High beam lights


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High beam lights

Postby robb » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:34 pm



Have lost high beam lights, bulbs are good. Flip hi/lo swith and only have low. Rarely ever use high but they must work to get bike inspected. They did work long enough for inspection but were out 5 minutes after. Have a DP\DT switch for passing lamps, might be easier to rewire.



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Re: High beam lights

Postby st4r50 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:51 pm

i would start by cleaning the switch with contact cleaner and a fuse check
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Re: High beam lights

Postby robb » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:16 pm

Done that, all good and switch cleaned. Thinking a broken wire.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby st4r50 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:46 pm

check common unprotected areas such as at the bulb or handle bar harness. also if there have been add ons added check where they get power and mounting location for harness interference
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Re: High beam lights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:00 pm

The power for the headlight goes to the switch, which then splits it to send it on one of two routes - low and high beam, each with a separate wire. Normally the failure point is the switch, but if you have an aftermarket added DPDT switch for passing lights, that would be the first place I'd look.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby robb » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:58 pm

Power leaves switch but does not reach headlamp. Switch for fog lights is independent from accessory point at fuses. None of the original wiring has been touched. Thinking of using headlamp switch to fire a relay, easy way to rewire without destroying harness.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby st4r50 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:08 pm

have you taken a ohm meter and checked for an open circuit between the switch and light? typically breaks or "open circuits" don't happen buried deep in the harness. it's usually where people can get hold of it or pinch the harness unless there is/has been damage for one reason or another.
make sure you check the connectors for damage such as corrosion, melting, discoloration, or mechanical damage. same goes with the harness at areas where people can get to it like at the back of the lamp itself.
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Re: High beam lights

Postby robb » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:38 pm

Electrial is the easy part, checked as much as I could. My manual is in the shop so I did'nt know if I was missing something. No damage whatsoever is visible, leaves switch but is not making it to light.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby furnacedoc » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:19 pm

Hello, I believe the dimmer switch only controls power to 2 relays ,one for high beam and one for low. I would check the high beam relay.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby robb » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:06 pm

Ok you got my attention now, where is the relay. Didn't know about a relay but that would explain why switch and bulbs are good.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby furnacedoc » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:30 pm

On my 97 wing they are in a relay/ fuse box on the left side under the pop off cover, You may need to loosen the left saddlebag to access the relay section, not sure. maybe someone else can tell you since i have not had to get to the relays yet on my bike. See ya on the road

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Re: High beam lights

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:47 am

Remove the left side cover to access the fuses and relays - some relays require you to loosen the left saddlebag to access them (great design there, Honda!). The layout on my 2000 is as shown, I believe earlier GL1500's are the same.

GL1500 Fuse and Relay Layout
GL1500 Fuse and Relay Layout

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Re: High beam lights

Postby robb » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:37 am

Thanks, that's what I needed. In process of moving the shop and manual is packed up. Will check tonight.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby robb » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:44 pm

Went to Honda dealer today and they wanted $33 for a relay, then said they would have to order one. They then said if I would spray contact cleaner into the socket it should probably be OK, relays rarely go bad or we would stock them. Kid at parts counter tried to tell me there were different relays for high and low beams, but all my relays have the same nunber. I'm betting it is about half that price at NAPA.

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Re: High beam lights

Postby bjatwood » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:06 pm

Well...how much were they at NAPA?

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Re: High beam lights

Postby robb » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:18 pm

The NAPA is within site of the florist but I have not walked across the street. Since I rarely use high beams and know what the problem is It can wait for the first rainy day. Was told in the $12 range.




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