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2005 outlander 400 fail light?

hi guys i have read alot about the voltage regulators going bad and i think mine has on my outlander i was jw how to test if it did? the fail light only cam on a couple of times and then i couldnt start it with the electric start ..so i just kept pull starting it ... the a couple days later the headlights went out .. now the atv will only idle and if u try and give it any throttle it will stall........ im almost 100 percent sure its a voltage regulator but i dont kno if i should relocate it or not? and if i can test it if i get a new battery .... i dont know wut to do but any imput would be great thanks guys
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just buy the regulator from rmstator and be done with it. you don't have to relocate it with that one.
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Most likely you fried your battery. When mine failed it was putting out close to 20 volts. The test is to see what voltage you are putting out with a volt meter. You should see a number between 13-14.4 volts. When you see the fail message you are putting our more volts then 14.4 volts. I am not sure what the voltage reading has to be to trip the fail message, just that it is more then 14.4 volts. As far as your battery you would need a load tester which any automotive shop or ATV dealer would have.
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same year, same bike, same problem

I have the same bike and went through what you are explaining.
Like the above message get one from rmstator.com
it will cost about $70 compared to the dealers $300. No relocation, no adapter.

If your bike is like mine... an 05, then the VR should be at the back by the battery anyway.

Side note, i had to get a new battery and new lights. (probably you too)
Battery was gone. And the bad VR caused the lights to go.
The lights in the 05 are shitty lights and you cant get any aftermarket ones, they cost about $30 each... but the good news is they are very easy to replace.
Another thing to think about is if you were ever thinking about upgrading your lights, rather than buy new shitty stock ones just leave them burnt out, it might be a good time to upgrade to new LED lights. You would save about $70 by not replacing the headlights and put that $70 towards the LEDs. I wish i had.
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ok so i tested the battery and it was bad i bought a new battery and did the test and it got to about 17 volts and i shut it right off.... i also just ordered a voltage regulator from rmstator like u guys said .... i was just a lil worried cuz its not o.e.m and i dont want this problem in a year again??? but ill try it ... tonight im gonna see if the lights r burnt out or if it has a fuse? and ill look in to the l.e.d lights and i realized that the regulator is located by the battery already... i really appreciate your guys help cuz it helps me alot!!

...... i was also wondering if these atvs r known for any other problems ?? thanks
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not many problems

Like i mentioned before, i have the same bike. Mine has about 2000km on it and i didnt have many problems. I will list them so you can check off any you may have as well/ or may in the future.

-Key was hard to put in and out, had to replace the ignition. Easy to do and cost about $40 i think.

-VR went, i drove the bike for another 6 months which made the battery and lights go. VR $70 battery $100 Lights $60

-Belt broke about a month ago, can do yourself, takes about an hour. $60

-new problem... warn winch has lost some nuts, not retracting. ($25parts...i hope)

-new problem... not a big deal but bike needs some warm up time. after it starts it will idle so low that it will stall, so need to rev high or drive fairly fast for a minutes or so, then it is fine. Maybe need to clean the carb, but dont know how to do that...

hope this helps,
may seem like a lot of problems but most are pretty minor.
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alright thats pretty minor.. anything with using or leakin anti freeeze?
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