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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ignition Switch

Some time ago I had a problem with my ignition switch. Nothing happened when I pressed the starter button.

I took the switch apart and cleaned it and all was fine until now. It is doing it again. I had to push start the pig yesterday!! At 70 years old it ain't easy!!

I want to put a toggle switch in my right air cleaner. According to my Clymer manual there is a white (hot) and a yellow. Can I just use these two wires on the toggle?

The previous owner put a rocker switch on the handlebars for the lights and that works just fine.
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Not sure about the wires, I'm sure someone else will chime in. But, in theory, all the button is doing is completing the link to flow current. Once it starts you release button and the current stops to the starter. So any switch that would accomplish that should work. As far as a "toggle" I envision those as one that would flip into an on position, then have to be flipped back to off. If self returning, would keep you from ruining a starter or stripping a gear.
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If you want to replace the ignition switch all together, than no....
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You could use a SPST and have the white on one side and the brown, yellow/red, red, and the orange/green on the other....
The tail lights would no longer be fused independently at that point...
Or a DPST switch, same as above but put the red/blue on the "hot" side and the red on the other...
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If I were you I would get a momentary switch that way upon releasing, it will stop the starter.

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He's talking about the ignition switch, not the start button.
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He's talking about the ignition switch, not the start button.
I was confused by the following words : "Nothing happened when I pressed the starter button." dont mind me.

and are you sure? He said he had to push start the bike, if it was the ign switch why would it start by pushing but not with the starter button. I think we need clarification, at least I do.
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I would vote for clarification also, as I too was thinking Start Button!

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He's talking about the ignition switch, not the start button.
That is correct.
There is no current to the starter button (sometimes) but ignition is ON so you can push start.

This is not the first time I have read here of the same problem for others.
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You could use a SPST and have the white on one side and the brown, yellow/red, red, and the orange/green on the other....
The tail lights would no longer be fused independently at that point...
Or a DPST switch, same as above but put the red/blue on the "hot" side and the red on the other...
Your on the right track of what I want to do.

I'm thinking, after studying the wire diagram in Clymer"s, of using just a single pole toggle and put the white wire on one side and the yellow (stop switch) brown/white (stop light) and maybe the orange/green on the other.

My lights are on a toggle (rocker type) on the left handlebar now.

When I turn on the ignition now the dash lights, brake light, turn signals work, but the headlight and tail light as well as the speedo and tach lights only work with the handlebar switch.
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