19 Feb 2017 Taillight Kit // 2017 KTM 350 EXC-F
When KTM decided to combine the EXC-F & XCW-F, they had to put a bunch of street legal stuff on it. Unfortunately to make the powers that be happy, a big jalopy taillight kit is included. Just like with my WR250R, I would definitely do something about this!
Here’s the stock taillight assembly…
Since this bike is now my trail and light adventure bike, I sure don’t need all this!!! So it was time to order a kit from Paul, he makes tidy kits that are very well made and have proven to work great. I sent him an email and after a short wait on KTM to get him parts, he was able to make a kit for me and ship it out. You can find him on on eBay here, his user name is pw_garfield.
PW Light Kit
This kit has signal, brake and plate light combined in to one taillight! The electrical connectors plug directly to the KTM stock wire harness too.
Build quality is top-notch! Check out the difference in size & there is a significant weight reduction too…
The installation is pretty straight forward.. but here’s how the install goes, this should save you some time and let you know what you are getting into.
To make the install as easy a possible, remove your seat and these panels:
Left Airbox cover
Left Side plate
Right Side panel
Right Tank panel
Remove the rear fender completely.. by removing the 4 bolts holding it on.. 2 are under the fender and the other two are attached to the subframe near the battery, which includes the ground wire to the frame. Now you can pull the fender rearward.
Remove the taillight assembly from the fender by removing the 4 6mm bolts. You will need disconnect these three small connectors.
Back near the battery, just pull this plug straight off.
Now you can pull the stock assembly off.. but before putting the new one on, I recommend connecting the new kit and make sure everything works, as well as you can label which turn signal connector is which. Use a random bolt and nut to attach the ground wire back to the bike frame.
Green is Right and Red is Left on the bike wiring harness.
Connect the large wire connector and one of the small ones, turn the bike on and hit the brake, make sure brake light comes on, hit your turn signal and see which signal is blinking, now you can mark that on the PW wire harness. I put a “R” with a Sharpie on the connector that the “Red” or Left turn signal connects to.
It’s now time to fish the wires up thru the plastics and put everything back together.
Pull the stock taillight wires back up towards the batter and zip tie them nice and neat.. To not impede the airbox area, I pulled the extra slack back up on top and ran the loop under the ECU, now all the connectors are right together…
Grab the new taillight kit and fender… run the wires up the hole in the fender and attached the kit to the fender with the 4 screws with a 6mm socket. Do not over tighten these!
Set the fender on your rear tire and pull down the back of the airbox and push the wire connector thru to the airbox space, under the frame crossbar. Here you can see the space the wires will feed through.
Slide the fender back into place as you pull the wire slack forward.. Make your connections and tidy your wires!
Time to put everything back together.. starting with the four fender bolts.. starting with the frame bolts that the ground wire is attached too…
When putting your plastics back on, pay attention to the backside of the panels as they have tabs that should fit nice and snug against the other plasticts/airbox. If it doesn’t feel snug and aligned then it’s probably on wrong. This is one thing I’ve noticed coming from Yamaha to KTM. The KTM is much more refined in even how the plastics attach to the bike!
If you have any questions or comments.. hit me up! Ride Safe!