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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone else have the headlight socket burn out?

With the commute home now in the dark thanks to the change in daylight savings, I found that my high beam head lamp was out.
Found it out around 6500 miles, but I never rode the Versys after dark before so it could have been sooner.

I was hoping it was a cheap, buy it at the auto parts store item.
Nope, ended up being $58 order from Kawasaki only part

Anyone else have one of these burn up?

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Not mine....but it appears that there was probably a short on that terminal causing some spark or arching (black soot on one terminal). Plastics doesn't seem to have melted, me thinks is some kind of a glass filled Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) which has high melting point (300 deg C).

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I had my low beam socket exactly like that... But I was using a cheap lamp (not the EOM), so maybe it was just due to heat build up from a poorly designed/fabricated cheap lamp?!...

Anyway I discarded the socket... I was installing HID xenon when I found this out.

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I canít imagine what that point could have shorted to (although I guess the lamp itself could have shorted internally) ... but a loose/poor connection between the lampís blade and the connector could have done it.

Poor connections increase resistance, which creates heat at the point of resistance, which increases resistance, ...

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The thing that I found very odd is the bulb (the original I believe) was/is fine.
I am still using it.


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Anyway I discarded the socket... I was installing HID xenon when I found this out.
Do you still have the good one off your highbeam side....I'll give ya $10 for it.

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The thing that I found very odd is the bulb (the original I believe) was/is fine.
I am still using it.
Do you still have the good one off your highbeam side....I'll give ya $10 for it.
I noticed the same, the lamp was OK (just a little heat discolored near the contact tab) and the socket was melted/burned... Maybe Hardware as a point, poor connection contact...

Sorry buddy, no deal because I need it I only installed HID xenon in the low beam, the high beam is the same.

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