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post #1 of 28 Old 03-27-2014, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question H4 Dual Headlight Relay Kit

Did a lot of searching on here and can't quite determine how necessary this is. What is the downside of NOT shelling out the $65 for this? What are the chances of that downside coming to fruition?

Anyone have any issues installing with the H4 coupler connection?

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See the poll at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...blems-not.html and figure if you feel lucky. If you know how to wire relays, you can do it yourself for under $10 if you don't mind cutting in to the stock wiring.

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We had to do a parking lot improvise (hot wire the lights with a toggle switch straight off the battery) about 1,000 from home last year on our 4,000 mile road trip. Sucked , but worked. E/B fixed that when we got home. That was on a buddies 05 650.

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There was a poll of owners who have had issues with headlight problems: https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...blems-not.html.

That thread also covers some accounts from people who have had headlight problems.

The downside for not installing a relay would be the failure of your headlights if the stock wiring in the starter switch failed. I don't know how likely that is to occur, but 41 people who responded to the poll said they had starter switch problems. I just installed an Eastern Beaver relay. Seemed like a relatively inexpensive preventative measure to take, and it was recommended by guys who are a lot more knowledgeable about this bike than I am.

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Did a lot of searching on here and can't quite determine how necessary this is. What is the downside of NOT shelling out the $65 for this? What are the chances of that downside coming to fruition?
I look at it as preventive maintenance. The EB harness is well-made and easy to install.

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[QUOTE=greywolf;2087146]See the poll at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...blems-not.html and figure if you feel lucky. If you know how to wire relays, you can do it yourself for under $10 if you don't mind cutting in to the stock wiring.[/QUOTE

Never like to push my luck. Is the do-it-yourself method the one described by Unicacher? That looks pretty involved...and may justify the extra $55. Any recommendations (anyone have any problems) using the H4 coupler connections?

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Engine Guards; Bash Plate; Centerstand; 1" Bar Risers; Adjustable Lowering Links; OEM Top/Side Cases; EB Headlight Relay; OEM Handguards; Fork Brace; Piece a crap Windscreen; Broken Shift Lever (Tap/Bolt/Duct Tape); New Tires (but I coulda run on that plugged rear another 4k)

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Never like to push my luck. Is the do-it-yourself method the one described by Unicacher? That looks pretty involved...and may justify the extra $55.
I figure by the time I went out and bought the parts, the EB harness was a better deal. I don't like to cut into harnesses and prefer to make connector adapters.

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See the poll at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...blems-not.html and figure if you feel lucky. If you know how to wire relays, you can do it yourself for under $10 if you don't mind cutting in to the stock wiring.[/QUOTE

Never like to push my luck. Is the do-it-yourself method the one described by Unicacher? That looks pretty involved...and may justify the extra $55. Any recommendations (anyone have any problems) using the H4 coupler connections?
The EB headlight relay was one of the first farkles on my bike. The H4 coupler makes it plug and play, just wrap it and the spare coupler with electrical tape. That said, after a year I tidied thingd up by removing the male and female couplers and replacing them with EB insulated bullet connectors and removing and taping up the left over H4 connector.
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I look at it as preventive maintenance. The EB harness is well-made and easy to install.
Same here. Pretty much plug and play.

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I would rather deal with a known issue now at my convenience than some random time when I'm far from home. If it happens I'll likely not notice the problem until night time so I could be effectively stranded. As far as building your own harness it is hard to beat the EB plug and play for quality and dependability, especially if you value your time. Easy to transfer to your next machine also.
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