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Blue wire bypass - headlight relay mod

This guide bypasses the headlight relay, lighting your headlight when you turn the key, instead of when the engine turns.

Don't ask me about the pros/cons of this; I'm sure it will be discussed.

Video detailing the procedure at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1_1MTfiJb8

On the left side of the bike remove the side cover. Unscrew the bottom screw and pull the side cover off. If you are sitting on the side of the bike, facing the side cover, pull directly toward you.

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You will see a Palm sized black box with two connectors coming out the right side of the box. One is a smaller ten pin, one is an 8 pin.

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Don't make the mistake I made - don't touch the ten pin connector. I pulled the blue wire from the 10 pin and moved it to the 8 pin. This is WRONG.

Pull out the 8 pin connector.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5...323_061246.jpg

There is a blue wire. Pull the blue wire out of its spot (or push it from the front of the connector to reduce stress on the wires) and move it to the empty spot on the same connector.

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http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b5...323_061559.jpg

If the spade connector pushes out as you push the connector in, just connect the plug, then push the spade connector into the empty spot to secure it.

Operation complete.

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Thanks, much appreciated! A reasonably easy mod to do, but having pictures to look at definitely works better for me to understand what is to be done.

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Well done - a great detailed write up ...with pics !


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My headlight's bright light didn't work so I bought a new bulb. This didn't fix the problem.
I figured I had nothing to lose by switching this blue wire to bypass the headlight relay.
This fixed it. Bright light now works.

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Based on the diagram on page 15-36 in the manual, this bypasses the headlight fuse as well. May want to seriously consider adding an in-line fuse to protect things.

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Based on the diagram on page 15-36 in the manual, this bypasses the headlight fuse as well. May want to seriously consider adding an in-line fuse to protect things.
Actually if you see the schematic on page 15-50 for the junction box 8P connector, all you are doing here is removing the output from pin 8 and moving to pin 7. All that does is to take the headlight relay out of the circuit, the 10A headlight fuse (24 on the diagram) is still in the path. And you can verify that it is, by pulling the fuse after doing the repair, and seeing that the headlight will stop working.

This is a great mod, and can't beat the price !
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