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hugger-4641
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electrical problems

Post by hugger-4641 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:43 pm



Many of you have probably run into this problem and tracked it down, but I thought I would share in case someone else is having the same problem at the moment:

I lost my fuel and temperature gauge the other morning on the way to work. Noticed I had also lost my low fuel light, side stand light, OD light, and tail lights as well. Fortunately I have aux led lights all over the rear on an ACC circuit and these were still on. By coincidence, I went to adjust my suspension pressure and everything came back. Same thing happened again the next day, right after refueling. Adjusting air pressure again brought everything back. To make a long story short, #3 relay was the problem.



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Re: electrical problems

Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:04 pm

That is a a common issue...number 3 relay!!
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Re: electrical problems

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:21 pm

I think I'll add a relay to my "must have spare" list for the bike.
Thanks for the info,symptoms and problem.

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Re: electrical problems

Post by hugger-4641 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:20 pm

virgilmobile wrote:I think I'll add a relay to my "must have spare" list for the bike.
Thanks for the info,symptoms and problem.
Yes, I must do the same. I temporarily swapped the horn relay into the #3 slot until I can get a new one. Horn still works, so it may have just been dirty contacts in the relay, but I'm going to replace all of them for good measure and keep the old ones for emergencies.

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Re: electrical problems

Post by virgilmobile » Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:01 pm

Good idea.Dont order the expensive ones.I pay less than $5 each.

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Re: electrical problems

Post by dingdong » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:23 am

Virgil, do you have an aftermarket part number for that relay?
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Re: electrical problems

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:34 am

I'll get one.
In the mean time,stop by Napa or any good supplier,take in your relay and ask for a generic replacement.
Any 30 amp relay will work.There very popular in cars and trucks.
For work,I order them from "allelectronics.com" and "digikey.com"by the dozen.
I think there $2.30 each.
Next door (bumper to bumper auto) has them for $4.95 each.



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