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HID blows fuses

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I just installed HID kit on my V. It looks amazing but i have a problem. The 10amp fuse keeps blowing. Will it be okay to put a higher amp fuse like 15 or 20?

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Not advisable, check your wiring work, check Amps ratings. Fuse blows on activation or after a lapse of time. Pls explain when does the fuse blows.
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Hi Fastoman,
Wiring is fine. it was plug and play. the fuse blows after about 10-15 mins, Not on activation. what do you think?

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What the amps rating onthe new unit and compare that with the original one. Going 1 up on fuse is not advisable but you can. If you go 1 up on the fuse that the rating of the orinal harness-wires comes in play, ie weather the orignal harness has the capacity to take the load.

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Hi Pensionera_gmp,

The bike's OEM wiring can't handle the load. Check any signs of heat or melting when you have the HID on.

1.Try getting a higher rating aftermarket wiring harness for your HID.
2. Fixing a relay would help.


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Something isn't right, I've had my HID's one for a year and 10k miles with the stock wiring, the draw isn't that great, less than the stock headlight really, so it shouldn't be blowing the fuse. I think maybe you have a bad balast.
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Marc11 might be right about the bad ballast.

Recommended swap the ballast first and see if it works... then swap the bulb.

if the bulb still doesn't light up then it's probably the relay... if the bulb lights up after the swap then it's the ballast.


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hey guys,
I just put a 15amp fuse and it works fine for now. cables are fine, bulbs are fine, everything just works perfect. I was on the rode for 300 miles today it everything was fine so... thank you all.

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I just put a 15amp fuse and it works fine for now. cables are fine, bulbs are fine, everything just works perfect. I was on the rode for 300 miles today it everything was fine so... thank you all.
Thatís a really bad idea!

A fuse is sized to the wire it protects, so that the fuse will blow before the wire melts.

If the fuse is capable of handling more current than the wire, everything will work fine, right up to the point where the load (whether used by devices or a short., etc.) exceeds what the wire can handle. At that point the wire will melt before the fuse blows -- and since the wire is in a harness along with the other wires, it make take out a whole bunch of other stuff with it, not to mention the potential fire hazard.

If your device draws more than the circuit can handle, put it on its own separate properly fused circuit -- and if you want to control it from the first circuit (e.g. on/off with the High Beams) just put it on a relay and trigger the relay with the High Beam circuit. Itís really quite easy to do and the V has a bunch of places to put fuse blocks & relays.

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What the amps rating onthe new unit and compare that with the original one. Going 1 up on fuse is not advisable but you can. If you go 1 up on the fuse then the rating of the orinal harness-wires comes in play, i.e weather the orignal harness has the capacity to take the load.

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Best you keep an eye on the wiring. You dont want to cook up your harness.


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