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I own a 02 700 RMK, 2 weeks ago I lost my highbeams. After troobleshooting I came to the conclusion that it was the dimmer switch, since it was prime riding I opted to go sledding and run low beams. Well now I've lost them. Has anyone repaired this style dimmer switch? Any info welcomed. Thanks Scott
 

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I have repaired the brake switch on my 2000 XC500SP. The contacts were 'dirty' and I was able to take the switch apart carefully and clean it using crocus cloth. A new switch was $50+ and I thought it was worth a try to repair the old one. The repaired switch lasted for another year when I traded in the sled.

My advice is take it easy removing the old one and take care disassembling the switch. Check it with an Ohm meter or battery and a light before cleaning the contacts. I had to drill the rivets and put it back together with small brass bolts. Check for proper operation before reassembling and your good to go.


Good luck.
John.
 

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Just curious, but how did you troubleshoot the problem to isolate a failed dimmer switch?

How many volts AC is your electrical system putting-out? (at about 3000 RPM?)
 

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Just curious, but how did you troubleshoot the problem to isolate a failed dimmer switch?

How many volts AC is your electrical system putting-out? (at about 3000 RPM?)[/b]
I used a ohm meter to check for continuity at the plug going to the dimmer switch. With the wiring diagram to the sled i could tell which wire was incomuig power wnd which ones were hi and low beam. I check voltage an I had a constant 13.5 volts. With some more research I found out Polaris had some problem dimmer switches.
 

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Interesting.

Have you checked with Polaris to see if they put out any technical bulletins on the subject? If they had problems with their switches, there might be a "better" replacement available. If so, I would replace the switch. If the switch design won't handle the current put through it, it will only fail again, usually when you need it most.
 

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Yep, that sounds like my experience. As cheap as they seemed to be, the older style flipper switch was definitely less problematic as well as cheaper to replace. When I discovered how expensive a new switch block was, I decided to simply bridge the low beam contacts in the switch and go with that. It's worked for almost two years now. (Now if I can only keep my generator [engine] going, maybe I'll have lights, even if only low beam!)
 

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i had mine soldered over for low beam but started having trouble with grip heaters and was going way north.so i changed it.now theres one on ebay.
 

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We have 6 machines in the same category. Unfortunately we all have the same problem, Some hav only Hi the others have Lo. Obviously it is a Manufactureres defect. Would like to know if this is practical to repair????
 
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