Created: October 5, 2020
[0:00] Hey everybody! Braden here at SuperATV. Today we’re gonna show you how to install SuperATV’s Plug and Play Turn Signal Kit on this Can-Am Defender. So let’s jump right in!
The first thing we’ll do is flip our seats up. Come down here to the front bulkhead cover and we’re going to remove all hardware securing the cover.
Once that hardware is removed, we’ll come down here and remove the side panel. Then come to the back and remove the battery cover. You’ll have one twist knob here. Ours has already been removed, so we’ll pull this out and set it aside.
Grab the center cover and pick it up. Remove that as well, along with the front bulkhead.
As you can see here, we have some coolant hoses running through our bulkhead. We had a cab heater installed. If you have a cab heater installed too, you’ll need to remove it before proceeding with this installation. So we’ll just slide our coolant hoses out.
[1:37] Next we’ll remove our lower dash. We’ll start by removing these two screws here. Remove the handle, and then start going down through here and removing our hardware. We’ll have a T20 here and a T20 here, so we’ll go ahead and grab our T20 that we just had out. Set that aside.
We’ll have a T30 all the way straight back, in the center of this cubby, up against the firewall. We’ll have a T30 right here and a T30 here as well. Then you can remove your lower dash and we can go ahead and remove our final screw from the front bulkhead.
Remove the front bulkhead and then we’ll head out to the front of the machine. Lift up on the hood and remove this push pin, this push pin, and these pins. Remove those.
[3:28] We can lift our hood straight up and now our fenders will kind of pull back out of the way. We need to figure out how we would like to route our wires, so we’ll go ahead and grab our harness and start routing it.
We’ll pull our fenders to the side. Reach behind here and remove the 10 mm bolt. Do one right here. We’ll go ahead and remove it, and there will be one here behind the factory tool kit. We’ll have some torques, so remove these and this panel completely.
Then we’ll go ahead and start routing our harness up through here. Route it to the side where we want to install our turn signal indicators.
[4:32] The next thing we’ll do is route our harness exactly where we need it to go. We’ll pull our harness up and pull it through. Then feed it down between the headlights. There’s a little bit of space here. We’ll just run our wiring harness in between, like this, all the way across. Run it underneath here and all the way across. Right here is where our horn is going to mount.
Now we’ll come back and remove the tail lights. Then we’ll grab an 8 mm wrench and go right down through the hole here. There is a nut securing the reflector, so we can just grab hold of the actual reflector and spin it loose.
Once you’ve removed your reflector, I like to round everything up for this side. I’ll take my hardware and thread it back into my tail light so I don’t lose it. Then we’ll repeat the same steps for the opposite side.
[5:53] After that, we’ll flip our bed back and start feeding our harness to the rear of the machine. Start routing it through, toward the back of the machine.
Once we’re at this point, we’ll just route it down through here. Make sure we have enough room.
This is the right rear and that’s the left rear. So really, the next step is, we need to flip this back down. So we’ll go right here where our factory reflectors were installed and drill a hole. That is three quarters. Make sure it goes in there nicely.
[6:49] You’ll have to take your rubber grommet off here and install it to the hole. First, take your turn signal indicator and pop it through. So this side is good and done. Let’s do the same thing over here on the opposite side. Again, install your rubber grommet first. Then install your indicator light, just like that.
So the two rears are done. While we have our drill and our bit ready to go, we’ll go ahead and move to the front. Let’s go right here in the center and drill our hole. Then we’ll grab an indicator light and drop our harness down through there. Install the grommet.
Do the same thing on the opposite side.
[8:29] Now we have all of our indicator lights in position. I’m going to feed my harness down, coming through the side. Next we’ll go white to white on our connection, like this. Make sure it gets connected all the way, as good as it can get.
Then we’ll go black to green. Again, make sure you make a good, solid connection. We’ll do the same thing here on the opposite side.
What we’ve done is, we reached in through the plastic here and grabbed our two indicator light leads. As you can see, we got our black and our white. Again, we’ll just go white to white and then green to black. Make sure you’ve got a good connection there.
