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Old 11-15-2012, 03:11 PM
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Default Wiring the Bestem 929 with LEDS to EB: walk-through

I searched for this before I did it but didn't quite find my answer, so I'll post it and maybe I'll remember it in the future if I need any more work
And I may help someone else in need.

I have a 2012 Glee. I had previously installed the Eastern Beaver brake light adapter to run the Admore LED brake and turn signal add-on. Now, I got a Bestem T-Box 929 with the LED running / brake light upgrade. And yes, now there will be a good amount of warning to drivers behind me - still short of my goal of retinal damage to tailgaters - but I digress.

When you check the T-Box, the Bestem T-Box will have separate leads running from the lid brake light, and the LED lightbar on the main housing base. The factory installed hole in the base of the T-Box is small, smaller with the grommet installed. I considered replacing the internal wiring with uniform wiring, but then, for the sake of convenience I just used the wires there, but it's a tight pass to get all the wiring and shielding through the bottom of the box.
Once the wiring was routed out of the box, I grouped them and installed a 6 point Weather Pack quick-disconnect (QD) from Performance Plus Connection (I could splice down for a three prong connector as explained below, but I decided to keep each connection individual).
There are five wires leading from the Bestem (namely: large brown, large blue, small red, small green and small black). By elimination, observation, and luck, I figured that the blue is the lid brake light common, brown brake light hot, small red LED bar brake light, small green LED running lights, small black LED common.
In the recieving end of the 6 point QD, and tied to the Eastern Beaver wiring harness, only the red, black and white are used. Just keep the other wires insulated and away from the project at hand. I made black split into commons for the LED bar and the lid brake light, red split for brake hot wire and LED brake, and white to LED green (running light).
In sum here's a run-down.
Eastern Beaver black to Bestem blue and black (spliced into one or split on the common)
EB red to Bestem red and brown (joined as above)
EB white to Bestem green

This gives me a QD coupling between the bike and the box, and keeps it accessible for future work (maybe LED turn signals). The finish job was fairly clean and left enough wire length to make the connection without contortions.

I hope this helps someone, or saves some time!
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You are the man ..... thank you thank you ....saved me untold hours...

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:58 AM
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I looked on Performace Plus Connection's web site but couldn't locate the connector you are talking about. I already have my wiring on my bikes harness (Eastern Beaver Brake Light Adapter) waiting for me to hook things up to my Bestem. Just hadn't decided on the connector I wanted to use. Could you provide a link to the connector you decided to use?
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:06 PM
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Thanks Mr. Nobody, I've been holding off doing my wiring. No excuse now!


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Old 04-12-2013, 03:15 PM
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Hey guys, I have been beating my head against the wall trying to source the connector that MrNobody used when yesterday I realized that what I was looking for was at any autoparts place (slaps self on forehead). I dropped by my local Advanced Autoparts and asked where their trailer wiring setups were. Picked out a 5 wire (you really only need a three wire connector unless you are adding turn signal lights in the box) and $16 later I was out in my shop hooking up my box.

A note: It is probably in your best interests to make yourself a wiring diagram for hooking this mess up as the colors don't stay consistant when moving from one wiring setup (the tail light harness from Eastern Beaver) to the trailer connector to the harness from the tail box. Some of my wiring colors changed 3 times, some just once. Just remember, it doesn't matter if the colors change, just that the wires go where they are supposed to.

Good luck everyone in wiring your Bestem Boxes. Mine looks great now all wired up and working. I used the top light for brakes btw along with one row of the wrap around lights (there are two rows of lights in that bar).

MrNobody's breakout colors are correct for my box too by the way.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:40 PM
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Thanks MrNobody and DougInKy.

I just hooked up my lights this weekend using MrNobody's wire color conversions and using a 4 wire trailer connector kit from Advance Auto Parts as similarly done by Doug.

I didn't like the connectors on the Bestem box so I cut them, fed the 4 wires from the long side of connector kit into the box, and spliced the necessary wires there, leaving one unused wire from the kit. The short side of the kit naturally went to Eastern Beaver adapter.

The posi-locks as recommended from EB worked great and were super simple. I recommend using them too.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:09 AM
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My riding buddy and I went for a longish ride this past weekend. He told me that the lights on the top box made a huge difference in rear end visibility on my bike even during the daytime. He said that after dark, the rear of my bike was lit up so well that it would be hard to miss seeing the rear of my bike and when I put the brakes on it kind of jumped out to him that brakes were applied. This is nice to hear as he had always complained that I didn't have enough light and such from the rear of my bike prior to this.

Knowing all of this now, I am really happy with my Bestem Tbox 929. Even happier knowing that the box only cost me $110 plus shipping (I don't remember how much shipping was but it wasn't outrageous). I did have to buy some shorter bolts to mount the adapter plate onto my luggage rack but that was only about $3. I have had this box for over a year without hooking the lighting up and especially after hooking the lighting up this is for sure a "I would buy it again" item. I would take this over any other box I am aware of now.
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Is there any chance in posting pictures of your work? I for one would like to see the box and connections both on and off the bike if it's not too much trouble. Thank you for posting this by the way. We're always looking for better ways to be noticed!
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:23 PM
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Here are some pictures of what I did. Again, I used a 4 wire trailer wire connector kit and the wire conversions discussed above by MrNobody.

This first one shows the uncovered Posi-lock connections between Eastern Beaver brake adapter (version 2 connected as version 1) and the trailer connection. I have the purple wire from the EB adapter tapping into the EB red/trailer brown to form the version 1 connection. EB blue and yellow are individually taped off and then taped together since they're currently not used. I'm not using the yellow trailer wire. I also pulled out the EB adapter so you can see its connections to the bike's wires in the back.


This one shows the long end of the trailer wires that feed into the box. The 4 wires make a very snug fit through the provided hole.


Here are the in box connections.The wires on the bottom go to the lid and bottom lights. The wires going into the corner of the box are going outside. There are Posi-locks under the electrical tape connecting the box's wires to the trailer wires. Since the wires on the bottom of the box very thin, I spliced them with the corresponding wires from the top of the box using the Posi-locks. The connections seem good so far.


I use the liner offered by Bestem. So I'm not too concerned with securing the wires on the bottom at this time since they'll always be covered and nicely tucked away by the liner and also kept in place with the snug fit through the hole.


The in-bike wires with some heatshrink tubing on them.


The in-bike wires tucked away some and with a wire cover on the trailer wires leading to the box.


Wires covered and seat back on.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:41 AM
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I won't bother posting pictures as my setup is pretty much the same as above with the only big difference being that I soldered my connections.
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