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redrider 96
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headlight

Postby redrider 96 » Mon May 12, 2014 3:33 pm



I have a 96 wing and my headlght only comes on when the bike is put into reverse,it had gone out and Ireplaced the fuse under the relays and it worked for a while.



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Re: headlight

Postby virgilmobile » Mon May 12, 2014 4:17 pm

I guess that driving in reverse is out of the question so the next question is....is the fuse(below the relay) blown or just loose in the socket.....???
Can you hear the relays click when you switch between hi and low beam.??There's 2 of them..

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Re: headlight

Postby redrider 96 » Tue May 13, 2014 10:47 pm

Thank's for the help,the fuse under the relay was broke.I replaced it and it came on, but what could be causeing it to blow.

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Re: headlight

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 14, 2014 7:09 am

I'll look into that.
Can you tell me what size the fuse is and how it is bad.
Did the link inside break or burnt a black spot.
One is a slight overload ,a black spot is a heavy overload.
take a close up picture.How it blew is a tell sign for me.

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Re: headlight

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 14, 2014 9:28 am

At the moment,I find that the fuse under the relay should be a 5 amp fuse...It's takes 12 volts from switched ignition and feeds the start button and then the hi/low switch...from there the switch goes to each relay....
The only other connection that the schematic shows is a diode tied into the reverse circuit....Thus the reason the headlight comes on in reverse.....

Possible reasons the fuse would blow....
A bad relay...for what they cost (cheap) you could replace both of them...
A intermittent diode...same idea...just replace it.
Any add on lighting or circuits attached to those wires...blue/white..white...blue..or the feed brown/red wire...
A trailer plug or extra lights.
There's always a possibility of a chafed or pinched wire.....

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Re: headlight

Postby redrider 96 » Wed May 14, 2014 10:06 pm

Thank's the fuse is a 5 amp and no black spot on it just broken,I will check the relay tomorrow and replace them.

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Re: headlight

Postby virgilmobile » Wed May 14, 2014 10:16 pm

Hmmm.Fuse link broken not burnt with a large gap indicated just a slight overload not a dead short.
If you have the means,attach a amp meter in place of the fuse,start the bike and switch between hi and low beam.Measure the current.
The circuit should be well below the 5 amp rating of the fuse.
I would have to measure one to be certain but I'd expect to see under 2 amp.
If its close to 4.2 or more,a sudden voltage change could be enough to pop the fuse.
Those relays don't or shouldn't draw much power.It is possible one is intermittent inside causing the problem.
Keep us posted please.

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Re: headlight

Postby BikerBuck » Thu May 15, 2014 8:19 am

My brothers 1500 had the same problem, it turned out to be that the start button was sticking partially in. Not enough to engage the starter but enough to disconnect the headlamp. When put in reverse it will back feed through the headlamp. A little silicone spray or similar product in the start button cured the problem.

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Re: headlight

Postby ecarmichael » Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:27 pm

I just absolutely love using this forum to figure out what is going on with my 1500, two clicks and I was smack dab on the answer. So glad all I needed to do was spray a little contact cleaner and all is well with my world. Thanks y'all.




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