[9:13] Now we’re going to start mocking everything up with how it’s going to be. We’ll start feeding the wiring the way that it needs to go.
So we have our connections. Reach up into the pocket and grab our two leads. Same thing here, white to white and black to yellow on this side. We do give the option for a license plate holder light. Today we won’t be installing one, but if you have one, you can absolutely install that. It’s just a hot and a ground wire that’ll turn your light on.
We went ahead and figured out where we want to install our horn. We’ll show you how we test fitted in here and what we’re looking for. We’re looking for a place where we can get our harness through and everything lays down nicely and fits nicely, as it should.
We’re going to pop a hole right here in the plastic. You don’t have to use a stub bit but we already have ours out, so we’ll go ahead and reuse it. We’ll grab our horn and drop through the hole there. Lift it up and start our nut. Line it up like that.
We have just enough room to get our screw back in. We have enough room to hook the horn up. Then we’ll be ready to reinstall all of our front fascia hardware.
[10:59] Let’s put our push pins back in. We went ahead and pulled out our rocker switch panel. As you can see, there’s a stud here as well as right here.
This side will be our 12-volt keyed-on power source. This side over here will be our ground. We’ll locate our 12 volt and hook it on, and then we’ll locate the ground. Take the ground and slide it on as well.
We’ll go ahead and drill our hole here and install our turn signal switch. Once we have it and we know that it fits correctly, we’ll pop our switch back out. We’ll grab this right here and drop it down. Grab one of our nuts and thread it all the way down. Put our switch through.
Then we’ll take our nut for this side. Make sure we get this tightened here. A lot of times you’ll be able to take a socket or another wrench and just snug that up.
[12:38] Once that’s tightened, we’ll go ahead and install our cap. Now we want to find the wiring that goes to each of the lugs on the turn signal switch. We’ll run our wires up here, through our dash. Make sure our red wire goes on the center lug.
Now we’ll take our yellow wire and connect it. This is the one that controls the passenger side. Then take the green wire and connect it. Make sure you have your switch oriented like we do. Otherwise you may have to flip the yellow wire and the green wire, just to make sure it’s correct.
We have the horn button. It doesn’t matter how you wire these up. Just plug them in like this. We’ll check it real quick. So we know our horn works. Now we just need to find a good place to mount our horn button. I’ve decided to put my horn button right here.
We’ll remove our nut off of this. It looks like we need to make our hole just a hair bigger.
[13:59] Once we’ve drilled a hole for our horn switch, we’ll put on our nut that we previously removed from the switch on the back side. When that is fully tightened, you want to take this portion of the switch and reconnect it.
After it’s reconnected, you’ll grab the two wires that say “horn switch” on them. Connect them directly to the spades, just like that.
Now when we turn our key on, the turn signal kit is working properly. For the last little bit of wiring, we’re going to wire up our indicator light. All we did was crimp a bullet connector on the opposite end of the wire, that way it’ll plug into the indicator light.
We’re going to take the end that already had an eyelet crimped onto it. Slide it onto our ground. Throw a washer on there and then a nut. We’re also going to crimp a bullet connector onto this black wire coming off of the flasher.
[15:17] To test it, we’ll take a white wire and connect it to the white wire and the black wire to the black wire. We’ll turn our key on, turn the turn signal on, and as you can see, it illuminates just like that.
All that’s left is to go through and find a place to mount your indicator light. A lot of times, what I like to do is mount it up underneath the dash. It’s pretty bright. You don’t want it facing right at the driver or the passenger. If you can find a good place underneath the dash to maybe zip tie it up there, or to find anywhere that is suitable for you, that’s perfectly acceptable.
Once we’ve done that, we’re going to tidy up all of our wiring. Make sure everything is tied up and out of the way, and that nothing will get hung up on anything. Then reinstall your factory components.
That’s how super quick and easy it is to install SuperATV’s Turn Signal Kit on this Can-Am Defender! For more information on this turn signal kit or any of SuperATV’s great products, feel free to give us a call at 855-743-3427 or check us out online at SuperATV.com. Thanks for watching and we’ll catch you next time!
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