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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are our most commonly asked questions. Please don't hesitate to contact us with additional questions or inquiries.
Will the Kody Light work on my rack?
Custom Rack Lights are designed specifically to mount and cleanly integrate onto specific brands of bike racks. We currently have a portfolio of custom lights for the Thule Pro, Thule Classic, Thule EasyFold, Kuat NV 1.0 and 2.0, and 1Up, 1Up Equip-D, Hollywood (Sport Rider, Trail Rider, Destination and RV Rider) and Yakima HoldUp EVO. If you own one of these racks, purchasing a custom Kody Light is your best option.
We also have two universal lights, rigid and flexible. The Rigid Universal Rack Light is designed to mount to any rack, bike or other device on the back of your vehicle. It uses either Voile straps for a temporary flex fit for easy install and removal or 2" u-bolts for a sturdy and rigid fit. The Flex Universal Rack Light is smaller and lighter and designed for installation using the Voile Straps.
If you need a custom light for your rack please send us a message and let us know. We're working on the next set of custom lights and would love to hear your input.
How does the light work and what are it's functions?
The light connects to a standard 4-pin trailer connection and can be connected with adapters to 7-pin and other connection types. It works just like a trailer light to display tail lights, brake light, hazards and sequential turn signals. See the image below for a visual or our video page to see it in action.
The sequential turn signal lights up the LED sequentially from left to right for a right hand turn and right to left for a left hand turn. Since the turn signals use the same bulbs as the brake lights the brake lights override the turn signal. If you turn on your turn signal it will signal a turn but once you hit the brakes then all lights show the brake indication. This is not a normal issue when changing lanes but when making turns we recommend signally well in advance and then braking normally.
The LED lights are super bright! For more info on LED trailer light systems see "How To - LED Trailer Lights"
Are these lights waterproof?
Yes, our lights are IP67 rated waterproof, with fully submersible construction and design for total protection from dust intrusion for exceptional all-weather durability.
How long is the 4-pin trailer cable?
We have three cable lengths available; 5' and 9' and 13'.
Short - The 5' or 60" cable runs close to 70" long. This is long enough to connect the light across most four bike racks plus a little slack. We also sell 60" extensions that can be used if needed to cover extra length from hitch extensions or swing out racks.
Long - The 9' or 108" cable runs closer to 116" long. This is long enough to route across the entire rack plus hitch extensions and most swing arms with a two bike rack.
Super Long - The 13' or 156" cable runs a little longer at about 160" and can handle everything including a large four bike rack with a large pivot.
It's best to measure your set up from where the light is installed to the connection on your vehicle to determine which cable length will fit.
Is the light visible and can it be seen when in the up or stored position?
The light is not 100% visible when the rack is in it's stored position. But as you can see from the image below the light is definitely bright enough to be seen and still communicate your vehicles brake, tail and turn signals. This photo also displays the Thule Pro installation which is the only rack where the light does not stick out the end of the rack. The center beam on this rack blocks the middle of the light.
Can I mount the Universal Rack Light in different orientations and locations on my rack?
Yes, the Universal Rack Light is designed for installation in a variety of creative ways. The light provides left and right-hand turn signal so the orientation to provide these signals correctly.
We recommend installing the light centered on the rack or behind your vehicle or load.
Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we can ship internationally. We will need to coordinate the shipping with you, so please email us directly for international orders.
Can I buy this at a local store?
Yes, you can find and purchase Kody lights at Ken's Bike Ski Board in Davis, CA.
We are also fulfilling online orders while working on partnerships with other retail establishments. Please feel free to tell your favorite retail store about Kody Technologies Rack Lights.
For the Universal Rack Light, what size straps come with it, and what is the largest frame member I can attach it to?
The Universal Rack Light comes with two 15" long Voile Nylon Buckle Straps. These are, in our opinion, the best straps on the market. They are strong, well tested in the market, and can hold through some of the worst conditions. We will be selling extra straps including longer and shorter versions if you're in need. Check out our stock and order them with your Rack Light so they ship for free!
How does the Voile strap work?
The Voile Straps are constructed of a polyurethane that is exceptionally durable. They're semi-elastic, so you can tighten your load by twisting them. These straps are weather-proof thanks to a UV-resistant component. Voile Straps flourish in harsh conditions, whether hot or cold, wet or dry. These straps offer a natural anti-slip attachment method to keep the light from shifting during transit.
For the Universal Rack Light, are there any other methods to mount the bracket?
Yes, the Universal Rack Light comes with 15" Voile straps but any other hook and loop strap or similar attachment method will work. The light also comes with and is designed to mount using 2" u-bolts in a few different orientations.
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