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Ordered the Top Case lighting kit from Admore.

On receiving it, the kit had the wrong wiring harness.  Four days after requesting a return authorization number, I was finally contacted.  They wouldn't give me a return number until I sent them digital photos of the incorrect kit.

Two days after the pictures were sent, I recieved a Pay Pal request from Admore with a note stating that it was a deposit that would be refunded once the wrong kit was sent back.  No further explanation of what parts to return, who was paying for the return, etc..  Two days later after several e-mails requesting further information, they called and said that they forgot to call me and that the kit was on its way and I would have to send the wrong kit back to them on my dime.  Not overly happy about that.  (Also, seems sort of odd that they declare the value of the harness at $15 but requested $50 from me as a Pay Pal deposit.)

With all that said, I started to work on the install.

The instructions start out somewhat like an old "Haynes" manual - "remove the appropriate panels to access the connectors".

Here's my take...

1. Remove seat

Looking from the rear, forward

2. Remove Top Case rack assembly.  (Four bolts.)
3. Remove small panel just under the grab rails.  (Two small bolts just forward of the panel)
4. Remove the "tray" - rectangular plastic form that sits between the frame rails.
5. Unbolt the tool box.  (Four bolts.)
6. Lift the tool box and connectors in foam block up and then lift the center wiring block.

7. At this point, you should be able to reach under the cross brace and pull the wiring bundle (inside a soft plastic cover) and pull the three wiring blocks that you'll need to access to either tap the wires or install the "plug and play" harness.

8. The process for placing the LED arrays and wiring the top case are pretty much straight forward from the enclosed instructions.  The only additional advice would be to ensure that you leave enough slack available to reach the top case once you've closed everything back up.

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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013, 03:11:06 am »
Below are a few more pictures of the install to give you an idea of the process.

After punching the hole, I used the white reflective paper as a template to locate the proper spot to drill through the lid.

It will take a bit of force to get the reflective panels back in place - start from either end and feed the reflector under the upper lid panel.

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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2013, 03:16:30 am »
Final assembly...connecting the led arrays with the cable harness, drilling through the top lid and putting it all together.

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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2013, 01:03:43 pm »

"2. Remove Top Case rack assembly.  (Four bolts.)
 3. Remove small panel just under the grab rails.  (Two small bolts just forward of the panel)"

These 2 steps are not necessary and were not even in my instructions. I just bought & installed mine 2 weeks ago. As far as them telling you that you have to pay shipping to return the wrong one they sent, I would tell them that if they want it back they have to pay for the shipping otherwise it looks like they are not going to get it!!!!!
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2013, 01:31:22 pm »
I'm giving you my take on how to go about it...your install may vary.  :great:

I removed my plate to make it easier to get to the small panel.  I routed my Admore harness up through the notch for the tailight assembly to make it a bit more clean looking.

As for those two steps not being in the instructions - that was my point: there were no instructions.  (For those people who have done automotive wrenching, they'll understand my reference to Haynes manuals.  That had a habit of using generic pictures or overly simple instructions.  "Remove engine attaching bolts - remove engine.")

They wouldn't send the correct harness unless I gave them a $50 deposit.  So, if I don't return the incorrect one, I'm out an additional $50.
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2013, 02:40:34 pm »
Sounds like the folks at Ardmore could use some serious help in customer relations training.
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Thanks for posting.
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2013, 04:08:55 pm »
Sounds like the folks at Ardmore could use some serious help in customer relations training.
There's no way I'll buy anything from those Bozos!#

Thanks for posting.

I disagree, I have this kit and the folks at Admore were top-notch for me, I'd buy again from them without concern.  :great:
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2013, 05:22:29 pm »
Sounds like the folks at Ardmore could use some serious help in customer relations training.
There's no way I'll buy anything from those Bozos!#

Thanks for posting.

I disagree, I have this kit and the folks at Admore were top-notch for me, I'd buy again from them without concern.  :great:

+1 Same here....nothing but pleasant and helpful.
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 01:25:22 am »
When I've ordered something from a company and it shows up without issue, I'd say the company is doing its job.

When they send the wrong product, take days to respond, don't believe that I recieved the wrong product and want photographic proof and then don't respond for several days, want $50 more or they won't send the correct piece and then expect me to send back the wrong cable on my dime...it gives me pause.  Maybe its just a "perfect storm" of minor errors but I'll have to consider other sources in the future.

All the posts I've seen have had nothing but good things to say, and that was considered when making my purchase.  My commentary isn't a critique of anyone else's purchasing experience just relating what happened to me. 
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 11:41:30 pm »
Sorry for the issues you had. Other than those, was the install straight forward. I have been thinking of purchasing for the visibility but I do not always ride with the topcase.

Also, is that where they want you to place the plug - direct front or do they give alternatives. :great:

                                               
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2013, 01:51:18 am »
Dave,

The install wasn't complicated once I figured out where the cable pig tails were hiding out.  (That's why I detailed my method with the pictures above.)

I would suggest going with the "plug and play" harness so you don't have to cut into your factory harnesses.

As for the location, they don't give you a lot of slack to play with so the logical place is within the top lid.  Pick your location. 

Minor points: You do have to drill three holes - two through the lid, behind the reflectors to run the wiring for the leds and one of your choosing for the plug in point.  As mentioned, they dont give you a lot of slack for the in case wiring and the plugs between the harness and the top case aren't the most robust bits.

Positive points: It works.  :)
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2013, 12:23:29 am »
Thanks for the information - if I purchase will go with the plug and play. Appreciate the photos.

                                                           
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2013, 01:09:23 am »
If you are going to order a Top Case Kit, order the extension harness, might be 18 " but if you want to run the wires out the bottom of the case you will need these. 2 nd kit  for me, first was for a E 470  and now an E 55. always looking to see what Admore has come up with next! Once you  light them up you will have nothing but compliments.

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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2013, 12:41:34 pm »
+1.  I used the extensions and drilled at the bottom left near the rear of the seat.  very clean install.

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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2013, 04:08:11 pm »
Are you all saying there is Admore "plug and play" harness that fits the C14?   I recently purchased the Admore light kit for the GIVI E52 topcase and the only harness mentioned was "The EZ Connect Module option for the Yamaha FJR1300 06+".  Admore's web site also mentions the same harness.  If you all have found plug-n-play harness for the C14, I appreciate if you say where, since I was about to go splicing the pigtails into the factory harness.
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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2013, 10:07:30 pm »
 1CX22-E55   will let you run the wires down and out the bottom, and   PH-KAW 1 , last item on page 2 of the Parts page again, plug and play harness

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Re: Admore Top Case lighting install - Trials and tribulations
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2013, 07:38:55 pm »
 So with no motivation to be outside doing yard chores in this morning's overcast conditions, I spent my morning trying install admore lighting kit purchased from PCA without success.  After spending more than an hour rechecking all connections I decided to give them a call.  As mother luck would have it, they close 1:00pm on Saturday and I only realized it at 1:10pm.  I have sent email to them requesting RMA# to have item returned.  Not sure what to expect since item has been sitting in my garage for past 3 weeks.  Anyway, per troubleshooting instructions, connecting Blue wire to  12V and Black wire to ground should be enough to turn on lights on the strips.  Has anybody who did this install find this to work?  I also do not find plug-n-play adapter, but PCA provided some neat POSI-TAP connectors that seem pretty neat. :(
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