Auxiliary Lights-Fuse blowing - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: South Central Missouri, USA
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager
Displacement/CC's: 1700
Gender: Male
Posts: 13
Auxiliary Lights-Fuse blowing

When I got home yesterday, I realized my factory auxiliary driving lights were out, and found the 20 amp fuse blown. Replaced it and verified they were operating again.

When I arrived at work this morning, I found they were out again. I have not yet verified that the fuse is indeed blown, but suspect that will be the case.

When I get home this evening, I will likely trouble shoot, but was wondering if any other Voyager owners have also experienced the same issue, and if so, were you able to determine the fault?

I am aware of the ignition switch wiring recall, however, my VIN doesn't return any information on Kawi's site. I am wondering if there may be a chafed wire beneath the tank, or elsewhere, for that matter.
The bike has just over 60,000 miles, so I wouldn't be surprised to find a bare wire somewhere. The only customization I am aware of is when I added a Battery Tender extension, and I have replaced the turn signal relay with a solid-state version, to run LED signal bulbs. Haven't seen any other "stray" wiring, thankfully!

Thanks for the help!
Ron

Last edited by mohpossum; 06-09-2017 at 10:56 AM. Reason: added text.
mohpossum is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 12:30 PM
Top Contributor
 
rick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New Castle, Indiana
Gender: Male
Posts: 3,880
Garage
Mine blew out twice a couple years ago. Found the problem was a USB adaptor I had plugged in had came apart and the tip of it was in the socket. After removing the loose parts of it, have not blown a fuse since. They are on the same fuse I guess. This is the factory socket on the right side of dash.

2005 800 classic
2012 Voyager ABS
rick is offline  
post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 01:19 PM
Junior Member
 
imerani's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Doral, FL
Posts: 26
It sounds weird for me a 20A fuse. According to the catalog it uses 35W bulbs, so 70W/12V = 5.8A. With a 10A fuse should be more than enough. You probably have a bare wire. Also I don't think the switch can manage that current, they are generally rated for 10A.
What I recommend is if you remove the fairing to check the bulbs and wiring, replace them with LEDs. I did in mine and it is incredible the difference.
imerani is offline  
 
post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: South Central Missouri, USA
Year/Make/Model: 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager
Displacement/CC's: 1700
Gender: Male
Posts: 13
I had a Battery Tender to USB charger adapter plugged in briefly, but the lights were out before that, and it wasn't plugged in after fuse replacement. My Battery Tender extension is wired direct to the battery, though fused in-line.

True, the lamps shouldn't draw much current. If the switch/circuit is wired the way I would, the switch should only power a relay, and the relay a heavier load.

I did add one ram-style (auto) horn, but only extended the wiring from the original horn to the new one, and left the wimpy sounding biscuit horn in place. Sounds odd, but much more attention grabbing now, and not an excessive load, nor should it be on the same circuit.

I would have thought with the lights being factory equipped, the circuit would have been specific to them, and not lumped in with the "Accessory" circuit. Maybe one of the additional "accessory" wiring connections near the seat or dash has been rubbing the frame.

Looking at trading tomorrow, and would like to have it repaired tonight. Always an opportunity to learn something new, my dad would say. Especially if it weren't his rig, lol!

Thanks for the leads! Ride Safe!
mohpossum is offline  
post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2017, 12:09 AM
Lifetime Premium
 
Sabre-t's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Marietta, GA
Year/Make/Model: 2010 Kawasaki Voyager
Displacement/CC's: 1700
Color: Red/Black
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,086
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by imerani View Post
It sounds weird for me a 20A fuse. According to the catalog it uses 35W bulbs, so 70W/12V = 5.8A. With a 10A fuse should be more than enough. You probably have a bare wire. Also I don't think the switch can manage that current, they are generally rated for 10A.
What I recommend is if you remove the fairing to check the bulbs and wiring, replace them with LEDs. I did in mine and it is incredible the difference.
The fog lights are on the accessory circuit which has a 20A fuse.

Installed:
RAM mount for TomTom Rider 400 (with anti theft module)
6000k LED Headlight & Spots; Kisan Headlight Modulator (works with LEDs),
__Brake Light Modulator, LED License Plate Holder
Longer Kickstand
Dobeck EJK 3.0
Lucky Mirror Extenders
Misc. RAM Mounts for Cup Holder, SPOT, Phone, etc.
Chuckster BAK, Trailer Hitch and Cooler Rack
Wiring for Trailer
Ray's Throttle Mod
Things to do:
Drilling Baffle Plates (Maybe)
Paint HF Tag Along Trailer to Match Bike

LET'S RIDE
Sabre-t is offline  
post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-10-2017, 12:24 AM
Lifetime Premium
 
Sabre-t's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Marietta, GA
Year/Make/Model: 2010 Kawasaki Voyager
Displacement/CC's: 1700
Color: Red/Black
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,086
Garage
The fog lights are on the accessory circuit with the accessory socket on the right lower side of the fairing and the accessory quick connects by the radio in the fairing, and the ones under the seat. The brown/blue wires should be the positives for everything on this circuit. With the power off (preferably with the battery disconnected) check those wires for continuity to ground.

Installed:
RAM mount for TomTom Rider 400 (with anti theft module)
6000k LED Headlight & Spots; Kisan Headlight Modulator (works with LEDs),
__Brake Light Modulator, LED License Plate Holder
Longer Kickstand
Dobeck EJK 3.0
Lucky Mirror Extenders
Misc. RAM Mounts for Cup Holder, SPOT, Phone, etc.
Chuckster BAK, Trailer Hitch and Cooler Rack
Wiring for Trailer
Ray's Throttle Mod
Things to do:
Drilling Baffle Plates (Maybe)
Paint HF Tag Along Trailer to Match Bike

LET'S RIDE
Sabre-t is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tail lights and running lights keep blowing fuses golfer49 Vulcan 500 2 08-27-2015 10:23 PM
Auxiliary driving lights for Voyager TS Tinker Vulcan 1700 13 02-12-2014 10:09 AM
Auxiliary lights Coolpig59 Vulcan 2000 5 11-06-2013 11:11 PM
Keep Blowing Fuse rlac Vulcan 1500 1 09-10-2010 06:32 AM
Taillight fuse keeps blowing olegrumpyman Vulcan 500 0 06-04-2009 02:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome