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My "06 Swithback 600 started acting up today. Headlight would wink very dim and then come on bright. Then it would wink dim again. The digital display would also go blank with the oil light blinking eratically. The display would act up when the sled was given full throttle. In addition, I'd loose about 600 rpm when the display would wink out. As if the failsafe temp protection activated. Anybody got a clue? Also, the sled ran fine three weeks ago. Since then I installed a new tank and carb spigots. I'll be digging into it tomorrow in search of a pinch wire or bad connection. The dimming headlights have me thinking it's a VR issue.
 

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Also noticed that the headlight becomes extremely dim when the hand/thumb warmers are on. I'm beginning to think that the problem only occured when the handwarmers were on. Anybody?
 

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No problems like yours, but I noticed very weak output on my thumb warmer this week. Seemed better last year. Don't think I even put my high beam this past ride. Still trying to learn that damn gauges various functions consistently.
 

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You did change your handle bars. Perhaps one of the heating elements are grounding out occasionally It happened to me when reusing a heat tape once. I would check voltage then start disconnecting stuff to find what's robbing power from your electrical system.
 

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You did change your handle bars. Perhaps one of the heating elements are grounding out occasionally It happened to me when reusing a heat tape once. I would check voltage then start disconnecting stuff to find what's robbing power from your electrical system.[/b]
good advice.

Turn off the handlebar heaters, if that fixes it, then isolate which side, it could be only at a particular setting of the switch. You may have to squeeze and twist the grips a little to get the intermittent short to happen, in the heater grid.
 

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Yes, I did change the handlebars. I had thought about that last night and had already tried what you suggested. Also did a resistance check. Both warmers are good. Also looked over the wiring. I find no shorts. However, everyone might be advised to check the loose, double red wire above the left foot well. The aluminum edge of the chassis had started to cut into one of the wires.
 

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Fuse is in the trailer, but if thats the wire I'm thinking of, I loomed and tiestrapped it last year. Does it have a molded plug on it?
 

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had a problem with my 900 fusion dash blacking out, it turned out to be a wire chalfing on the metal clip holding the fuel line coming out of the tank, my dealer said he had seen a few of these machines do this.
 
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