1. Chase Power

    Electrical bugs i really need help with

    Alright so this is my first post, i have a 1983 maxim xs400 and its a bit of a project bobber, im haveing some electrical issues come up that i havent been able to figire out in 4 years, the previous owner had only "shorten" the harness whatever that means and changed the taillights hook which...
  2. H

    Aftermarket Left-hand Switches Wiring HELP PLEASE

    This is my very first motorcycle project. I bought this aftermarket device for my turn signals, headlight, and horn control. It only has 8 wires while the original setup on my 1982 XS400s has 10 wires. However, they serve the same function (except the original blinker switch comes back to the...
  3. Aedan Graves

    XS400G Special 2 headlight not turning on

    I got a new (I'll be it cheap) headlight for my xs400 and I'm pretty sure, not positive, but pretty sure I got the wiring correct and when I turn the key the tail light comes on and works but the head light doesn't. is the XS400G Special 2 the kind of bike that waits for the engine to reach a...
  4. C

    Aftermarket headlight

    Thought some people might get a laugh/idea out of this. This is how I used the stock headlight with a 9003 aftermarket bulb. I did this probably 10 years ago at a much younger age but surprisingly held up. I used quick steel to hold bolts to the back of the headlight I can't remember what I used...
  5. andrewvalentine

    78 XS400-2E Headlight/Flasher issues

    Hey everyone, I have a new problem with this bike: Recently when I start up the bike the headlight works but then after it's been running for a few minutes bothe the headlight and flashers no longer work. Is this an alternator problem or maybe something else? I don't really know where to look...
  6. N

    Quick headlight question

    I've done some searching but I can't seem to find what I want to know. I have a 77 XS250 and rode it in the dark for the first time last night. The headlight was underwhelming to say the least so I'd like to replace it. I thought I could pop out the globe and pop in a H4 but it looks like the...
  7. pleasant

    Replacement Headlight for 1979 XS400 2F

    Hi all, New to the forum and I've just recently purchased a '79 XS400 2F and the standard headlight is pathetically dim. For any low-light riding I have to use the high beam, whose brightness equates to that of a dimmer modern regular beam. From my reading of other threads and cursory...
  8. H

    Wiring New Headlight Switch

    Greetings! I recently purchased new handlebar switches from MikesXS. They have arrived and look great. The right hand switch installation was simple. The left hand switch, not so much. I have blinkers and a horn, but no headlight. I have a 1981 XS400. The original light switch had 6-wires...
  9. covertune

    Headlight, will this work?

    Like most people, looking to upgrade my headlight. My friend has suggested this, but after reading on here, it doesn't seem like a simple switch is even possible…...
  10. T

    Headlight and gauge lights won't come on when running.

    I'm drawing a blank here. The headlight elements look good and the fuse looks whole. An idea why I don't have headlights when the bike is running? Tail light and brake lights work fine. I hate electrical issues. :wtf:
  11. J

    Headlight & indicators suddenly not working

    I'm pretty sure I blew something.. Well, I know I did. While trying to get these darn neutral and oil lights working on my new LED speedo, I screwed something up. While fiddling with wires I found I suddenly had no lights. Checked fuses and a couple were blown, replaced them and still not...
  12. A

    Need Help Wiring High/Low Switch

    I need some help on wiring. I have a 1977 XS400 and I bought a left side handlebar control that has the blinker control, horn, and High/Low beam switch from DimeCityCycles. I wired up the headlight, yellow wire, green, and black, but the light isn't coming on. I noticed that when I took apart...
  13. Mannix

    Left turn signal and Brake Lights, Don't Work!

    Hey guys been here for a year, but still in the newbie range (I'm wrenchy but could use suggestions for a book that breaks down motorcycle mechanics and maintenance?). My '83 XS400 has a few issues I need to look into, but most pressing right now is electrical. I've recently noticed that...
  14. J

    Headlight and Starter not working

    I bought my XS400 a few weeks ago and the headlight never worked but the starter did. cleaned out the high/low selector switch with contact cleaner, that didn't help. Then I traced the headlight back to a relay with a yellow paint mark on it under the seat, cleaned that with contact cleaner, and...
  15. JPaganel

    Headlight. Big and square or small and round?

    I'm undecided. I am looking at two replacement headlights, one 7 inch rectangular, the other 5 3/4 inch round. Both are about $30, both take an H4 halogen bulb. Which one should I get?