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post #1 of 8 Old 05-06-2009, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Need some help with headlight!

My brother came by yesterday to ckeck out my KLR and we decided to take a spin with me on the XS650. We noticed my headlight and taillight didn't work. Brake light does work, though, and all the other electrical.

Fuses were good. Replaced the headlight bulb before noticing the taillight didn't work either. The only thing I can think off was maybe when I lifted up the tank and slid it back to do the $.22 mod, that maybe I pinched or tore a wire. I'll check that out after work.

Is there another fuse I'm not aware of besides the ones under the seat?

Bike only has 1900 miles, and as far as I know has never been soaked wet by rain or washing.

I would really like to get it figured out before Sat.'s dual-sport ride.

Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Jay
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-06-2009, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Well, after using the search function, I've discovered that blown headlight fuses seem to be a common problem.

The 10A didn't seem blown, and I didn't have one around to replace it with. I had fuses blow before and you can't tell because they melt at the end and you can't see.

Going home at lunch and stopping to pick up some 15A fuses and see what happens. It's got to be something really simple like the fuse or maybe a plug that's come loose.

Guess I answered my own question, huh?

Still open for thoughts or advice, though!
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-06-2009, 10:03 AM
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Yeah, it's pretty common for that fuse to go. It helps if you switch between hi/lo quickly, too slow and it overloads the fuse when both lights hit in the middle of switching.

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-06-2009, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Red face never mind...

Well, it WAS the fuse. Put a 15W in and it's fine. I will now carry 1, if not 2 spares with me from now on, and maybe spring for the up-grade left switch-gear later on.

At least, in the process, I now have an up-graded Sylvania bulb!

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Jay
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-11-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Yea happened to me. Relocate the fuse holder near or in front of air box inlet to keep cooler. Works with my 10 amp fuse.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-11-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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Put the 10 amp back and move the fuse holder infront of the airbox inlet to cool it. Don't wannbe in de sticks and fry the harness
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-20-2009, 06:39 PM
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Tail light suddenly not working.

I filled my battery water (was real low after only 10K miles) and in doing so moved some wires under the seat around. After that my tail light would not work. First I checked the fuses under the seat and it was not that. The problem was that I had actually disconnected the clip on one of the large wires that you can easily see when you remove the seat. The catch inside the linke or wire clip had actually broken, so I had to do a good job taping it. As soon as I reconnected this wire, the tail light worked.
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post #8 of 8 Old 07-24-2009, 02:03 PM
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15W blade fuse for the lights is fine - have had mine in place for more than two years. I converted both fuses, as well as added a fuse for my Aux lights - all are mounted just below the left side plastic, accessible without removing anything. Covered in black e-tape for weather protection.
Works for me. Changed to the Sylvania headlight too.
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