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09 WR450F Headlight Removal

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I'm looking into removing my WR's headlight and replacing it with a YZ number plate. After a thorough internet search it seems there are possibly some issues with simply disconnecting the headlight, as some people report that their regulator/rectifier break, and either cutting a yellow wire or installing a resistor will stop that from happening. Would I be safe to remove it and not touch anything else, or is the resistor/cut wire needed?

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I looked into removing mine on my 08, and fired a question to Yamaha UK, via my dealer.

The response back was don't just take the headlight off coz you will have problems, but replace it with a resistor

 

There was a 'fix' from Yamaha for the YFZ quad which consisted of a ballast resistor, to take the load in place of the bulb to protect the reg rec &/or stator

This apparently fits the WR as well

The electrical power generated by the stator, which can't be 'turned off' has to go somewhere - either turned into light by the bulb, or dissipated as heat by the reg/rec

In the end I left my light on

 

There are many on here who have just removed the headlight with no ill effects

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For whatever it's worth, I run my bike with the headlight off (switched off, not removed) literally all of the time, and I ride a couple of times a week.  I will have to see if there's excessive heat coming off the regulator/rectifier next time I ride. 

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For whatever it's worth, I run my bike with the headlight off (switched off, not removed) literally all of the time, and I ride a couple of times a week.  I will have to see if there's excessive heat coming off the regulator/rectifier next time I ride. 

 

you can't switch the headlight off on an 07+

They are powered directly from the stator, and only work with the engine running

 

either you have a pre 07, or you have floated the ground so that all the  power goes to the battery, and the headlight runs from the battery

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The only thing is the previous owner did install a Tusk dual sport kit which included an off-low-high switch for the headlight. I don't know if that meant also floating the ground, but I will investigate...as soon as I learn what floating a ground means. Google...activate.

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I think what i'll do is have a look and unplug the yellow wire coming from the stator to the regulator. I looked at the wiring diagram and it looks like disconnecting it should do the trick and leave all the other electrical bits working. 

 

Has anyone installed a yz plate and kept/relocated the stock speedometer? I don't really want to get rid of it as i like having the odometer function. 

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I'm looking for a factory wr450 headlight if you guys are removing yours for good, anyone want to sell me theirs? I also have a baja designs high output headlight if any one is interested?

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