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And be warned - those blade fuses can fail, and still look OK. You have to actually electrically test them to be 100% sure they're OK. As in pull them out, and test across the terminals on the ohms setting.

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Well I got it sorted out last night. Seems AMS sent me the wrong fusebox cover. This cover had the headlight circuit in a different place than it really was (is.) A bit of GIGO (garbage in garbage out) It was a blown fuse. Replaced the fuse and all is right again with the exception of... wait for it... the handle bar (clip-on really) controls. Seems I have forgotten how all the pieces go together. DUH!!!

Anyone have a photo of the inside of both halves of the left handle bar controls? That's all that's keeping me from having the bike street-able again.

Thank you too who were kind enough to offer help and suggestions.

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Well I got it sorted out last night. Seems AMS sent me the wrong fusebox cover. This cover had the headlight circuit in a different place than it really was (is.) A bit of GIGO (garbage in garbage out) It was a blown fuse. Replaced the fuse and all is right again with the exception of... wait for it... the handle bar (clip-on really) controls. Seems I have forgotten how all the pieces go together. DUH!!!

Anyone have a photo of the inside of both halves of the left handle bar controls? That's all that's keeping me from having the bike street-able again.

Thank you too who were kind enough to offer help and suggestions.

Michael
If nobody responds before I get home I will take mine apart for you and post pics.

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Oh, that would be great @Peevedkitten (I love your screen name. I'll bet there's a story behind it.)

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Glad you got it sorted out. I have a switch that just came in the mail last night I can pop apart and take a picture in a few minutes. If Peevedkitten get it put up before me, I apologize for being tardy.....sean

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pics of the cover inside





That's the top half, bottom half below



The bottom half is the turn signal section so I didn't go beyond the mechanism.......sean

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I see Iwannaduc beat me to it and went deeper than I did. Here's what I took pics of tonight: https://imgur.com/gallery/RTnP3AA

Let me know if you need more pics.

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Got everything back together last night. And lucky me, I even had parts left over!! Seriously I do have a couple of pieces left over of which I think I will need to examine another control unit to determine where the 2 pieces go.

Now bike has a 55 watt Bi Zenon H4 HID. HUGE improvement over everything else I've tried. However the cutoff line on low beam is pretty crappy. I'm beginning to think the poor quality of the lighting is more a function of the reflector than anything else. Even when I had a conventional halogen bulb in the light, focus, beam spread, basically everything about it was abysmal.

I'll try a bit of adjusting but I think this is as good as it's going to get without doing MAJOR surgery to the headlight assembly.

Michael

P.S. Thanks again to all who helped on this. When I was unable to trace the issue I was seriously starting to freak just a bit.

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Got everything back together last night. And lucky me, I even had parts left over!! Seriously I do have a couple of pieces left over of which I think I will need to examine another control unit to determine where the 2 pieces go.

Now bike has a 55 watt Bi Zenon H4 HID. HUGE improvement over everything else I've tried. However the cutoff line on low beam is pretty crappy. I'm beginning to think the poor quality of the lighting is more a function of the reflector than anything else. Even when I had a conventional halogen bulb in the light, focus, beam spread, basically everything about it was abysmal.

I'll try a bit of adjusting but I think this is as good as it's going to get without doing MAJOR surgery to the headlight assembly.

Michael

P.S. Thanks again to all who helped on this. When I was unable to trace the issue I was seriously starting to freak just a bit.
We've all been there! I owned only a bike for transportation for about 10 years. Maintenance on your only vehicle can be harrowing sometime.

I'm planning to re-wire the entire 900 eventually and replace the headlight. I may look around and see if I can come up with a drop in replacement assembly for the entire thing. It shouldn't be to difficult to find one the right size and just fab a new bracket or adapter for it. I'll document it all when I do it.

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My memory is failing. I use my iPad or phone and take pics so I know how things go back together. The iPad is much better with the big screen pics. You can see a lot of detail. If that isnít handy Iíll draw a picture.

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