The Road King’s stock bulky light bar and license plate mount will be removed for something a bit more sanitary thanks to Badlands and Lazer Star.
The rear Road King rear fender is a tad bulky to say the least. Cleaning up the clutter can easily be done in a few hours thanks to the folks at Badlands Motorcycle Products.
With Badlands’ Saddlebag E-Z Bolt-On Flame Throwers ($199.95), the stock turn signal light bar in the rear can be replaced with Badlands’ rectangular shaped turn signals that mount at the bottom of your saddlebags. Badlands went back to the drawing board to make installation more user friendly for the home mechanic to do so. All that’s needed is a drill, painter’s tape, and a tape measure and voila, you can be up and riding your newly lit bike in no time at all. Some soldering is also required, so you’ll have to mentally revisit those days from auto shop class. The E-Z Flame Throwers are available in red sequential, amber sequential, or solid red that can be turned into a run, brake, and turn with one of Badlands’ other great products, the Illuminator.
That sounded like a brilliant idea, so that’s exactly what we did. The Badlands Illuminator ($118.95) will allow the E-Z Flame Throwers the ability to perform run/brake/turn functions while it also increases visibility because of its load equalizing circuitry. In other words, whenever LEDs are installed in place of halogen bulbs, they draw way less power so, in essence, the amount of power running to LEDs can make things go a little haywire since the brain (ECM) doesn’t know how to compensate without something telling it to. The Illuminator balances out the load going to the lower draw of power that the LEDs omit therefore compensating accordingly to run a consistent, smooth current.
Because ditching the bulky light bar would leave some unsightly holes where it was mounted, we contacted Lazer Star for one of its Harley-Davidson FL License Plate Relocator Brackets ($59.99). Made from stainless steel, the Lazer Star bracket plugs right into where your stock light bar once was, and you can move the plate down directly under the taillight to make things nice and neat. Badlands also offers a Lighted License Plate Frame ($84.95) that hooks right up to the Lazer Star bracket so it just made sense to install that as well. It features an LED strip that will keep the plate illuminated at all times when the bike is running, and more light on a motorcycle from a safety standpoint is never a bad thing.
The installation was very straightforward, only taking a couple of hours in our garage to complete the work. Follow along as we show you how it was done. This exact package with all components installed will be available from Badlands, so you don’t have to order these items individually; however, if you wish to do that, ordering a la carte is also an option.
1. The Badlands’ E-Z Flame Throwers (left) and Illuminator (right) allow for run/brake/turn function ability. As you can see, the Illuminator is a plug-and-play unit that bypasses the stock turn signal module, and the E-Z Flame Throwers are just that … very easy to install. The Lazer Star Plate Relocation Bracket (middle) was also needed to plug up the gaping holes where the stock light bar will no longer be. We also installed Badlands’ Ride Time Laydown Taillight in Red, which fits perfectly with the new plate/taillamp combination.
2. To get started with the install, we rolled the King on the lift, taped up the drilling template that comes with the E-Z Flame Throwers kit, and with some blue painter’s tape marked three holes near the bottom of each saddlebag.
3. We dimpled the bags with a nail punch where the mounting/wiring holes would be drilled. Starting with 1/16-inch bit for all holes, we ended with 1/4-inch holes to run the wires, and 3/16-inch holes for mounting the hardware that hold the Badlands Flame Throwers in place from the inside.
4. We then drilled a small hole for the Flame Throwers to exit each saddlebag, which we then routed up toward the ECM.
5. Once we completed the routing of the Flame Throwers wiring for both bags, we unplugged the stock taillamp and then removed the stock turn signal wiring from the lamp. Obviously, removing this component was the purpose of this article, so it will not be replaced.
6. This unit feeds power to the turn signals and taillamp in its stock state. The Illuminator will replace this unit and the factory turn signal connectors will fit right into the Badlands unit.
7. We needed to tap each black Flame Thrower wire to the factory turn signal wiring in order for it to work with the Illuminator. A little dab of solder on each black wire and some heat shrink did the trick.
8. We found an ideal place to mount the Illuminator, secured it with zip-ties, and then plugged in the factory connectors to the module. Installation of the unit was complete at this time.
9. Moving back to the rear fender, we removed the stock license plate mount since it stuck out like a sore thumb and went with Lazer Star’s relocation mount to tighten up the lighting/plate package all together.
10. Using some chrome acorn nuts and the stock hardware from the factory plate mount we installed the Lazer Star Relocation Bracket easily to the vacant holes left by the stock turn signal bar.
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11. Badlands sent out one of its new Illuminated License Plate Frames that we tapped into the factory wiring with solder and shrink tubing (one hot wire, one ground wire). With our connections made, we slid the license plate into place and mounted the Badlands frame onto the Lazer Star mount.
12. Last step was plugging in Badlands’ new Ride Time Laydown Taillight ($109.95) in place of the existing taillamp. It features 110 LEDs to keep those tailgaters at bay and is available in other applications for multiple Harley models as well.
13. Check out the difference between the two applications. The stock works just fine, but do you want to let “just fine” define you or your bike? Didn’t think so. Plus, our application is much more sanitary and positions the taillamp and license plate in a tighter package on the Road King’s rear fender. And with the overall brightness of the LEDs versus the halogen bulbs, well, that’s a feat in and of itself.