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I have a 1998 1100 virago. the headlight doesnot work. where is the ground connection for the headlight. I did get a light for a few seconds but then it went out.

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  • rvheusen Aug 06, 2010

    I have moved the wires around. I have no light when I turn the bike on. Yesterday I had a short and the wire trim on the brake hose got hot and the head light casing was hot. I have taken the head light apart and inslected all wires that are there no shorts in them.

  • rvheusen Aug 06, 2010

    no the problem still exists

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It should be grounded through the same plug as the power comes through.Power goes in,across the bulb,out the ground to wherever or whatever it is actually grounded to.Is this an intermittent problem?If it is,just kind of gently pull on the wires leading to the plug,about 6 inches away if it is accessible enough,and turn the wires in all kinds of directions.Left and right,up and down,in small circles and see if it affects the light.If the light goes on and off at all,briefly or whatever,and does not stay on,inspect the wires and the connector.The ground should trace back to either a visible central grounding point,or something else that is attached directly to ground.Also,I am not familiar with all bikes/models/years but you could check the bulb itself and see if it is screwed in tight enough or whatever.If it has a central tab for the type of bulb that you push down and twist to insert,that is the power input and it grounds on the sides of the inside where it is plugged in.If the tab is pushed down too far,it may not make good contact with the bottom of the bulb.If you have ny electrical measuring equipment,it would be useful.If not,no big deal,we can figure this out.The light also comes on automatically when you turn the key too right?Let me know if you find anything,if not please feel free to reply and we can figure this out.Good luck and ride on! Greg

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  • Greg McCarthy Aug 06, 2010

    How is the light wired?Is there a plug in the back,like for a wall outlet,or is it the push,turn and release bulb?

  • rvheusen Aug 06, 2010

    There is a plug in the back of the light.

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