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Check fuse and bulb first, then switch and wiring next.

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My headlight goes dim and then bright on my 2009 Harley softail custom


Hi, Anonymous if your headlight is not working, keeps burning out, blinking, or is dim the first thing you need to check is the headlight bulb for damaged filaments then check your light circuit fuse, that being said the usual suspects are:
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