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Old 12-15-2008, 05:27 AM   #1
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Default Tail Light Integrator/Modulator

I recently failed inspection (NJ) for having a tail light modulator on my 1996 Ninja ZX-6R. This bike is new to me, so I have no idea who did the installation on the modulator/tail light integrator (bike has no blinker stalks anymore). I have attached pics of the wiring and the modulator/integrator unit. I have searched the Internet for wiring diagrams or instructions on this modulator (which seems to be the same as the Competition Werkes Assimilator) with no success.

The wiring layout goes something like this:

FROM JUNCTION BOX TO MODULATOR:

GRAY --> YELLOW --> RIGHT TURN SIGNAL
GREEN --> ORANGE --> LEFT TURN SIGNAL
BLUE/RED --> RED --> BRAKE
RED --> GREEN --> TAIL

FROM MODULATOR TO LIGHTS:

BLUE AND BROWN --> LEFT TURN/BRAKE
WHITE AND PURPLE --> RIGHT TURN/BRAKE
BLACK/YELLOW --> BOTH
GRAY --> ??? (NOT CONNECTED)

Does anyone have any experience installing these things that can provide me with directions on how to turn off the modulating light and make it solid when I apply the brakes? Apparently this is an installation option when you connect the unit, but I have no idea what to change. Thanks in advance...



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Old 12-15-2008, 05:48 AM   #2
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Since you've already done the internet searches on finding the unit without success, consider a quick work-around. Some of these things are from obscure off-shore sources.

There's voltage coming from the BLUE/RED --> RED --> BRAKE circuit when you apply the brakes, right? Get a 12vdc relay at the parts store and use that voltage to trip it. Then use a different 12vdc source (direct to the battery or whatever is handy) to the relay input and then wire the relay output to the brake light input. The system will still be modulating, but your relay circuit will "over-ride" it with steady voltage so it gives them the steady-on they're looking for.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:05 AM   #3
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You didn't fail for having the "modulator" - they failed you because you don't have separate amber tail lights.
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Old 12-15-2008, 07:18 AM   #4
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You didn't fail for having the "modulator" - they failed you because you don't have separate amber tail lights.
I've never understood those things. Aren't they illegal in all 50 States? It's not like you can hide a lack of stalked turn signals from the donut munchers.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:06 AM   #5
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Myself, I could see maybe using one IN ADDITION to the amber lights - but NOT in place of them. There's not nearly enough separation in any dual-bulb motorcycle tail-light for anyone behind you to notice it - even when I'm riding behind someone I KNOW has one of these things, I miss their signal about 1/2 the time or better.

Hate the damn things, dumbest F'n Farkle anyone ever came up with.

Next to the "Flip ~N~ Hide" License-plate holder, that is.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:23 AM   #6
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You guys are pretty tough on these things. I was informed by a previous poster that these guys are already riding the safest bikes on the road. What else do you want?
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:14 AM   #7
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You guys are pretty tough on these things. I was informed by a previous poster that these guys are already riding the safest bikes on the road. What else do you want?
Was that the PRE-stick previous poster or the POST-stick previous poster?
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:40 AM   #8
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Was that the PRE-stick previous poster or the POST-stick previous poster?
Also, is that the stick from 3-years-ago, or the stick from last month?
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You didn't fail for having the "modulator" - they failed you because you don't have separate amber tail lights.
Which I think raises the question: who in their right mind is going to go and reduce their profile from behind by installing these combined tail/brake/turn LED systems? They sell one for the Strom, and after seeing the manufacturer's own video demo, I'd say the installer went from nearly invisible to cages to completely invisible.

Even though I hardly use them, I've taken to leaving the hard bags on the Vee just so I have those big, bright, in-your-face LEDs from admorelighting.com out there. The factory turn and brake are barely adequete, but even a Q-Tip would have a hard time missing the LEDs.
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:04 AM   #10
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It's really hard to see those LED's when you are texting your girlfriend and punching the CD player to get to that new CD you just got. I don't think the 'profile from behind' is reduced all that much because on 90% of motorcycles the turn signals only light when you activate them. People may have no idea that you want to turn, but that is what you have arms for. I believe a hand signal is at least as effective for signaling than any light bulb if for no other reason than when the driver sees your arm waving around they ask themselves 'What in the hell is that guy doing??"
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