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Talking How your ignition switch is put together and troubleshooting

https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=624

It was raining all day so I pulled apart a spare ignition switch I have, just outta curiosity. I remember Sky Rider saying something about how the locking mechanism sits on top of the electrical switch and you can turn the latter with a screwdriver. Sure enough!

I put some text under each photo, but then wanted to add: If you're having trouble turning the key, make sure that the electrical part is tightly fitted to the mechanical part. A turn of the key should smoothly turn the slotted piece, which in turn should smoothly flip the electrical switch. If there's no smoothness - even once you've lubricated everything - just check the alignment.

Feel free to post corrections or comments - I'm sure I can make changes to the text; just couldn't find the right link this evening.

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Great job Cindy.
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Hey Cindy that is an excellent series of pics. I tried to leave a comment in the gallery but it wouldn`t take it. The pics are all clear and well lighted, and your text is clear and concise. Even if you don`t know the technical name for the part, your description draws my eye straight to the focus of the pic. Thanks for showing us all the way to most effectively display a disassembly series on the gallery.

What do you all say, can we all try to match the standard that Cindy has set here. I am a little disappointed when I`m looking at a picture with insufficient description to lead me to the point of interest. Thanks again ,Cindy, for leading the way.

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Great job on that Cindy. I've been curious what all was in there. Thank god for extra parts!
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Nice job Cindy.
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Awesome job Cindy,

I just wanted to add, when I had my assembly appart I put a few drops of MARVEL AIR TOOL oil in every orafice. "Yeah I know I said orafice" Marvel Air Tool oil is basicly mineral oil with moisture, corrosion and rust inhibitors. I even put a few drops in the lock cylinder itself, it will keep the tumblers lubed and help fight off corrosion on the contacts. I also use it in the gas cap, trunk, and helmet lock cylinders, try it you will be amazed with the smooooooth action.


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I just wanted to add, when I had my assembly appart I put a few drops of MARVEL AIR TOOL oil in every orafice. "Yeah I know I said orafice" Marvel Air Tool oil is basicly mineral oil with moisture, corrosion and rust inhibitors. I even put a few drops in the lock cylinder itself, it will keep the tumblers lubed and help fight off corrosion on the contacts. I also use it in the gas cap, trunk, and helmet lock cylinders, try it you will be amazed with the smooooooth action.
That's great advice- I wasn't too sure what was going on in the lock side of things, but "tumblers" are certainly part of that. Where can you get the Marvel oil?

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Is the Marvel Air Tool oil the same thing as the Marvel Mystery oil?
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I believe it is the same just in a smaller easy to use bottle. Cindy, you should be able to buy it at any auto parts or hardware store.


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SYNTHETIC BRAKE FLUID
SYNTHETIC OIL & GEAR LUBE
PLEXISTAR 2 WINDSHIELD
SPLINES LUBED
ACCT'S GREASED W/TOC SPRINGS
COASTERD
LEATHER SADDLE BAGS
LEATHER TOOL AND ROLL BAG
PICKUP COILS GAPPED AT .018"
NGK CAP, WIRES, IRIDUMS
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Awesome job Cindy,

I just wanted to add, when I had my assembly appart I put a few drops of MARVEL AIR TOOL oil in every orafice. "Yeah I know I said orafice" Marvel Air Tool oil is basicly mineral oil with moisture, corrosion and rust inhibitors. I even put a few drops in the lock cylinder itself, it will keep the tumblers lubed and help fight off corrosion on the contacts. I also use it in the gas cap, trunk, and helmet lock cylinders, try it you will be amazed with the smooooooth action.
I think lance has given us the correct name for the" mechanical part" of the ignition switch assembly. So in total we have:
1. The ignition key
2. Ignition key cylinder, lock bolt assembly. (The lock bolt being the bronze colored cylinder that Cindy identifies in her pictures, to lock the front wheel)
3. Ignition switch assembly (has the electrical contacts and wires)

Could I say that the base of the cylinder has a "drive tab" that fits into a "drive slot" that rotates to activate the switch?

Cindy did you rermove one pic in this series from the gallery? I was sure there was a pic of the contacts inside the switch the first time I looked at it. I cannot find it today.

EDIT 2009 MARCH 13: LINK TO global recon`s INTERNAL IGNITION SWITCH PICTURES #1 THRU 4. THEY ARE NOT ALL TOGETHER, BUT ALL ARE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF GALLERY. https://www.vn750.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=505 (THESE ARE THE PICS REFERED TO IN THE PRECEDING PARAGRAPH).

What do you think Cindy, does any of this help simplify the identification of parts in pictures and text? If so, use anything that strikes your fancy.

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