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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-07-2017, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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Some of you may have seen my post "Help with lightning strike". Anyway I have an appt to drop off at Polaris dealer on 9/19. Weather is supposed to be awesome this weekend and I would sure love to get some wind therapy in. Everything works except the speedometer, odometer display ( toggle options as well ) , tachometer, fuel gauge, amp charge indicator and radio controls.


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Some of you may have seen my post "Help with lightning strike". Anyway I have an appt to drop off at Polaris dealer on 9/19. Weather is supposed to be awesome this weekend and I would sure love to get some wind therapy in. Everything works except the speedometer, odometer display ( toggle options as well ) , tachometer, fuel gauge, amp charge indicator and radio controls.
Ive owned and ridden plenty of bikes with none of the above
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Ive owned and ridden plenty of bikes with none of the above

I'm not worried about not having any of the above. I guess I'm more worried about if there could be other electrical issues that would cause more damage if I rode the bike or if the new battery wouldn't charge while riding and leave me stranded on a back road in BFE.


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STAGE 1 UPGRADE W/K&N FILTER
BLACK TRI-OVAL EXHAUST W/CHROME TIPS
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There's no way to answer this question.. electrical problems are impossible to diagnose or anticipate w/out actually testing the components. If you're saying that the bike starts and runs ok but you have instrumentation that doesn't work.. I might chance it myself.. but who knows? Sounds like probably just a blown breaker or fuse to me.. but the ECU on the vic's have always been an achilles heel IMO.. they are SO freaking sensitive to voltage..there's also the 'zing' phenomenon.. I work with computer, have for years.. and over the years I've seen a lot of pc's that got zinged from lighting strikes to power lines that will appear to work ok for a while, then develop intermittent issues and finally stop working altogether.. when you hit electronics with high voltage they weren't designed for all kinds of odd crap can happen. Sorry to be so vague.. but hell, you might be better off running it a bit before you drop it off so you can see if any other issues crop up.
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If you can prove to the insurance company that your bike was struck by lighting. You should tell them. The gauge cluster radio and more is not cheap.
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There's no way to answer this question.. electrical problems are impossible to diagnose or anticipate w/out actually testing the components. If you're saying that the bike starts and runs ok but you have instrumentation that doesn't work.. I might chance it myself.. but who knows? Sounds like probably just a blown breaker or fuse to me.. but the ECU on the vic's have always been an achilles heel IMO.. they are SO freaking sensitive to voltage..there's also the 'zing' phenomenon.. I work with computer, have for years.. and over the years I've seen a lot of pc's that got zinged from lighting strikes to power lines that will appear to work ok for a while, then develop intermittent issues and finally stop working altogether.. when you hit electronics with high voltage they weren't designed for all kinds of odd crap can happen. Sorry to be so vague.. but hell, you might be better off running it a bit before you drop it off so you can see if any other issues crop up.
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Hmm yea I have a couple thoughts too. If bike was hit with lightning are you positive the dash etc is the only thing damaged. Might have to test ride it a bit to be sure something else is not fried. If its under warranty and they are fixing it or an insurance job, make sure phone is charged and go for it. If ECM craps out, drop a dime and call a tow truck.
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I'd at least pull the front grill off and look at the battery connections to see it it melted the lead terminals. I'd go ahead and look under the side covers and seat too to see if there is any obvious damage to any wiring.

If you're comfortable pulling the front fairing to look in there; it would be a good idea too.
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I'd at least pull the front grill off and look at the battery connections to see it it melted the lead terminals. I'd go ahead and look under the side covers and seat too to see if there is any obvious damage to any wiring.

If you're comfortable pulling the front fairing to look in there; it would be a good idea too.


When I went out to initially start it everything was dead. I checked the circuit breaker and it was good. Replaced the battery, checked all the fuses behind the right side cover and they were good. Hit the switch and bike fired right up, everything seems fine with the exception of the things I said that were not working.
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STAGE 1 UPGRADE W/K&N FILTER
BLACK TRI-OVAL EXHAUST W/CHROME TIPS
BLACKED OUT LENS'

LOWERING LINK ( DROPPED 2" )
CUSTOM PINSTRIPING
PAINTED OUTER CHIN SPOILERS
GUSTAFSON EUROFLIP +2"[/B]
RICZ LAYDOWN PLATE
DEBADGED AND REFLECTORS REMOVED
O2 SENSORS DISCONNECTED

LLOYDS TIMING WHEEL
SHORTY ANTENNA FROM MINI-COOPER
21"WHEEL KIT FROM WD
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