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Hi, long time Sportsman rider (2004 400 Hunter Model) owned for 12 years, used for hunting, plowing my driveway and work around my acreage.

A buddy offered me his 08 500 2X Touring with EFI at a decent price. Has 3500lb winch and snow plow. He owned it for 1 year and never used it. It's a better machine as I hunt in AZ and need to change the carb jets in the 400 every time I go there. Plus I can 2 up on it legally, in Iowa the DNR fines people riding double on ATV's $195. They feel it is safer to put another person on a sled (NOT!) we use them on lakes for ice fishing. And with EFI no choke is needed on the cold mornings.

I took headlight cover off on the Sportsman 500 and noticed the high beam wires were cut. Bulb was still there with two wire leads (yellow and brown) cut. (I had never tried the high beams the one time I drove it)

The machine has a plow and I wondered if the first owner would have cut the high beam and ran the switch wires to other lights? There aren't any on it, but often with plowing you can't see over the blade when it is up, so you run on high beam.

Any ideas why the high beams would be cut on this machine? I couldn't find the leads coming from the switch. I ruled out the mod and relay to run all three lights at once, heck the high beam isn't even connected.

Any mods out there common to these things I am missing? Are the wires coming from the switch the same color or does it go through a connector on its way to high beam bulb?

I have two other connectors not hooked to anything under the headlight dash cover. A black 2 wire squareish one and a white 4 wire one inline one with 5 volts on the two center contacts. Anyone know what these are?

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Did someone say "Ice Fishing"
 

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I don't know why anyone would have cut the high beam wires.... unless, like you all ready mentioned, they used the wires to power another set of auxiliary lights or LED light bar??

I'd re-wire to factory.... with the only addition of a "3 High Beam" mod. Basically a diode & jumper wire setup will power the low beams along with the high beams, when in the high beam switch position. I like this mod for plowing my driveway in the dark. But then I also added a 10" LED light bar that's 10X what the 3-way mod is!!

Otherwise, it's all the accessories of your choosing!
 

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Found out it is a fault from the factory. The wire harness is too tight and when you turn it runs the wires past a sharp edge. Lots of 08 and 09 Sportsmans have high beams that don’t work. Per my dealer and other threads here.
 

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Found out it is a fault from the factory. The wire harness is too tight and when you turn it runs the wires past a sharp edge. Lots of 08 and 09 Sportsmans have high beams that don’t work. Per my dealer and other threads here.
My 07 has that problem also..broken wires
 
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