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post #1 of 42 Old 03-04-2015, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Help with electrical

I'm on the road without a schematic or device big enough to look at one.
Here are the symptoms:

Temp gauge died at the start. It tried, got to 120, then went to dead cold. Did the same this morning. After that it reads dead cold.
Turn signals are intermittent and flakey. When they work, only left works. Right tries to blink once, then quits. When they work, the indicators work.
High beam indicator does not work. High beam headlight does work.
Neutral indicator works.
Tach works.

Any help with a diagnosis from the schematic would be appreciated before I yank the fairing.

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post #2 of 42 Old 03-04-2015, 06:20 PM
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Tom, it sounds I like you may have a loose frame ground.
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post #3 of 42 Old 03-04-2015, 07:45 PM
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Tom, it sounds I like you may have a loose frame ground.
Could definitely be the case!

Regardless, looks like something (bad or non-existent connection, short, etc.) is compromising the main voltage source.

Without wiring diagram viewing capability, crash into a motel with a "business center" (like a Holiday Inn Express), ask the staff to let you borrow their computer for a moment to print out: http://s414.photobucket.com/user/Rob...ected.jpg.html . Absent a convenient motel, a library might offer this service to a poor, wayfaring stranger, traveling through this world of woe.

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post #4 of 42 Old 03-04-2015, 08:39 PM
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Tom,
Electricity is my biggest 'down-fall', especially by remote!
But, as has been suggested, 'Ground', maybe the connection at the 9 pin connector, going to the instruments.
If all else fails, remember 'its built for the Apocalypse', just ride it!

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It seems to be related to things that 'reside' in the cluster and a ground seems likely. The 9 pin may be it.

It's been this way for 500 miles; another 500 won't be the end of the world if a simple plug and unplug doesn't fix it or if there isn't something obvious.

Not interested in a campground teardown, so popping the fairing is as far as I want to go.

Thanks everyone!

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May the force be with you Tom!

But, have you tried whompin' on the dash in an exploratory fashion?

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Greetings from Avila Beach.

I do beat the thing rather mercilessly. But there wasn't a big enough hammer in camp.

It seems it's the 9 pin. Took that out and reseated it twice. The temp gauge now works, but may be reading low. Blinkers are still intermittent and high beam indicator doesn't work. The blinkers worked fine at first, but quit once underway.

More fiddling required once back in camp if beer doesn't get in the way. We have had a problem with that the past couple of evenings...

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Progress! Good!

If you still might find a wiring diagram useful, roll up to the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo; I'm sure the concierge there will be delighted to help you print it out!

Coastal freighters once called at Avila. At the north end of the beach, you can probably still see the railroad right-of-way leading up toward San Luis Obispo. Railroad cars coasted down to the port by gravity; were loaded, then pulled back up to SLO by mules (no KLR650s back then); after the cars were unloaded, the mules were loaded aboard and then coasted back down to the seaside . . .

Glad you're approaching a solution to your electrical problem, Tom; good tip from Paul!
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It's baaaaack!

I'll try scrubbing the pins tonight and see what happens.

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Tom,
I sometimes use my pocket knife to slightly 'de-form' the female connectors to get a tighter grip on the male pins or posts. Be a little gentle.

Keep your minds out of the 'gutter', guys!

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