Electrical - Headlights


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tsandvik
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Electrical - Headlights

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Are the headlights suppose to come on when the ignition is turned on? Or do they only operate after the bike is running. Position lights come on right now but not the headlights with the new LEDs installed. Dont remember on the 1500 is the lights all come on and then go out while cranking the engine.

Nice to know before I start tearing back to check the lines going to the new lights.



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Re: Electrical - Headlights

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Headlights should come on as soon as you turn the ignition all the way to the on position, even if the engine is not running.

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Also pressing start button turns the headlight off.

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Post by oldmopars »

BTW, I also assumed due to your Florida address that you have a USA spec bike. I think the non-US bikes had a switch to turn the lights on or off, but US bikes it is required by law for them to be on all the time. In the off chance that your left switch cluster was swapped out with an over seas one, this would have a switch, however it is not likely.

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Well I did what I first should have done is check the fuse. Blown. When replaced I get a quick flash on and hear the relay at back of bike click. However the headlight does not stay lit. Fuse holds.

Now I am really at a loss. Seems things are good back to the relays. Only thing I can think of right now is a faulty relay. Any idea if this relay is one that is accessible under the seat or is it buried under the luggage box?

(Bit Later) After reading a couple of other old problems...I had taken the brake master off to rebuild. Is it possible that this symptom could be caused by mixing up a couple of the wires reconnecting. There are two larger spades and two smaller. Is there a correct set on the smallers?



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