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Was out after dark last night,stopped to get fuel,and when I started back up,my headlight didn't come back on...Turned the key off,started back up,and it came on....Went out a few minutes ago,started up,and no light...Turned off the key,started again,and this time there was about a 2 or 3 second delay before the light came on....This is on an 08.....Is there a relay for the headlight that could be going bad? All fuses and connections seem to be good....It never flickered last night after it came back on,so I am not thinking in the lines of a short....There has to be a switch somewhere that turns it on when the engine starts....
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Is it the same with high and low beam? If it's a low beam only issue it may just be your bulb is about to die.


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Is it the same with high and low beam? If it's a low beam only issue it may just be your bulb is about to die.
Good point, when it happens try high beam, if that does work, then you have a low beam bulb or bulb connection problem. The low and high beam are powered by the same relay circuit. I would be more inclined that the relay is going, from what I have seen in the wiring diagram, the headlight relay is part of a relay box assembly . The headlight comes on after the starter button is released, headlight goes out momentarily when the starter button is pressed.
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Thanks for the response...It is both high and low beam.....I have concluded a new relay box is in order,and on order....
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Please tell us how the new relay box works out. This issue is new to me.

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I had a "similar" sounding problem with my 2008. Replacement of the starter relay (a.k.a. magnetic switch P/N 27010-1446) ultimately (I changed the relay package and the headlight issue persisted) fixed the problem.


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So help me understand....Are you saying the starter selenoid fixed the problem? I didn't realise the headlight went through it...I will keep that in mind if the relay doesn't fix the problem...I am hoping it will be here today or tomorrow....
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So help me understand....Are you saying the starter selenoid fixed the problem? I didn't realise the headlight went through it...I will keep that in mind if the relay doesn't fix the problem...I am hoping it will be here today or tomorrow....
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You don't say what year your Versys is, but the Shop Manual for my 08, Electrical System 16-59 shows the starter relay (a.k.a the "magnetic switch") going to the headlight relay. Since I changed the relay package (contains the headlight relay) and it didn't fix the problem, changing the magnetic switch got the headlights working again.....for the last 3,000 miles to date.

The magnetic switch is under the small triangle access cover on the LH side of the bike, this is with the cover removed:



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Nothing has failed yet...My selenoid box should be here today....
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