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    Lights don't work on Brammo Atom 2

    I found out last night that my lights don't work. I can't remember the last time I turned them on, so it's hard to say how long it's been like this. Turn signals, brake lights, hazard lights are all ok. Driving lights, low beams, high beams, and rain light don't work. I'm guessing it's the switch on the dash. Any other ideas? Bad relay maybe?
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    Have you checked the fuses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lane View Post
    Have you checked the fuses?
    The fuses looked fine in the dark, but sure enough the fuse for the switch is blown. Replaced it and it blew that one too. Looks like I need to track down a short. Still think it could be the switch.
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    I have it narrowed down to the running lights circuit. If I leave out the running lights fuse, the headlights work. If I put in the fuse for the running lights, it blows both the running lights fuse and the light switch fuse. I disconnected the connectors for the front and rear running lights, and it still blows.

    Anyone know how to take apart the light switch? I removed it from the dash, but I don't see how to get into it.
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    The fuse block on my AA2 was not very good. If you pushed in a fuse it'd push the terminal out the back of the fuse block.

    Verify that all your fuse wiring isn't just hanging loose under the fuse block, shorting out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McFred View Post
    The fuse block on my AA2 was not very good. If you pushed in a fuse it'd push the terminal out the back of the fuse block.

    Verify that all your fuse wiring isn't just hanging loose under the fuse block, shorting out.
    Good idea, I'll try to check that. I still want to take apart the light switch. It was a little loose in the dash, which allowed the switch and wires to twist when I turned the knob.
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    you may also look for a wire that's grounding out.


    On my rain light the wire behind the license plate bracket wore through the coating on the wires causing me short after short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver View Post
    you may also look for a wire that's grounding out.


    On my rain light the wire behind the license plate bracket wore through the coating on the wires causing me short after short.
    The rain light works, and I still have a short with all the running lights unplugged. I took apart the light switch, but it's ok. Looks like the short is between the switch and the fuse box. I don't see much chance for a short except under the fuse box like McFred said. I'll look there next. It looks like a pain to take out though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanD View Post
    I don't see much chance for a short except under the fuse box like McFred said. I'll look there next. It looks like a pain to take out though.
    Yup, it's pretty unpleasant. The main problem is that you will drop some of the hardware when re-assembling and need to start over if you can't fish it out. Here's the general plan:

    Start by disconnecting the negative side of the battery.
    On front bracket holding the fuse and relay boxes to the fiberglass box, remove the front three nuts and screws.
    On the same bracket remove the four screws into the fuse and relay boxes, remove bracket.
    On the rear bracket remove the four screws into the fuse and relay boxes. (You can do this with out removing the fiberglass nose piece.)

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    Terry,

    That sounds like a good plan. I only need to see the bottom of one fuse box, so maybe it won't be that bad.
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