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SOS Ignition/wiring trouble

After replacing stock signals in the front bike has been shutting off randomly. The ignition seems to be touchy and sort of only lights up when it wants. It will let me start the bike easily but after running for random periods of time it will cut off and then no power. It must be something in the headlight assembly. A wire that maybe I knocked loose. I went over every connection and all is good. I’m at a loss as to where the problem is. I know it has something to do with me being in the assembly because i’ve never had this problem before. Anyone else run into this at all?
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ignition switch.

remove the puck and disassemble (carefully), clean contacts, stretch springs a tiny bit, reassemble, done

sounds like classic ignition switch problems

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Just an FYI. Although the headlight bucket is plastic, the chrome finish on it makes it conducive to electricity. So a unsheilded wire can short out there.

Does sound like a worn ignition (key) switch. Check your kill switch too...

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ignition switch.

remove the puck and disassemble (carefully), clean contacts, stretch springs a tiny bit, reassemble, done

sounds like classic ignition switch problems
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Just an FYI. Although the headlight bucket is plastic, the chrome finish on it makes it conducive to electricity. So a unsheilded wire can short out there.

Does sound like a worn ignition (key) switch. Check your kill switch too...
Thank you both very much. I’m going to take a look at it after work I’ll post an update tonight. It just seemed odd that the ignition switch was giving me problem right after I played in there. I’ll give this a shot. I appreciate it
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It just seemed odd that the ignition switch was giving me problem right after I played in there. I’ll give this a shot. I appreciate it
that switch is a common problem later in life for these bikes, probably even moreso if yours has ever been stored outside. I've never had problems with it, but mine has been stored indoors for probably the last 4 years, and now lives in my backyard under a cover when I'm not riding it.

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