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ATV - wiring new LED headlights using factory switch

Postby Mossyoakglock [OP] » May 13 2019, 4:46pm

I have a 1996 Polaris Sportsman 500 that I got cheap and slowly fixing it up. I got it running so now it's on to the headlights.

I tested the plugs and I am getting power to the socket so the bulbs are just blown. But, since you can't find an automotive bulb that cross-references to the Polaris bulbs and the Polaris bulbs are $30 a piece, I figured an upgrade is in order.

I want to use the factory headlight switch and replace the existing lights with some LEDs. My first question is do you think I need to use a relay? If not, that would make wiring much easier but don't mind running a relay if needed.

If I need to do the relay, is this how I should wire it?

85 to Ground
87 to positive on new light
30 to battery w/ inline fuse
86 to positive factory headlight wire

I don't know which LEDs I'm going to get so I don't know the power draw compared to the original bulb. I believe the factory polaris bulb draws 27 or 35 watt.
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Re: ATV - wiring new LED headlights using factory switch

Postby 19trax95 » May 13 2019, 5:09pm

It all would depend on the new bulbs you get. But given the age I'd just use a relay harness. It's easy to wire up and it takes the guess work out of the equation. Unless they pull some really low current then I wouldn't worry about it
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