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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2011, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Dirty Contacts in Ignition Switch

I cleaned most of the contacts and switches on my bike over the last few weeks.
I was having problems every time I turned the handlebars to the right, my bike would die. I figured it was a short in the wiring. So I started with the ignition switch. It was full of sand and dirt. There was a spot where the contacts were in the switch, and they were extremely dirty. I cleaned them, dabbed some grease on them, and re-assembled the switch. So far it has worked fine, and hasn't died on me once.
As soon as I get back to my other computer, I will upload the pic of the pigtail. And I will upload some pics of the fual guage and bulbs before, and after I cleaned them.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 03:57 AM
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wow that switch was dirty and worn.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-22-2011, 03:49 AM
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My bike used to do that exact same thing... it used to be only when it was cold at first, then one time I had a hard time getting home cause it would keep dying every time I turned the bars to the right.

I changed the wiring harness and it stopped doing it. The other day it did it again once though... no idea why it did it, but it hasn't happened again so far.

I already cleaned the switch contacts thoroughly as well.
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I had a broken wire in the harness right where it comes out of the tank and goes arounf the steering stem.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-22-2011, 09:19 AM
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^ Me too. Mine had worn the insulation off the wire and it would short and blow a fuse. Slit a small tube, slipped it over the contact area, and glued in place. Problem fixed!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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