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post #1 of 4 Old May 17th, 2009, 5:06 pm Thread Starter
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Sudden death of PIAA Lights

I'm a returnee to the two-wheeled crowd after a 23 year absence from riding and decided to jump in with both feet and purchased a used, beautiful, and immaculate K1200LT. One of the pitfalls of buying a used bike is the small things that go out once in a while.

Before heading out on a ride today I was doing my walk-around today and noticed LED light on the button for my PIAA lights wasn't working...looked at the lights and they were not working either.....so, instead of riding, I followed the "tupperware party" instructions and took the side panels off to find out if the wire was shorting out, kinked, or disconnected under the skin. I know, it is daytime and I should've gone anyway....but I look at it as an opportunity to play "Tim the toolman" and took the time to clean the underside of the bike as well!

Low and behold, I didn't find anything wrong: lights properly connected to end-connectors, fuse was good, connections to the battery was tight, and I couldn't find any kinked or broken wires.

Has anyone else had an issue like this and have success resolving the problem?


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Re: Sudden death of PIAA Lights (FIXED!!)

I found the problem after a four hour ordeal of taking off all the side and top tupperware (here's the link: http://www.snafu.org/pics/k12lt/print.html) so I could trace the wire from the battery to the short (using an old-school multimeter).....go figure, the problem was where it connected at the front parking light hot wire! I removed the tape installed by the dealer, fixed the connecting wire, re-taped the wires and I'm back up and running!

Looking on the bright side after this experience: I learned a few basics about the bike's brawn under its sleek exterior, I saved money and time by doing it myself, I was able to reroute the on/off PIAA light switch to my right handlebar and adjacent to the turn indicator kill switch, and I took the opportunity to clean the less viewed parts of the bike!

Lesson learned....plan 3-4 hours to gingerly take off the fairings and get a straight handle torx screwdriver/allen wrench kit....it may make it go faster!

Ride safe!


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post #3 of 4 Old May 24th, 2009, 7:38 pm
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Re: Sudden death of PIAA Lights

Great job on finding the cure for the PIAA outage, Kenny. Those electrical glitches are sometimes difficult to pinpoint without dis-robing the LT. Glad your persistence paid off, plus you got in some OJT on the tupperware dance!!

Take care - ride safe - have fun.
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Re: Sudden death of PIAA Lights

With practice, you'll get faster at stripping the Big Fat Pig.

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