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I noticed on my trip back from Canada that my low beam would cut off. I switched to high beam and irritated few drivers during the wee hours on the road, but I had to see, and the high beam stayed on. I thought it was the low beam ballast and ignitor, so I ordered a new set, and switched the ballast from the high to the low so I could continue to ride, however tonight the high would cut off every minute or so on the ride home. If I switched from high to low and back on again it would be fine for another few minutes. All connections were checked and seemed in order. Any ideas?????
 

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Thanks guys, I will replace both fuses, I dont have any spades left , everything under there is soldered.
 

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I had this happen and had to use the high beam and than put the original light back in to complete the ride. I found the ground wire had come loose from its connection, the crimp was poorly done. With the crimp fixed and secure there is no problem.
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Took the nose cone off, checked all the connections, replaced the fuses, even put on an extra ground wire from the ground to the frame, the low beam still only comes on for a minute or so then goes out. If I turn the bike off and turn the key on then it all works again for a minute or so. Any other ideas??
 

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Ok. Next step is to look at the bulb itself. Turn ignition off. Disconnect pigtails, get bulb out and check to see if the bulb lens is cracked. You may need a magnifier. If there is no crack. then it's either the igniter or ballast.

On a CQLight brand that I installed, I had a similar issue. Culprit was the pigtail connector to the igniter. Operator/installer error in that it was not properly connected. Once I had the connection right, we had no more issues.

One other thing I would check is the connection inside the headlight. Brown and yellow wire connector for low beam. Make sure the + and - wires from the HID side are seated properly. You should hear a slight click noise when they are.

Let me know what you find.



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I switched the ballast wiring, so that I could rule out a bad ballast and ignitor, so that with the high beam on I have low beam on the headlight, still only stays on for a few minutes. I checked the main connector going from the wire harness to the headlight assembly, there is a little play in it, though I moved it around to see if it will cut out the light and it stays on so the connection there is good. Still only stays on for a few minutes. Of the 3 wires going out of the headlight assembly, one is to the high beam, one to the low beam and one to the ground which is spliced to incorporate an extra wire to the bike frame, which probably is not doing anything. All connections are soldered, no spades at all
 

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Stupid question, as I have almost no electrical knowledge on 12 v systems, can I check the connector on the harness with a test light and see if there is continual power without frying something important?
 

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Bike harness? Yes.

Do not attempt to do that on the wiring from ballast/igniter unless you take major precautions. You are dealing with 18K-22K volts!

Your ground wire seems to be the culprit. Run a ground buss from the battery up to the nose cone. Then connect that wire to it. Or run that wire to the horn bolt with a O ring terminal below the bolt.

If it were me, I'd do the ground buss.



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Try the relay

My HID's were doing the same and I switched out the relay (under $5.00); has worked ever since. The relay will get wet and rust.
 

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Mike is coming over to work on the HID failure this evening. DOES ANYONE HAVE A COPY OF THE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CQ HID SYSTEM??? If so, can you email them to [email protected] Thanks in advance!
 

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Well, we checked every ground, connection etc on the bike and through switching the ballasts and ignitors, we dtermined that it is the low beam buld going bad. It will come on for about a min (if that long) and then go out. If you cut bike off, and then back on it does the same thing over and over.

Anybody ever heard of such a thing being caused by a bad HID bulb?
 

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A dark smudge but not on the center of the bulb. I will now see if I can sell the new ballast and igniter before monday, or I will send it back to cq and get a new bulb. Thank you to everyone who helped in this very frustrating time.
 
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