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wiring up a code3 mx7000 lightbar

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by m.$terner, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. m.$terner

    m.$terner Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    help? bought this a few months back and came with a 6 switch box as well. cant find a wiring diagram and code3's website is very blah. doesnt show a wiring diagram with colors on there. ive tried wiriing each individual line up to a battery to test but when i do the rotators on top dont all spin at full speed. 2 will go fast while one moves the slow and the other sits still. but if i change around which wires im using the other rotators will do the same thing too so i dont believe anything is wrong with the motors.a wiring diagram would help a lot though and they i can see if i need to replace anything. if anyone can help please respond. thanks
     
  2. doo-man

    doo-man Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    There is usually 1 ground wire for all the lights, there is individual wire for center, outboard, inboard, alley, takedowns, rear flashers. Your best friend is a pen/paper and write down what wire does what function. Does this unit have a rear arrow stick? If so get the proper controller for it as it wire totally different.

    Good luck.
     
  3. m.$terner

    m.$terner Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    i have an arrowstick for it but i bought it seperately. however im not wiring it in with the lightbar. im using a pigtail and running it off of my blinkers, 4 way flashers, and turn signals so that shouldnt play a factor.
     
  4. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    Just a while back I got a new switchbox and some new lights. Rerouted some of my current wiring, and like doo-man said, pen and paper works good. I sat out in my garage checking functions and writing them all down. Really helped out alot. As for your loss of power between rotators I'm not sure what that could be.
     
  5. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    The older Code3 bars sometimes had several grounds.. What are your wire colors?
     
  6. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    What safety lighting says would make sense, I bet if you hooked it up like you have been and then figured out the other grounds you would have full power....
     
  7. SafetyLighting

    SafetyLighting Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    It's tough to be sure without having the bar in front of me, but I'm pretty sure you will have a black wire, and several black wires with colored tracers; black w/ yellow, black w/ white, etc. They are all ground wires.
     
  8. cameo89

    cameo89 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    I've had a few of those mx7000's and wiring was different on all of them. As far as rotaries they make a slow and a fast rotator, so that's probably your issue there, as far as one sitting still, sounds like a bad rotator motor or bad ground! Best of luck to you.
     
  9. m.$terner

    m.$terner Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    sorry i forgot all about this thread. took it to a friend of mine and he set me up with another mx7000 he had w/ the arrowstick built in. ran all the wiring for me and used my switch boxes with breakers.did a very nice job.looks great on my truck too. he said mine had one motor burnt out but i dont think it was on the rotator and the wiring on it was to short to mess with it. using some parts off it but thats about it.but i know they made these for a number of years with lots of different options on them so that explains why Everytime id get a wiring schematic it wouldnt seem to make sense.
     
  10. 7d9_z28

    7d9_z28 Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    i just ran power to each wire to find what did what on mine..

    BUT mx7000 lightbars have two fast rotator and two normal speed, thats just how the factory made them
     
  11. m.$terner

    m.$terner Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    yeah now that mines all wired up i see that. so I wasnt doing anything wrong when i was testing them thats just how they were.