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06-10-2016 01:34 AM
EkremO Hi Guys,

I have this issue at the moment on my bike, glad i found this thread, it helped me a lot. I already figured it out by myself about the connector, and i saw also 1 cable connector was little black like it burned a little, and yesterday i smelled something burned, the same smell of and insect, first thoughts were maybe a spider or something because of the heat of the engine. But later i was thinking, maybe its the cable.

My question is, are these connectors available to buy separate or are they come with a full wiring harnass ? If not, im going to do the bypass and connect each other separate from the block.

Thanks for this thread!
06-10-2016 01:01 AM
phat_gibbo I know this is an old thread but want to keep it alive as it saved me! I have HIDs installed and was noticing the illumination for the instruments was flickering and the lights were working sometimes and not others. Did the splice around the existing plug and it works like a charm!
05-06-2016 08:57 PM
trailbossb Thank you all for this Forum!!!! I have a 2007 R1 that had HID's installed when I bought it. Got stuck riding home in the dark a few times. Same exact issue, display and headlamps only, blinkers (and markers*i think) still worked. Kept blowing the headlamp fuse and replacing it, thought it was and overload issue or bad ground and I was going to have to pull everything apart. Didn't even have to fully remove left fairing, could see through the clear harness the RED/yellow stripe was corroded (not obvious). Took a chance and snipped it and put on a barrel connector. Also accidentally snipped a different wire as well by mistake but took care of that too. Thank you all again.
09-07-2015 06:16 PM
Rally88 Hey guys 08 I just had this happen and it is my only transportation as I just sold my car. I took the harness out of the front and didn't find much, that red/yellow had been spliced and looked burnt so changed splice and checked with meter I have power through it still no headlight. Checked fuse and looks good checked switch on bars and it has power coming in when bike is on ignition but soon as I start it has no power ? Not sure what to check now
08-05-2015 09:11 AM
Jrobbo Just found the same issue on 07 R1 lights went out at 1am on way home not street lights was scary as hell cheers for the info everyone
05-22-2015 06:45 PM
tmcj
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Originally Posted by Cyp View Post
In the day time I'm always riding on high beams. Could that be a cause of the lights shorting and burning out the connectors?
Yup, that is exactly it.
05-10-2015 04:20 PM
Cyp I had to fix a second connector that melted in the harness
05-10-2015 02:59 PM
Cyp In the day time I'm always riding on high beams. Could that be a cause of the lights shorting and burning out the connectors?
01-06-2014 02:49 PM
DJ1000cc Late response but, I shot all my wires for continuity and had intermittent opens and shorts. I had it down to just a fee wires and gave up after hours of work. So I took the bike in to the yamaha shop and had them look at it. They found a burnt but splice. I was tired of working on it so I let them replace the lighting wiring harness.
cost me $180 for parts and labor/diagnosis.
12-30-2013 01:58 PM
Ghosted I am having the same problem on my 08 r1, I bridged the wires as instructed and now I can hear the relay between brights and regular lights but I still have no cluster back light or headlights
07-25-2013 10:14 AM
ClayB_R1 I had the same problem in my 04. Turns out my connector was loose. So I just wrapped a ziptie around it and tightened it up. So far so good.

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07-25-2013 07:25 AM
C3L1CA Just adding my experience as I had a similar problem but was not what this thread was about.

I recently purchased an '05 R1 that the previous owner had a cover over the headlights for a track day and melted the plastic housing a bit. Said he put a new headlight in and had no problems. First night pulling it into the garage the gauges didn't light up and I had no headlights. Searched and found this thread, checked the white plug and it looked good, turned out it blew a fuse.

Make a long story short, about 6 fuses later and a few cuss words I determined it was the relay for the low beams.

So if anybody is having issues with the headlights/gauges not turning on because of fuses blowing and the plug looks fine, start with the relays. Could possibly save you a lot of trouble shooting time!
07-24-2013 08:11 PM
handleandrew
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Originally Posted by tmcj View Post
I had the exact same problem with my '08 last week. No headlights, high or low, and no blue back lights for the dash. The dash display all worked, and all marker lights, turn signals & brake lights were fine. I found the junction block in the harness and a burnt & corroded looking wire in it - red w/ a yellow stripe. Came on here before bypassing the block just in case of any other issues, and lo and behold it's yet another common issue with these bikes. I pulled the pins from the block and cleaned out as much of the melted plastic as possible, snipped the connectors, bypassed the block and reconnected with my own connectors. Ding, Ding, Ding!! Everything was back in order again.

