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Check your headlight status and cause if there was a problem.

  • I had a starter switch problem.

    Votes: 80 57.6%
  • I had a problem with a large connector under a rubber cover in the left cowling.

    Votes: 22 15.8%
  • I had a problem with a connector on the radiator shroud.

    Votes: 23 16.5%
  • I had a problem with the high/low beam switch.

    Votes: 8 5.8%
  • I had a problem but don't know the specific area.

    Votes: 19 13.7%
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With all the reports of headlight problems, I thought it would be a good idea to gather some information on how big the problem is.
 

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Nah!

The only problem I have is the crack in the right hand lens and with the cost to replace the whole assembly.:yikes:
 

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Mine's a 07 wee, 2 years ago at about 45K klms the starter switch started to play up. Did the "starter switch maintainence" that is very well described in this forum, fitted an EB relay kit, and have had no probs since :thumbup:
Do the lights become duller over time or is my old eyes, but the road doesn't seem to light up like it used to :confused:
 

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Stock wiring for the first 24 months, relays for the next 32 months, 61k miles.

No issues, but I clean and deox many/most of the electrical connectors on my bikes every year or so.
 

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2002 Vee with 48k miles, 38k mine. I've had it since 2008 and zero problems with the installed lamps.

In fact, this is the best headlight I've ever experienced on a motorcycle + easy adjustment.
 

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I am on my second starter switch. I need to order the kit from Eastern Beaver
 

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I not sure how to vote. I had to clean my starter switch but this didn't happen until around 100,000 miles. My DL650 currently has over 125,00 miles on it and is running the original headlight bulbs, and this is with stock connections (no relay.) Throughout most of the year I commute to work and the bike sits outside in rain even if raining all day while at work so I am sure that this has sped up the process.

So I had a starter switch "problem", but it took 6 years and 100,000 miles to surface. If I was at the 60,000+ mile mark I would vote "no problems".

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My L. headlight plug melted around the bulb prongs at about 20,000. Installed the Eastern Beaver relay kit after that. No further problems. 60k now.
My vote was the problem with unknown origins, because the others didn't apply.
 

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Pretty sure I just shot myself in the foot but as far as I know there's been nothing changed on the bike since new (headlights wise) and I'm just about to install a set of HID's as recommended by our own Greywolf. My guess is that electrical issues are not far away... We'll see. :confused:
 

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Bump. The numbers are pretty low across the board.
 

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My Hi/Low switch was glitchy, but luckily you recommended the EB relay kit early on. It's been problem free ever since.
 

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35,000 miles the headlights intermittently stayed off after starting the bike. Flip of the starter switch would get'm on again.
40,000 miles performed surgery on the starter switch. No headlight problem since then. Everything still OEM.
 

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After fitting a set of Xenon lights I was sent by a mate living in Guang Zhou from China in 2009..my Vee decided to snap a wire near the connector in that loom that hangs in the left fairing panel near that rubber covered connector spoken of..
My lights were going on and off intermittently..stuffed the ballast units on me though...so last year when I went to China I brought home a new set of HID Xenons .6000K units...about 18$ Australian...
with those neat little sealed ballasts half the size of the old ones..sweet again with twice the light..
I brought home a heap of sets of those grip puppy things at about 70 cents Aud a set why not ?
And billet mirrors and a top box etc ..all about a 1/4 of the Aust prices..

Just wish I could find out where the Suzuki parts are made before I go back next year after a Motorcycle tour of Vietnam we will be in China for 2-3 weeks again..
A lot of the small Suzuki stuff is made in China but I have not been able to pin the big stuff down yet ..
I believe a lot of the Big Suzuki bits are still made in Korea so may have to do a drop in there yet....

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...so last year when I went to China I brought home a new set of HID Xenons .6000K units...about 18$ Australian...
with those neat little sealed ballasts half the size of the old ones..sweet again with twice the light..
Cross the 5000k barrier and you're going backwards in light output, even moreso with color recognition.

4300k max.
 

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None of the above. I have a 2007 with about 21,000 miles with no electrical problems.
 

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None of the above. I have a 2007 with about 21,000 miles with no electrical problems.
? If you had stock wiring, that would fit

My Strom is >two years old with >20,000 miles and no headlight problems with stock wiring.
 

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I did the EB thing right after hearing about problems, so far so good.
My only problem was my lights were hitting the tops of the power poles in lo beam. I didn't think I would ever get them cranked down so I could see the road and now on comming traffic has stopped flashing hi beams at me. Must be close to a 1" space between the plastic and the light refelctor. :)~
 

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starter caput

Took my grandaughter to school,as always, and when leaving, the bike wouldn't start. Th cellinoid was clicking but no starter. Finally it started and I got home. I jumped across the cellenoid with needlenose pliers and nothing from the starter. pulled the starter, to check the brushes, and they were gone. The springs were all the way to the bottom. The Wee has 73000 miles and I hadn't seen this before, on this forum. Armature checked out good so I ordered the brush assembly and O rings. $61.00. Just wanted to pass this on for anyone else, who might experience this.
Have a great day
Fred
 
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