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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-05-2018, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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On my ride across the country i did a fair amount of riding at night the last few days. Only just recently though did begin to have an issue with my highbeams and Cruise control. Both lights are the HID lights and have never given me a problem so far. What happened was - I had high beams on with cruise control running on the freeway, then when a car would come, i'd turn them off naturally. if there was a lot of traffic, when I turned the highbeam back on, the Cruise control would turn off completely. i could turn on cruise and reengage it no problem, but this would happen every time unless it was a really short duration with the light off.

After pulling into a gas station later in the night, the bathroom was closed so i fired up and went to the next one. When I went to start up that time, I noticed the bike was slightly hesitant to start (turn over). then when i hit the road once again and went to turn high beams on with Cruise control on, the cruise kicked off. however, given enough time after that between low and HIs, the cruise would stay on no problem.


I am wondering if maybe my battery is starting to get weak and cant handle the initial draw from the HID bulb lighting up?

I am going to run a volt meter tonight to see if i am getting around 14V when the bike is running and then see what you guys have to say!

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The first thing I'd do is make sure the battery bolts are tight. They have a tendency to loosen and you should place lock washers under the bolts, if you haven't already done so.
If the bolts are tight and the voltage is @ 12.5+/- with the engine and 14.4ish with the engine running, then I suspect an intermittent interruption in the cruise circuit when dimming the lights. Check all the connections there.
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You might take the switch gear apart and spray cleaner in the headlight switch. A few years ago my turn signals were not working good, took the handle/switch apart and found they had turned green inside. My bike was on of many I am sure that Polaris did NOT want to spend extra money on, so they did NOT use much if any die-electric grease. If your internal connections are corroded it could cause higher resistance in the circuit. It's worth checking into. Clean the internals with spray electrical cleaner, then coat the internals with die-electric grease. It may help, may not worth a shot if it solves the problem. I have not taken the cruise control switches apart, it might be worth it IF they do come apart to where you can check them. Also you can disconnect each component from it's pigtail to the main harness, clean those connections and coat them also with die-electric. May help, may not, but anywhere there is corrosion in electrical circuit can raise the resistance in the circuit.

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You might take the switch gear apart and spray cleaner in the headlight switch. A few years ago my turn signals were not working good, took the handle/switch apart and found they had turned green inside. My bike was on of many I am sure that Polaris did NOT want to spend extra money on, so they did NOT use much if any die-electric grease. If your internal connections are corroded it could cause higher resistance in the circuit. It's worth checking into. Clean the internals with spray electrical cleaner, then coat the internals with die-electric grease. It may help, may not worth a shot if it solves the problem. I have not taken the cruise control switches apart, it might be worth it IF they do come apart to where you can check them. Also you can disconnect each component from it's pigtail to the main harness, clean those connections and coat them also with die-electric. May help, may not, but anywhere there is corrosion in electrical circuit can raise the resistance in the circuit.
I'll look into that, thanks!




also, I got 13.5V cold, 14.5V idling. So that looks good so far for both.

any idea how the two could be related? nothing else cut out (Low beam or backlights on the speedo)

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The HIDs always made my bike go hoppy. I put the factory lighting back in. No more problems.
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The HIDs always made my bike go hoppy. I put the factory lighting back in. No more problems.
okay, glad to know im not the only one! makes me feel a little better

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