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Old 01-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rancher headlight problem

I have a '06 350 Rancher. The headlights quit working. I checked the fuses and they appear to be OK. The brake lights still work and I assume that they are on the same circuit. The bulbs appear to be OK; there is no water or corrosion apparent on the rear of the bulbs. The wiring appears to be OK, but I assume that there is a problem with it or the switch itself.

Is there a way to check the switch on the handlebar?

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you can take apart the light switch assembly and the contacts may be corroded. just take the two screws off the back that attaches to the handlebar and with a little effort it will come apart
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After doing a bit of research - I went back up to the barn and tried a number of things... none of which worked.

The switch is not corroded. The headlights are not corroded.

I think the switch is bad. When I test it there is almost 14 volts on the one side of the switch and nothing on the other no matter where the toggle is positioned. I think I need a new switch.

Can I just buy a new toggle switch? Or, do I need the entire assembly with the starter, on-off slider, and both headlight on/off switch and the high/low switch?

Is there somewhere on-line that I can get parts? Or should I just go to the nearest Honda dealer?
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If the headlight switch is bad, you have to buy the whole handlebar switch.

You should be able to order a switch from ServiceHonda.com, MotoSport.com, Bikebandit.com, CheapCycleParts.com, or any online parts site.
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if i were you..i would try finding out why your not getting power across the switch ??.most times it's just a broken or loose wire ?. if it can not be traced down..and fixed ?.then yes..time for a new switch..they have came down in prices within the past few years..sooo..it won't break the bank if you had to buy a whole assembly..which..as helmut said...you will need to do this.
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you can pick up a new one off ebay for around $45. i am buying one for my 300 here shortly
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Thanks guys. I tried ebay first and they didn't have one for my model and the ones that they did have look old and beat. I'm going to look into the cost of a new one.

Shadetree, I took the whole switch apart down to the plastic rocker and couldn't figure out why power isn't going across the switch. You can only take it so far apart from what I can tell... If I can get the whole assembly for less than an arm and a leg, that's probably where I'll head.

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