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post #1 of 11 Old 09-02-2013, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Brake light(s) not working - need advice

My rear brake light isn't working when either the hand or foot lever is applied. I thought I had a burned out bulb so I figured this was an easy fix. Of course I noticed 2 bulbs in the rear housing that act as both running lights and brake lights. Hmmm.... what is the chance that BOTH brake lights are burned out at relatively the same time? I checked the fuse and a few other things. Everything seems proper.

I took one of the bulbs to my local auto store and the fella behind the counter checked the bulb and both filaments light up independently. So, it looks like I have an issue with my brake light wiring, power, connection, etc... ???? I dunno... When I got back home and put the bulb back on the bike I noticed that both filaments are on at the same time. They both stay on and when I apply the hand/foot brake lever but neither of them gets brighter.

It might be worthy to mention that I installed a peg lowering kit from Rick the other day. Don't know if that has anything to do with the brake lights going kaputs or not. Need help.

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Since you just installed a peg lowering kit, I think I would start down in that area, sure you got the stop switch adjusted correctly? I understand thats part of the procedure for the lowering kit..Good luck....Pete
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Do pull up on the spring to the rear brake light switch to test it. When people report no brake lights from either brake lever, it's usually a matter of the brake light being stuck on, almost always at the rear brake light switch.

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Pbarn, I just got done fixing my problem. It was indeed the peg lowering kit that I recently installed. The spring wire had too much tension on it (from being lowered a full inch) and this caused the brake light to be "on" all the time. When I hit the brake lever, nothing happened, because it was already activated!!! Been that way for a couple of days now

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Pat, you nailed it. It was "ON" the whole time, and not off or burned out. Fixed and back to normal now. Relatively speaking...

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Pbarn, I just got done fixing my problem. It was indeed the peg lowering kit that I recently installed. The spring wire had too much tension on it (from being lowered a full inch) and this caused the brake light to be "on" all the time. When I hit the brake lever, nothing happened, because it was already activated!!! Been that way for a couple of days now

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