So, I am the kind of person to buy something cheap and make it work. Sometimes it burns me, but most of the time I find if you have a little common sense mixed with ingenuity, add a sprinkle of spare time, and you can make many useful items on the cheap side instead of paying for someone else to do it for you.
In the spirit of this, I decided to buy a cheap E-bay Top Box that can fit 2 helmets for a very reasonable price of $50. However, I was looking at the Bestem 929 with integrated LED lights and wanted to still accomplish the brake lights. Enter Amazon LED strips.
Now, I am not sure if I am allowed to add direct links to the product on Amazon, so I won't. However, if you search Cutequeen 30CM or Cutequeen LED you will find it. They are 12" LED strips that use 3M sticky tape as a way to secure themselves to an object. I am going to guess the wiring used is 22 AWG and the connection to the LED strip uses a nice heat shrink on it. Feels sturdy enough.
Usual disclaimer here: You modify the bike at your own risk. I don't think any issues will arise if you do everything right, but me and this site are not responsible for any damages incurred.
So, onto the project.
What you'll need:
~Electrical Wire cutter and stripper tool.
~10mm Socket head and wrench.
~2 lengths of 16 gauge wire; 4 foot each. Color code them (red and black)
~16-18 Crush connectors (red color)
~16-18 gauge electrical bullet connectors
~Heat shrink tubing that will fit over connectors and ends of wires
~High strength bonding adhesive; I used Plastic Weld but a semi flexible bond will work better
~Duct tape (holds wires in place while drying)
~Drill and several size drill bits.
~Your top box/luggage!
So here is the top box I got:
So the first thing you will want to do is remove your top box
Next, use your key to remove your seat by placing the key in the left rear key hole on the rear fender. Lif up and back on the seat at the same time.
Next, use a 10MM socket and remove the 4 bolts holding in the luggage rack.
Next remove your rear fender. To do this, you will need the right Hex head ( I don't have off hand) and also a needlenose pliers. Use the hex head to take out the rear hex bolts on either side of the fender by the license plate light. Next locate the 4 plastic fender clips and remove them, using the needlenose pliers to push out on the pin from inside the plastic. DO NOT pull on the outside ring to remove, they WILL break and then you have creaky plastics if you don't replace them.
Next, carefully slide the fender off. DO NOT pull hard as there are many wires connected under there, and they don;t give you a whole lot of room to pull off with. The wires underneath will look like this:
Now, thanks to greywolf, the wiring you are looking for to add the extra brake lights is as follows:
Ground - black w/ white stripe
Brake hot - white w/ black stripe
Tail light hot - gray (brown if ahead of fender)