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post #1 of 6 Old 09-25-2018, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight, Taillight 2002 KLR

While driving, my headlight, taillight went off. Checked both bulbs - good, still no good. While driving, lights came back on! Next day, no lights again! After short drive, lights on again! Next day, no lights! Have checked all many connections still no lights! When ignition turned on, green neutral light comes on but no lights. Both indicators and brakelight work. Anyone have this issue or know what it might be?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-25-2018, 02:24 PM
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A modest proposal: Check your HEADLIGHT FUSE and its connections.
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A modest proposal: Check your HEADLIGHT FUSE and its connections.

Thank you Damocles - for this 2002, where is the fuse located?? Thanks
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A modest proposal: Check your HEADLIGHT FUSE and its connections.

Thank you Damocles - for this 2002, where is the fuse located?? Thanks
Yes! It was the fuse (brown and white wire). The fuse didn't look blown but on testing, no continuity. Replaced the fuse and eureka! Thank you!!
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Glad you solved your problem, satnpue!

While the OEM spec hedlight fuse is 10 amps, I'd recommend 15 amps. I know, I know; many would say, "Do not try this at home!"

But . . .

Generation 1 (your vintage) KLR650 HIGH/LOW headlight switches sometimes engage BOTH high- and low-beam filaments as the rider switches beams; the momentary activation of both high and low headlight filaments can blow headlight fuses. May be why yours blew! Anyway, "upgrading" to a 15-amp headlight fuse may enhance reliability.

Again, I appreciate the prudence of, "NEVER install a fuse of higher amperage than the stock one!" I accept the risk of overloading the circuit to this extent, myself; YMMV.

And, I respect the experience base of those who declare they have NEVER known a headlight fuse to blow from simultaneous beam activation.
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I concur; though common wisdom is to avoid "willy nilly" swapping of higher amperage fuses on circuits, the 15 amp Gen1 headlight fuse upgrade has long since been proven to be effective and safe.

.....Of course there are other ways to solve this issue like the JNS engineering LED headlight which is 20/35 compared to the stock 55/60 watts making it pretty hard to blow a fuse while vastly improving the amount of light output.

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