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Old 02-27-2010, 03:10 PM
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Reverse light blinking

I did a search and couldn't find an answer, so here's my question: My reverse light lights up when I start my engine with the choke on. Mainly when I hit the gas a little and rpm's go up. It also lights up when I am running at speed; when I back off the throttle, it goes out. I don't notice any performance drop (rev limiter kicking in). I have a aftermarket cdi (RM Stator) that helped with performance, just causes starter to strain. I checked the connection of the reverse sensor, and it is tight. Is something wrong? Should I bag my cdi and go to Dynatech? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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usually its a reerse indicator switch going bad....maybe unthread it out of the top o fth emotor and check it then put it back in?
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:57 PM
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I did a search and couldn't find an answer, so here's my question: My reverse light lights up when I start my engine with the choke on. Mainly when I hit the gas a little and rpm's go up. It also lights up when I am running at speed; when I back off the throttle, it goes out. I don't notice any performance drop (rev limiter kicking in). I have a aftermarket cdi (RM Stator) that helped with performance, just causes starter to strain. I checked the connection of the reverse sensor, and it is tight. Is something wrong? Should I bag my cdi and go to Dynatech? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I installed led reverse light on my wife's 450 and done the same thing.It had a tri fire cdi and i removed it and that took care of the problem.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:03 PM
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Was it the CDI, or the back-up light kit? or combination of both? I don't think it did it when I replaced the CDI, but after the back-up light kit (UTV Crap set-up), it started. Not saying that is the cause. Steve, Nick?? Like I said, it doesn't effect performance...just drives me nuts. I also want to make sure it is not indicating another problem.
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good luck mine did the same thing never did get it fixed tried everything its the reverse light u installed. i have a tri fire and put the stock back in still did it. i cant stand flashing stuff or lights that dont belong on so i now have 50 bucks worth of stuff that doesnt work. good luck
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Was it the CDI, or the back-up light kit? or combination of both? I don't think it did it when I replaced the CDI, but after the back-up light kit (UTV Crap set-up), it started. Not saying that is the cause. Steve, Nick?? Like I said, it doesn't effect performance...just drives me nuts. I also want to make sure it is not indicating another problem.
Will i did the aftermarket hookup where you had to add the relay and hook into the green and blue wire i think. Which that the wire behind the speedo which bring the rev light on coming out of the cdi which is a ground. You my try hooking that wire off the switch before it go into thhe cdi.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:02 AM
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usually its a reerse indicator switch going bad....maybe unthread it out of the top o fth emotor and check it then put it back in?
X2... especially since it sounds like gets worse when rpm (vibration) increases

15 second check to confirm/deny the switch.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:41 AM
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When I unthread it, what am I looking for? What tells me if it's bad? Thanks alot for all the help!
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sorry to bring up an old thread, but like LeonF asked, what should we be looking for in regards to a bad or good switch when we remove it?

Thanks in advance!
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I would not remove it unless it does not go from short to open when you go from reverse to forward...
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I would not remove it unless it does not go from short to open when you go from reverse to forward...
Ok, it does that, but once i drive around some, the light begins a constant flashing, regardless of gear, and only disappears after stopping and starting the engine again, any suggestions? The light functions as it should until i drive some. I've already checked both locations on the wire and both appear to be fine.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:50 PM
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I recommend grounding the wire to the motor where the battery cable is grounded...

If that solves the problem it was either the connection at the switch (notorious for this symptom) or the switch itself...

If that does NOT solve the problem then it is probably at or in the CDI or maybe the indicator depending on which indicator type you have...

Solidly ground the wire first... note that light should NOT come on in reverse or forward and you will have NO reverse rev/speed limiter...
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