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Honda Shadow 1100 Headlight not working

I just bought my bike not too long ago It had accessory headlights on it when I bought it, They were both blown out and I did not like them in the first place so I removed them. I reconnected the white and green wires and now my headlight will not work. The bulb is not blown and neither is the fuse. all my other lights work aside from the rear running lights. The turn signals do work though... Does the headlight need to be grounded some how or what am I looking at here?? I'm not so good with electrical.
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Re: Honda Shadow 1100 Headlight not working

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I just bought my bike not too long ago It had accessory headlights on it when I bought it, They were both blown out and I did not like them in the first place so I removed them. I reconnected the white and green wires and now my headlight will not work. The bulb is not blown and neither is the fuse. all my other lights work aside from the rear running lights. The turn signals do work though... Does the headlight need to be grounded some how or what am I looking at here?? I'm not so good with electrical.
When you removed the light bar, (I assume you meant a lightbar with a light on each side. This is the standard way of adding lights to this bike.) First thing is that if you are not good with electrical, I would recommend a trip to your local shop to get it fixed. second, if it was a light bar, there may have been a harness that either came with, or was purchased for that lightbar kit. That is if it was installed correctly in the first place. The headlight will need to be grounded, but is normally grounded through the factory harness, if memory serves me correctly. Please, allow for minor memory fog, since it has been 6 years since I did the lightbar on my VT1100, and 5 since I did the one on my VTX1800.
Again, if you are as you said, not good with electrical and the previous owner did not use a supplemental harness, I strongly recommend you put it back just the way you found it when it was working, in hopes that it will work again, then have it professionally removed. Or if you have a friend that is electrically inclined help you go through it. Hopefully the supplemental harness was used, and the revert back to stock will be easy. If they cut the stock harness to install, you may be in for a long road ahead of you and it might be better to just leave it installed.
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Re: Honda Shadow 1100 Headlight not working

it is the light bar and this guy before me just cut the green and white wires that are on the original headlight and soldered the other wires in so i cut it all out and reattatched the green and white wires....if it needs to be grounded it should be pretty easy i just wasnt positive if it needed to be or not
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Re: Honda Shadow 1100 Headlight not working

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it is the light bar and this guy before me just cut the green and white wires that are on the original headlight and soldered the other wires in so i cut it all out and reattatched the green and white wires....if it needs to be grounded it should be pretty easy i just wasnt positive if it needed to be or not
I would like to say yes ground it, but not without seeing it in person. There is a pretty huge liability issue there. Again, I recommend someone with more electrical ability.
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Re: Honda Shadow 1100 Headlight not working

ok so I took it apart again and I grounded it.. The light now works but when i turned the high beam off it blew the fuse, I replaced the fuse and started the bike and it blew the fuse again...now these fuses weren't the best...is there another reason it would keep doing this besides crappy fuses??
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ok so I took it apart again and I grounded it.. The light now works but when i turned the high beam off it blew the fuse, I replaced the fuse and started the bike and it blew the fuse again...now these fuses weren't the best...is there another reason it would keep doing this besides crappy fuses??
Probably had a resister in there originally. to pull the power back when the highs are off that the first guy may have cut out when putting in the lightbar, because they are normally just wide open high beam. Not sure what year you have but here is a diagram.. or at least a site that can help you find one.
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Sorry, it's hard to be a lot of help in these situations, not knowing what the last guy did exactly, not seeing the carnage, and being 5 years since I did it myself.
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