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06-14-2019 11:53 AM
Dwarven1
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Originally Posted by Joflewbyu2 View Post
Was the bulb in the socket when you were testing or out of the socket and touching the steel in the fairing?
In the wiring harness socket, NOT in the reflector. They lit up the first time... then stopped.

And when I pulled the fuses again and replaced them, then pulled one of the bulbs out, they started working again, as I said above.

I'm just chalking it up to gremlins in the machine and a trike telling me he was unhappy that riding season was starting so late up here. They work now, so I'm a happy Dwarf.
06-05-2019 05:56 AM
Joflewbyu2 Was the bulb in the socket when you were testing or out of the socket and touching the steel in the fairing?
06-04-2019 12:44 PM
Dwarven1
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Originally Posted by Dwarven1 View Post
NO headlights whatever.

Fortunately, Lewis Preston of Electrical Connections will be at Americade, less than two hours away, and has offered to look at the beast. I'm heading down there on Thursday.
Or not...

Followup:

Got an email from Electrical Connections this morning: "We have never heard of this issue. Can you give us a call at 865.219.9192 and talk to our tech, Phil."

So, since my building got shut down today and I had to go work from home, I called Phil on my lunch hour from the garage. Chatted with him briefly and went over the problem. Pulled all the fuses and double-checked them. Turned on the ignition... still no headlights.

And then just for grins, I pulled out the right hand high-beam halogen and flipped the ignition switch. THREE LIGHTS COME ON - the two lo-beam LEDs and the remaining hi-beam halogen (sitting in the left hand pocket.) Huh... wonder what happens if I plug the right-hand hi-beam halogen back in? To quote Jean-Luc Picard, "THERE. ARE. FOUR. LIGHTS!"

Thoroughly bewildered now, I plug the two LEDs back into the high beam sockets... AND ALL FOUR LEDS COME ON. Amidst the sounds of a heavenly choir singing "Let there be light!"

So after work I'm going to button the fairing back up and take him for a ride to be sure that they're going to keep on working.

Phil the tech is as bewildered as I am by this - his thought is that perhaps there was some kind of short or open contact in that right hand pocket. Maybe... but I can't find it if there is. I'm just happy they're all lighting up!

06-04-2019 09:19 AM
Dwarven1
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Originally Posted by Joflewbyu2 View Post
Seems like 1 LED bulb is bad. Are you stating 3 LEDs light up and when you put the 4th they all go dead? LEDs draw less current so that should not be an issue. I went with Pathfinder and no issues and couldnít be any happier.
NO headlights whatever.

Fortunately, Lewis Preston of Electrical Connections will be at Americade, less than two hours away, and has offered to look at the beast. I'm heading down there on Thursday.
06-02-2019 08:15 PM
Joflewbyu2 Seems like 1 LED bulb is bad. Are you stating 3 LEDs light up and when you put the 4th they all go dead? LEDs draw less current so that should not be an issue. I went with Pathfinder and no issues and couldnít be any happier.
06-02-2019 05:43 PM
Dwarven1
Dead headlights after LED conversion

So I just installed two of the following: EC01052: LED H7 Headlight Bulb Kit for GL1800 (Electrical Connections, ordered from WingStuff). I ordered two kits, since I wanted to convert both high and low. Bike is a 2003 GL1800 Motor Trike conversion.

So I put in the low beams first; no problem. Powered up the trike and saw two brilliant low beams. All good.

Then I put in the high beams. (and may the idiot engineer who designed that left hand access to the high beam be cursed with replacing that bulb 10 times a day for eternity!) Anyway, after getting my wife to reach in to the left side to put the clip back on, since I couldn't, I turned the ignition on. Low beams, check. High beams... all four headlights went out.

I flipped the switch back to low beam and after several seconds, the lows came back on. Weird...

OK, maybe I had miswired it? I didn't think so, but tried flipping the plugs anyway - same problem. Maybe I had a bad module? Grabbed the old halogens and plugged them into the trike's wiring harness, just sitting there where the fairing pockets had been. Low beams? Check. High beams? CHECK!!

OK, now we're getting somewhere. Replaced the LEFT high beam with the LED. Three LEDs came on and one halogen. Ah, ha. Let's verify this... put the RIGHT LED back into the circuit - dead.

And just to verify, I flipped it - right halogen LED in, LEFT halogen in... darkness.

Put the two halogens back in... and Lucas is still there. Darkness.

OK... maybe voltage is too low? Started the trike... still no lights.

Checked fuses, just for grins - low and high beam are intact, headlight relay is intact.

What the hell do I do now? Other than contact Electrical Connections? (which I have; hopefully they're return my email tomorrow morning.

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