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Help with hi-beams. - September 2, 2010, 07:52 PM

Bought a 99 SV650,has dual headlights.

So the right light will be on and when I hit the hi-beams the right light goes off and the left comes on. How the heck do I get them both on?


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By accident I've found that I can put the hi-beam switch in the middle and both lights come on.I pulled the wires from the bulbs and there's only 2 wires running to each bulb.Every bike I've had,had 3 wires running to the bulb.Is there a way to rig up the hi-beams?


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September 5, 2010, 10:13 PM

That is how it is supposed to operate isn't it? (if not, you probably have a bad switch.. ignore the rest)

If you really wanna change it, take the high beam +12v signal wire and instead use it to energize a relay.

Wire the output from the relay to both the high and low beam inputs.

Use a diode between the relay and the low beam so that electricity can flow from the relay to the light, but not from the light to the relay, so that when you turn on the low beam it doesn't backtrack down that wire and also turn on the high beam.

Alternatively you could use 2 relays and isolate the circuits.

You could theoretically just splice the high beam to the low beam with a diode and no relay, but the factory circuit may not be able to handle the current.


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September 6, 2010, 11:23 AM

I think Seijirou is right and that's the way it is supposed to operate, particularly since there is only one filament in each bulb (two wires rather than three). I have a wiring diagram for an '01 SV650SK1 that shows 2 two-filament headlights, though. If both bulbs are around 55W or 60W, only one is supposed to light at a time. (The reason both bulbs light when the switch is in the middle is that it is "make before break" so that the headlights don't go dark when you switch between high and low.)

If you want both beams to light on high, just move the low beam wire from the dimmer switch to the wire feeding the switch. You may occasionally blow the 15A signal fuse from time to time with this setup. Seijirou's diode configuration may blow the 10A high beam fuse instead.
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