should have got the headlight relays. - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
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post #1 of 30 Old 06-14-2017, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy should have got the headlight relays.

So I ride home from work with a friend today and we take a break a few miles from home (he had to have a cig) when I go to restart my bike, the switch doesn't move.

contacts fried in the switch. plastic melted and brittle. had to push start the bike to get it going to get home.
Ripped the switch apart and am going to solder the headlight wires together and jump the starter switch to get to work were I will add a momentary switch until I can get a new switch from the dealer. as I have an important charity ride to go to this weekend

so... get the relay kit. just saying.
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What year is your bike and how many miles? Yup get the relay kit, took me a bit to become a believer.

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Which switch are you referring to? I never intentionally use the kill switch and rarely use the headlight switches.
I did finally after 80K plus miles put the EB headlight stuff on.
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Which switch are you referring to? I never intentionally use the kill switch and rarely use the headlight switches.
I did finally after 80K plus miles put the EB headlight stuff on.
I would assume the starter button switch.

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Fixing the problems that can happen with the factory starter switch is an obvious benefit of the EAstern Beaver relay kit.

Not so obvious till you install it is how much brighter your headlights are! No voltage drop from the battery like when going through the factory wiring/switches!
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I'll take a snapshot of my starter switch internals once the bike reaches 100,000 miles. It sits outside year round, and I clean it once in a while. Yes, it's a crappy design and a common failure point, but it will go on working forever if it's kept clean.
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Fail to see the correlation between heat from amperage causing deterioration of the wire's protective coating and it failing, to how clean you keep the outside of the cover of said switches. There are lots of variables here with this issue but cleanliness of the switch group is very low on the cause side.
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Ok, so last night I pulled apart the switch and it was beyond cleaning. So I cut the wires, soldered the headlight wires together so they stay on and stripped the starter wires and left them bare, touch together with clutch in and vroom.



used that to get to work today were I picked up a small push button switch and mounted that in place so it is a little more user friendly and should last till I get a new switch assembly.

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Bike is a 2012 and it has just about 95,000 on it. the bike sleeps outside (under a cover) and is used all year so, really, I am surprised it lasted this long.



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Well - Jim doesn't even make a headlight relay kit for a V2. Hint hint.

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The Vee2 has a single headlight. It doesn't need relays as much.
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