink.


6th: Move the heat shrink over the new connection and heat the heat shrink using a heat gun or for smaller applications like this a candle works well. Be careful not to over heat the wiring.


7th: You can cover it with the factory plastic covering or cover in electrical tape if desired. And now you’re done. Aftermarket lights with OEM connection that will last as long as the factory wiring would have.

 

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I de-soldered the wires from the sockets in the stock lights and resoldered the wires into the new sockets of the new lights, no splicing anywhere, but it's just owner preference, all depends on how anal you are. In reality, it doesn't matter if you tape, splice, solder, as long as they are good to go and light up.

Good job on the write-up, should come in handy for those with questions.
 

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i agree- very well write up= A+
good pictures too!
now if someone good do a how-to on the basics of soldering that'd be great too lol i blow at soldering. i'm more of a splice'n'connector guy. it's not as pretty as the solder'n'heat shrink but it gets the job done

good write up sschulz
 

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Thank you. It's my first “how to” write up and I was getting my Gregg’s flush mounts ready to put them on today so I figured I’d take a few pics to help someone out. Thanks for the feedback. :drink
 
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