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Yamaha v star 1100 blowing head lights

My yamaha v star 1100 is going through headlights like they're free. It seems to be happening only at high rpm (during warm-up periods, when the choke is on) for the low beam, and the high beam blows out immediately after turning the switch. Is this a bad voltage regulator or am I looking down the wring path.

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  • erick_johnso May 21, 2009

    No, the lights work fine without the engine running.

  • erick_johnso May 21, 2009

    the battery is less than a week old.

    I didn't keep it charged over the winter

  • Mike McDowell May 11, 2010

    Ok...


    Then I think you are on the right path by looking at the Voltage regulator.

  • Mike McDowell May 11, 2010

    If you switch on the high beam without the engine running will it blow the bulb? 

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    i have power on the high/low switch but not on the head light

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How's the battery holding up? Check the voltage on the battery and also check to see if it is bubbling a lot. 13.8V is optimal for the battery charging with the engine running, but up to 14.4 is common. If it's running a lot over that and the battery is making a lot of bubbles, probably the regulator is the problem.

If the battery is low on electrolyte, the regulator doesn't have anyplace to dump electrons, and that could also be a problem, so make sure the battery connections are good and tight, too.

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  • Dan C May 21, 2009

    Did you install the battery? Make sure that there isn't a wire hiding someplace that didn't get connected, and also that the connections are clean and shiny. Any corrosion could prevent the regulator from getting a good sensing of the battery voltage. (I don't have the Vstar to look at right now).

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