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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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front running lights/guage lights on when key is off?

2005 VN750. I replaced the broken LH signal, bought a pair of 3 wire lights on eBay, turned out to be aftermarket since the wiring colors didn't match OEM. So I did a test with a battery, to find what wire was what. After installing the lights, it seemed to work fine. Last night, however, when I walked into the garage after dark, I noticed the front markers (only) and the instrument lights were on, with the key off and out of the bike.. I am pretty sure this happened several days after the installation, since I have been out there after dark and didn't see this. Therefore, I think the light installation may, or may not, be related. Any ideas? We disconnected the battery last night to be on the safe side.
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2005 VN750. I replaced the broken LH signal, bought a pair of 3 wire lights on eBay, turned out to be aftermarket since the wiring colors didn't match OEM. So I did a test with a battery, to find what wire was what. After installing the lights, it seemed to work fine. Last night, however, when I walked into the garage after dark, I noticed the front markers (only) and the instrument lights were on, with the key off and out of the bike.. I am pretty sure this happened several days after the installation, since I have been out there after dark and didn't see this. Therefore, I think the light installation may, or may not, be related. Any ideas? We disconnected the battery last night to be on the safe side.
My guess would be an Ignition switch gone wild....

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just curious if the new lights are LED's?

It is possible that if you were running wiring in the headlight bucket, that something could be shorting to the accessory leads in there...those leads are always hot.
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Did ya wiggle the switch?
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Lights aren't LED, plain old bulbs, and 3 wires as required. I am going to open the bucket to see what's what, maybe the leads are touching? Like I mentioned, it seemed to operate normally for over 2 weeks after the LH light was replaced, and was just parked for a couple of days before we spotted this glitch. Doggone gremlins! Since it is about to rain here, and maybe cool off a bit, I will probably go out and fiddle with it, and look around with the V-O-M to see where the voltage is coming from. I hope my 1400 mile bike doesn't need an ignition switch, but ya never know.

Yep, wiggled the switch and tried both keys, too...
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Let us know what you find....My money is on a wiring issue.
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What direction did you turn the key to remove from the ignition? Normal off is turned counter clockwise. but can also be turned clockwise and remove the key. in the clockwise off position, the lights are able to be turned on. Though as far as I know, it s only supposed to come on when you press the 4-way blinker button. (I think)

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Pretty sure it is in fact the LF signal/running light...is there a link on the site to a wiring schematic? or, more simply, what are the wire color codes for the LF signal (gnd/turn/rinning)? Doggone non-OEM replacement part, plus it was used and no documentation.
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Did a search on Google which led me back to a 2010 post on this site, gave me the right color codes..I think I had the ground floating or something in there, because we are back to where it needs to be. Now to clear the pin hole in the front brake master cylinder, but that's another adventure...
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