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929 Headlight not Working

My 2000 929 headlights are not working both low/brights. I have so far:

checked/replaced the fuse - fine
inspected the bulb filaments through the headlight - fine
Checked the voltage at the fuse and got nothing

Is there anyone else who has had an issue with their headlights not working. Bike starts and runs like a champ. Brake, turn, and running lights all work.

Just wanted to get some input before I just started tearing into it.

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

Electrical problems can be a pain. If you have the manual its not too bad. Just start at the switch, (since all other lights work) and work your way to the headlight. You might also check the hi/low switch to see if you getting power to it. Its easy to get to and may be your problem. Wires can be pulled loose there pretty easily.

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

Thanks Kirby!

Any other ideas anyone?

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

I've run into this exact thing. Fuse was fine, bulbs were fine. No low or high beams and no dash high beam indicator.

Check your starter button. Mine had gunk/dirt in it and it wasn't fully releasing. The bike turns off the headlight as it fires the starter so if the button doesn't fully release, the headlight doesn't come back on.

Look at the bottom of the switch housing. There is a little plastic piece sticking down. Spray some contact cleaner or WD40 in it if you find that to be the problem.
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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

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I've run into this exact thing. Fuse was fine, bulbs were fine. No low or high beams and no dash high beam indicator.

Check your starter button. Mine had gunk/dirt in it and it wasn't fully releasing. The bike turns off the headlight as it fires the starter so if the button doesn't fully release, the headlight doesn't come back on.

Look at the bottom of the switch housing. There is a little plastic piece sticking down. Spray some contact cleaner or WD40 in it if you find that to be the problem.
It appears that the starter switch is coming all the way back out, but I will definately check it out for sure. Thanks I would have never thought of this on my own. So, when yours had this issue externally did it look like it was coming out all the way. Was it just internal?

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

It was pretty obvious. I could take my finger and pull the right side of the switch out.
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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

I sprayed some WD in the switch, and worked it good but it is still not working. I guess it is something else. There is a headlight relay behind the speedo that I'll look at next.

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

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I sprayed some WD in the switch, and worked it good but it is still not working. I guess it is something else. There is a headlight relay behind the speedo that I'll look at next.
There are also some wires soldered inside the starter switch assembly on the handlebar that give the signal from the starter button to cut out the lights, if the solder broke and the wires are disconnected it might not allow the lights to come on. One of the four wires that are soldered on my 929 broke and the lights failed to work. Just take the right side starter assembly apart by the brake lever and take a look, if four wires are soldered to the starter switch inside the assembly your good.
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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

Thanks for the heads up on the broken solider joint. I should have checked that closer when I had it apart. I give it a look next chance I get. Thx!!!

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

Had a similar problem last summer.

First question: Are you using stock bulbs, or imitation HID blue lights?

I run some High intensity bulbs in mine for the Blue/White look. Here's what happened:

Hot August day, lights quit, dash flickers, turn signals spaz out.

Traced it, using manual and fixed it quick.

Pull off fake air duct cover on right side of bike, in front of tank, below the throttle. (3 or 4, 5mm allen head bolts) Now follow the wiring harness from your cluster and headlights down the right side of the bike, and you should see a big GRAY connector (24-30 pins) The ground wire for EVERYTHING forward of this harness is Dark Green, about a 20 or 22 gauge wire. STUPID DESIGN!!! Mine was MELTED inside the connector
on both sides. I had to break some of the plastic on the connector to get the thing to separate. When it finally came apart, I had to clean the black carbon off the connectors and tighten them inside their sockets. Put it back together, and everyting worked.

Those aftermarket bulbs just draw a LOT of current through the ground circuit. I am splicing into the Green wire just forward of the connector towards the headlights, and running an extra 16 gauge wire, soldered in, back to the battery or maybe the frame, to give it some current carrying insurance.

I sell decent bulbs by the way, look great, last a long time, very reasonable current rating(aside from above story...) Have them in all my bikes and cars.
$30 a pair.

Jon

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

Could be the switch or the Relay. If those have not been pointed out yet.

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

This was the problem I had after a couple years of running the aftermarket bulbs that Hard Racing sells.


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Had a similar problem last summer.

First question: Are you using stock bulbs, or imitation HID blue lights?

I run some High intensity bulbs in mine for the Blue/White look. Here's what happened:

Hot August day, lights quit, dash flickers, turn signals spaz out.

Traced it, using manual and fixed it quick.

Pull off fake air duct cover on right side of bike, in front of tank, below the throttle. (3 or 4, 5mm allen head bolts) Now follow the wiring harness from your cluster and headlights down the right side of the bike, and you should see a big GRAY connector (24-30 pins) The ground wire for EVERYTHING forward of this harness is Dark Green, about a 20 or 22 gauge wire. STUPID DESIGN!!! Mine was MELTED inside the connector
on both sides. I had to break some of the plastic on the connector to get the thing to separate. When it finally came apart, I had to clean the black carbon off the connectors and tighten them inside their sockets. Put it back together, and everyting worked.

Those aftermarket bulbs just draw a LOT of current through the ground circuit. I am splicing into the Green wire just forward of the connector towards the headlights, and running an extra 16 gauge wire, soldered in, back to the battery or maybe the frame, to give it some current carrying insurance.

I sell decent bulbs by the way, look great, last a long time, very reasonable current rating(aside from above story...) Have them in all my bikes and cars.
$30 a pair.

Jon
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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

Well, I finally fixed the headlight issue. It was one of the joints in the starter swich button assembly being broken. Could not tell it was broken by just looking at it when I had it apart. Found out it was broken when testing with a multimeter.

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Re: 929 Headlight not Working

Hey thanks everyone for this thread. Long time member but never posted. I think this has helped me out a ton, I'm sure I'll be able to diagnose the problem now.
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