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Old 12-15-2013, 05:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fired up the 800 Rush for the season the other day and noticed that the headlight wasn't bright, just barely amber. It was fine last season. I thought that it might be the low battery so I charged it up. The charger said 'sulfated/weak' when it was finished, but it has enough juice to fire the sled right up when you turn the key.

Hooked the charged battery up and it still wasn't bright. I pulled the hood/headlight off the 600 Rush and tried it on the 800. Same result. Everything else seems to function as it should. Flicking between high and low beam changes between bulb filaments, but that 's it.

Everything looks to be hooked up and I can't find any frayed wires or such.

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Old 12-15-2013, 05:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If were an older Edge chassis, I would blame the regulator.
Any accessories added since last year?
RCA or 12V plug in?
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nothing done/added to the sled over the summer.
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Old 12-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just tried the voltage regulator out of the 600 in the 800, lights are still dim.
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I am thinking a short somewhere, like a critter go in there??? With the sled running what is the battery voltage? Also check your grounds. I am not a Polaris guy so I don't know if your head lights are AC or DC.


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Old 12-15-2013, 06:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I am thinking a short somewhere, like a critter go in there??? With the sled running what is the battery voltage? Also check your grounds. I am not a Polaris guy so I don't know if your head lights are AC or DC.


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I'm thinking dc, did you check voltage at the hood plugin? Do your hand warmers heat up? Might wanna check voltage in a few places but I'm sure if the stator wasn't throwing enough voltage it would throw a code. Take the battery out and see what happens with voltage. I'm pretty sure the battery does nothing but turn over the starter on these things same as my 09.

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Old 12-15-2013, 09:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I had a left Grip heater go out - and at the same time my buddy noticed the lights weren't on much - similar to your pictures. I pulled one of the wires out from under the grip (bad solder joint) and my lights came back on. In short I would bet it's a short! If your grip heater isn't working I'd start there.....
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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lights should be ac looks like a bad ground somewhere. find the main chasis ground and check it and make sure it is not loose or corroded. check the battery terminals for corrosion too. not likely a short
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, we've got a winner, @mick49157:



Handwarmers on: Lights go out. Handwarmers off: Lights go on.

As soon as I removed the brake lever/switch assembly the wire fell out of the grip. I'm thinking I damaged it when I rotated the brake lever at some point, there isn't much wiggle room for the heater wire in the clamp.



All I need is one new heating element and I'm good to go. Thanks for the help guys!
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow, note to self, be careful when rotating brake
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