Lighted Flag-will this work? - ATV Enthusiast Community

Go Back ATV Enthusiast Community > Brand Discussions Area > CAN-AM (BRP)

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-27-2006, 02:13 PM
Pro Rider
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 240
Default Lighted Flag-will this work?

I am trying to wire in a lighted Stiffy Whip to my DS 650, and I'm hoping to get some input before I get started. I am not very good with wiring, so I want to make sure I don't fry something. I have decided to wire the whip directly to the battery, instead of tapping into the taillight, so that I can have the whip light on (for beverage stops at the dunes) when the headlight and motor is off. I have a Battery Tender Jr., and it came with a fused connector for permanent attachment to the battery (red ring to positive battery terminal, black ring to negative battery terminal, fused close to the battery connection, with a "hermaphrodite" SAE connector on the other end. I have now connected this to the battery, and zip tied the SAE connector to my grab bar.

I can now, instead of using the alligator clips that also came with the Battery Tender, plug into my Battery Tender using the SAE connector that is now zip-tied near my grab bar. The alligator clips, which I now don't use anymore, also have an SAE connector on the other end. What I want to do is cut the metal clips off and now use these wires to connect my lighted whip. There are two wires coming from the whip, I plan to connect (crimp on some spade connectors) these two wires to the wires that previously had the alligator clips at the end. I would then have a good solid connection point for the whip wires, easy to plug and un-plug, without the need to wire in a switch. Will this work? Is using wires that are/were designed for the Battery Tender a bad idea, or does it not matter (wire is wire right?). Also, in my scenario, I am not grounding any connections to the frame. Is that not necessary because I am ultimately connected to the negative battery terminal? Input from anyone who has wired in a whip, or who has wiring experience would really be appreciated. Sorry for the long post, I hope it makes some sense.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2006, 02:39 PM
Pro Rider
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,542
Default Lighted Flag-will this work?

You will be fine with all that. Get a multi tester, and poke it around to make sure there are no crossovers or leaks, but the way you describe your setup is right on.

EDIT: I might be worried about running the light with your bike off... I don't even turn my lights on until I have had the bike running for a couple minutes, but I also run 200 watts of lights. Just make sure you have a switch to turn it off when you are not using it.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2006, 03:08 PM
Pro Rider
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 240
Default Lighted Flag-will this work?

Thanks for the reply. I hear what you are saying, I definately don't want to have a dead battery at China Wall at midnight. I am running 170 watts of lights (65w PIAA headlight, 55w PIAAs in Baja lights) plus my GPS is hardwired. I'm thinking that, using the SAE connector, plugging and unplugging would be almost as easy as flipping a switch. If we are at a beverage stop, and I hear a V8 rail coming towards us, I could just plug the light in so he knows we're there, for example. What would be involved in wiring in a switch? Would I need a relay or anything like that? I don't know how to solder at all, and wires I crimp tend to not hold very well, so I am trying to minimize the number of connections.
Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2006, 10:16 PM
Pro Rider
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,003
Default Lighted Flag-will this work?

wire it up to work off your cigarette lighter, i wont be able to0 go with you to glamis sorry mark
Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Battery light blinking then gets hot bzdok1234 Polaris ATVs - Ask an Expert! 30 02-23-2016 02:55 PM
Taotao 250 CDI hugemoth Chinese Quads 6 07-07-2015 05:37 AM
06 Ranger shuts off after fan cycles J-Mack Polaris Ranger and RZR 3 07-04-2015 05:19 PM
battery light blinking, help! bzdok1234 Utility ATVs 1 07-03-2015 06:32 PM
Lt160 transmission issue. bikedad3 Suzuki 2 07-02-2015 03:15 AM

650, atv, connect, ds, flag, flags, light, lighted, lit, make, quad, stiffy, taillight, unplugging, whip, wire, wireing

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:07 AM.

This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. FordŽ is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company