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View Poll Results: Check your headlight status and cause if there was a problem.
I had a starter switch problem. 79 38.16%
I had a problem with a large connector under a rubber cover in the left cowling. 21 10.14%
I had a problem with a connector on the radiator shroud. 21 10.14%
I had a problem with the high/low beam switch. 8 3.86%
I had a problem but don't know the specific area. 18 8.70%
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post #111 of 116 Old 02-01-2018, 04:16 PM
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Went to the garage today to assemble my TDM. Before leaving I checked the Vee too for the moment. Have made some progress it seems. The low fuse was toasted. Replaced it and there is a change. Turning the ignition on, left low turns on and the right one is barely glowing. When I switch right-hand switch to the first position the gauge bulbs light up. When I switch it to second position nothing changes. When I turn switch off lows still stay on (left normal, right one glowing). When I switch highs on (dimmer switch) then only left lights up. Swapped the bulbs, the same story. At least some progression but still something is wrong. I still wonder why there was brown wire soldered to the white/yellow (HI beams wire).
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White/yellow is a common wire that is split by the switch into yellow for high beam and white for low beam. The stock brown wire is for the tail light.

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post #113 of 116 Old 03-06-2019, 09:21 AM
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I'll add my data to the pool here. 2012 Glee that lost headlights at just over 71k. Checked a lot of things - voltage was fine, but seemed like not enough current was getting through. All connectors looked fine, some slight corrosion on the contacts in the starter switch. Cleaned up, covered with dielectric grease, headlights working again. It should be noted that I switched to H4 LED drop-in bulbs very early on, which draw about a third of the power, if not less, of standard incandescent bulbs. That's one of the reasons I never bothered putting the harness on, but...we'll see how I get on.

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post #114 of 116 Old 03-06-2019, 09:37 AM
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My Ď12 DL650 also lost its headlights (low beam lost) at about 7k miles. I found a burnt terminal in a white connector block, located on the left side, on top of the radiator. The connector pins were black and burnt. I had to splice in a jumper.
I guess that I should have installed the Eastern Beaver headlight relay harness sooner...


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post #115 of 116 Old 03-06-2019, 09:50 AM
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It's worth doing for the additional brightness alone. The long term reliability is a bonus.

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post #116 of 116 Old 03-06-2019, 09:53 AM
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My guess is that I probably wouldn't notice with the LEDs. The way those work is that they're either getting enough juice to run at full power...or they don't work at all. It's one of the reasons I reckon I was surprised by them going out...and another reason I'll get no warning that I'm about to drop below the minimum threshold again.

Shipping that harness to the UK is going to be a killer! :/

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