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post #1 of 10 Old 08-20-2008, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Blown Fuse

I went for a ride 2 weeks ago and went down a pretty narly dirt road. I'm still a newbie to dirt so I was going rather slow but at the same time taking a pretty good beating!!

On my way home I noticed I had no headlight. Got home and realized I had not taillight either!! I decided to worry about this later and just parked the KLR.

Yesterday I finally took the seat off to see if I could run down the problem with the lights. It turned out to be an easy fix of a blown fuse!!!! I have no other electrical equipment tied into the lights and my gps is actually going straight to the battery.

So, I'm wondering why my fuse blew, and is this a common occurence with the KLR/ dirt bikes in general????

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-20-2008, 07:01 PM
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Shouldn't have blown. I'd check wires for fraying that might have shorted during your bumpy ride. And then it could have just been a bad fuse that couldn't stand the bumps.
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The reason most of the headlight fuses blow is due to the headlight switch being in the in-between position of Hi and Lo. More than likely while negotiating off road, your hand may have accidentally hit the switch causing the overload on the fuse. This is exactly why I have changed my fuses over to circuit breakers, particularly the headlight fuse. If it is tripped I only have to turn the key off and then it will reset and I will have lights again.

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Good info.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-20-2008, 08:15 PM
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Yep.. Even if you slowly switch from hi to low beam, you can blow the fuse. What happens is that the switch will allow BOTH beams to be on at a certain position, and it overloads the fuse..

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At worst, up your fuse by 5. IE: if the headlight fuse is a 15 amp, install a 20 amp.

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The reason most of the headlight fuses blow is due to the headlight switch being in the in-between position of Hi and Lo. More than likely while negotiating off road, your hand may have accidentally hit the switch causing the overload on the fuse. This is exactly why I have changed my fuses over to circuit breakers, particularly the headlight fuse. If it is tripped I only have to turn the key off and then it will reset and I will have lights again.
Ahh, that was probably the cause!!!! When I went to see if high beam would work, I noticed it was inbetween the 2!!!!!

Thanks for the tip!!!!!
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Stock fuse size is 10amp and it's fine to swap it out for a 15amp. My first blown fuse I only had another 10 available. It blew again, but this time I had a 15 ready. As been said, the fuse was only meant for the load of one light at a time and if caught half way between them a 10 will overload fairly quickly.

Circuit breakers sound like a cool idea. Wish I knew more about that electrical stuff.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-21-2008, 11:23 PM
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It's a well known fact that the klr blows the 10 amp fuse for the headlight. Change to 15amp and you'll be ok. The Wanderer and DXKLR are right about why it blows. You need to read http://www.bigcee.com/klr650faq.html thoroughly and you'll know the common problems of the KLR650. It has a wealth of information.

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It's a well known fact that the klr blows the 10 amp fuse for the headlight. Change to 15amp and you'll be ok. The Wanderer and DXKLR are right about why it blows. You need to read http://www.bigcee.com/klr650faq.html thoroughly and you'll know the common problems of the KLR650. It has a wealth of information.
Cool, thanks!!
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