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post #1 of 39 Old 11-06-2015, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Newbie has a problem..lights out on his 2006

Hey guys. need help. I have a green 06 klr... Never had any problems with it. done just general maintenance on it..I went to leave work, and the head light, tail light and dash lights are out.. bike runs fine. neutral light works. brake light works. parking light works, blinkers work....This is the first issue I have had with this bike. sad to say, I don't even know where fuse box is....right now its my only ride, so I need to fix it quick.. I am not a good electrician, so please be patient with me....thanks
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post #2 of 39 Old 11-06-2015, 11:05 PM
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Fuse box should be under the seat. If it is a fuse it could also blow from a short. A wire may have rubbed through and is touching the frame somewhere.
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Those are all on a single fuse. As vinnie says it could be a short anywhere on that circuit.

Those glass fuses also come apart after enough years of rattling around. I'd replace the fuse and carry a spare. Check the wires for to all those lights for worn or pinched areas but don't panic if you don't find anything.

Lots of people change the fuse holder to use blade fuses. Glass fuses have worked for my KLR for well over 40,000 miles.

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thanks guys, good advice... yea ,it was the 10 amp fuse under the seat. Not sure why it blew, but just have to keep a eye on it....I bought this bike in 08 with 1400 miles on it... it has 18000 now....I live in Colorado, and bought it to drive to mtns, and trail ride.. turns out its a little too big for that.. I lowered it so get my feet on the ground...I still use it for dirt roads and county roads, and for camping.. it will carry all my gear for a camping trip....which is cool.. I have been putting off doing the valves.. still starts easy, but I know its due..... never done a cup motor before.......I keep it because its reliable and tough...
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It's the high altitude. 10 amp fuses are only good to about 2,000 feet. ;-)

Many of us switch the Headlight Fuse to 15 amp because it is possible to blow the 10 amp if one is slow in switching between high and low beam. I also go up to 20 amp on the Main Fuse although it isn't subject to the headlight load since the VRR supplies power to the White Wire between Main Fuse and Ignition Switch.

Someone recommended going to weatherproof inline blade type fuses and I add to that recommendation. The inline holders are usually long enough to drop down beside the frame upright so they can be reached without pulling the seat. Ditto to changing the Cooling Fan Fuse.

At $4.50 for five holders, it's worth keeping some around, IME.

5 Pcs Waterproof Power Socket Mini Type In Line Fuse Holders With 10A Fuse SR1G





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thanks guys, good advice... yea ,it was the 10 amp fuse under the seat. Not sure why it blew, but just have to keep a eye on it....I bought this bike in 08 with 1400 miles on it... it has 18000 now....I live in Colorado, and bought it to drive to mtns, and trail ride.. turns out its a little too big for that.. I lowered it so get my feet on the ground...I still use it for dirt roads and county roads, and for camping.. it will carry all my gear for a camping trip....which is cool.. I have been putting off doing the valves.. still starts easy, but I know its due..... never done a cup motor before.......I keep it because its reliable and tough...
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Nice and cheap but I am so tired of being tempted to buy cheap chinese crap only to have it fail quickly. I'm at the point that I believe that Chinese mfg. create products just to fail. I've had too many issues with buying cheap junk, spending time to install, spending time to fix or uninstall that I just won't do it anymore.

For me I buy eastern beaver products. Good quality, much more expensive, but peace of mind often has a cost.

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Very many Chinese made products are of good quality and last for as long or longer than those made in other countries, IME. I am willing to bet a box of donuts that Eastern Beaver do not make their components, just as Kawasaki and virtually all equipment makers use the same practice.

I represent that I am both qualified and experienced to evaluate electrical components and see that the harnesses and other products brought to me to install are made of the same types and quality of components as are these.



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Nice and cheap but I am so tired of being tempted to buy cheap chinese crap only to have it fail quickly. I'm at the point that I believe that Chinese mfg. create products just to fail. I've had too many issues with buying cheap junk, spending time to install, spending time to fix or uninstall that I just won't do it anymore.

For me I buy eastern beaver products. Good quality, much more expensive, but peace of mind often has a cost.

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Easter Beaver products are made in Japan.

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So?......Not understanding your point.

I posted a link for a product which I know to be good because I use these frequently. You made a number of claims which remain unsubstantiated, including the insinuation that the fuse holders I linked are purposely made to fail. I'm calling you on that.
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My apologies Sir.

Not trying to cause a squabble and sorry if I came off wrong. I had some cheap chinese stuff fail the last couple of days and just venting.

I have used easter beaver on all my bikes and like their products. Just stating that they are Japanese made is all.

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