And yes, it's right next to the little fuse box on the left side of the bike.







My headlights are 100% stock. I do have Watsen flushies and a Comp Werkes fender eliminator tag and signals, but they've both been on for a few years. What makes this pin overheat and melt the plastic?
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Originally Posted by eugensc View Post
Hi Guys,
Same thing happened to me yesterday morning. Seeing it was as I wanted to leave the house for work and it was still dark I parked it and commuted by car.

On the way to work it drove me nuts, but I had peace of mind knowing I would google it... and it must have happened to someone on this forum!

True as nuts, took em 5mins to find this tread!

So I took a couple of pics to nicely show how it looks on an 08 R1

How this can help the next guy!
I had this same problem on my '00 R6, '03 R1 and now on my '08 R1. in addition, my girl had the same problem on her '03 600RR. the wire that melts/corrodes was always the ground wire. idk why, but it happens. I ride with my bights on during the day, always have, (only had after market HIDs on the '03 R1 others were stock) but from what im seeing on here it seems to happen regardless. i'd even suggest doing the 'rerout' before the problem occurs so you don't go 'lights out' while riding twisties on some [email protected] mountain road...

if there is a way a moderator can flag this thread or something im sure it'd be helpful to many R1 owners, regardless of year. it seems to be something Yamaha doesn't wanna fix or address. the 'rerouting' repair doesn't take long but can be amazingly frustrating to try to figure out without guidance. the photos I tired to quote above make it a simple repair.

on an unrelated note, this smilie ---> is ridiculous... lol.

keep it upright.
06-29-2013 10:40 AM
eugensc Hi Guys,
Same thing happened to me yesterday morning. Seeing it was as I wanted to leave the house for work and it was still dark I parked it and commuted by car.

On the way to work it drove me nuts, but I had peace of mind knowing I would google it... and it must have happened to someone on this forum!

True as nuts, took em 5mins to find this tread!

So I took a couple of pics to nicely show how it looks on an 08 R1

How this can help the next guy!
02-08-2013 11:20 PM
vela
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Originally Posted by Wish-Rides View Post
same problem on my bike as well three days ago .. checked fuse .. its blowing again n again .. got needed info here .. gona check connectors ..
staling .. up down idling .. bad clutch sound .. bad starting .. what yamaha did in 2007 and 08 models .. had 05 R1 , 06 gsxr 1000 , 07 gsxr 1000 before this bike ... neva had these problems ..
what did you do ?? mine is the same , the fuse its blowing again n again what do i do ???
08-15-2012 10:05 PM
Psycho16161 Turns out mine wasn't burnt out, must have just been corrosion. Hit with lots of contact cleaner, plugged & unplugged a few times, good as new. Reinstalled with a good squirt of WD40. Thats twice this forum has solved small but seemingly large problems, thanks guys! Spare room for any visitors to Oz, or interstate, not far from Great Ocean Road.
08-09-2012 07:15 AM
Psycho16161 Nice one Tysm, reckon you've saved me a few bucks, thanks heaps!
05-29-2012 11:54 PM
hooligan998 Sounds like it overheated because it became corroded, which increased the resistance to the electrical load, not the otherway around. Yamaha can't warranty against corrosion because it's not a manufacturer defect. So don't give up 23 years of loyalty on that.
05-29-2012 03:13 PM
BOGIVERONRACING
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Originally Posted by kynetguy View Post
I decided none of them fit the "pissed off, almost died because the headlights unexpectedly failed at night customer" option.
Love this!!
05-23-2012 09:55 PM
tysm
Same issue, 2006 R1

I had the same problem on my way in to work the other morning (70 on freeway and, bam, no instrument backlight or headlights...fun).

I found the fix to be super easy. On the 2006, the wiring harness is on the right hand side. Remove right-front fairing and the harness is right there. Below are the pictures:

1) The burned connector pins with connector still attached

2) Connector unplugged, exposing the internal burning from arcing

3) I simply cut the wire on either side of the plug and used butt-splices to insert a piece of wire.

4) I heat-shrinked the splices and zip-tied the extra length of wire to the wiring harness.

It took about 10 minutes to do the fix, plus the time to remove and reinstall the fairings (that was more of a pain than the wiring, IMHO).

I hope this helps. If you cannot do the fix yourself, any shop can do this in well under an hour, so costs should be minimal. But who knows, they would probably want to replace the entire wiring harnesses, which isn't necessary.
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