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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-11-2006, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Kick stand switch

Is there a quick test to see if the kick stand switch is defective? I'm trying to help a newby on another forum. It's a '93 and the switch sounds like it's bad. If they cut the wire, will it bypass the switch, or should they connect the wires after the cut? The bike starts ok with the clutch in. When they let the clutch out, the tach jumps around and the bike quits. They've tried to pull out the switch peg and no difference.
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Going by some other problems similar to this (jumping tach), it could be the switch. I would think you'd need to connect the wires after they're cut, but I'm not positive.
Could also be a bad coil(s) or igniter, which I believe is how the tach gets it's readings.


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Going by some other problems similar to this (jumping tach), it could be the switch. I would think you'd need to connect the wires after they're cut, but I'm not positive.
Could also be a bad coil(s) or igniter, which I believe is how the tach gets it's readings.
you have to connect them. i busted my wires doing my engine removal

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Hi, I'm the one accord_guy was talking about. Do you think cutting the wires and connecting them to eachother would fix the tachometer problem too?
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The kickstand switch is just a safety interlock so you don't try to take off with the stand down. I don't see what, if any, impact this connection could have on your tach. But, those do need to be connected if you don't use the switch.

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i made sure the kickstand switch was pushed in, then left the kickstand down and tried getting the bike to move, and it still stopped. i had also made sure it was out and it stopped.
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Cut the wires and see if it will let you ride. If not, connect them bypassing the switch and you should be good to go minus the safety of the kickstand switch. If after connecting the wires the bike still has the same symptoms, it's not the switch and is something else, possibly the IC ignitor.

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so let me get this all straight... to do this, I:

cut the end of the wire near the switch

test the bike

if it doesnt work, connect the two wires to eachother and toss the switch.

if that doesnt work, onto another problem

is this correct? i actually take the two wires that came out of the switch, wrap them together at the ends, and tape it back up?
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Before you cut the wires, try addressing the problem at the switch first before making it inoperable.
Give it a good dose of wd40 and make sure it moves in and out freely.
You might try contact cleaner first and then the wd40 even.
BTW, a jumping tach IS a sign of a bad kickstand switch.
Does the bike stay running when it is in neutral and the clutch out?

I believe the kickstand switch may only come into play when the bike is in gear. If the symptoms aren't there in neutral then it also points to the switch.

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yes, the bike is just fine in neutral
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