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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2017, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ignition Switch Waterproof?

I've never heard of anyone having a problem but as my bike sits out in the latest downpour I wonder if the ignition switch is reasonably water resistant. Suzuki puts that little insert in there that you can twist to close off the key slot a bit, but mine was bent when I forced it one day. Now when it rains I run out and slide something over the switch, but I wonder if I'm getting soaked for nothing.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-08-2017, 09:14 AM
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Water can and does get into the lock. However, it can't really get into the electrical switch part. Just spritz the locks once or twice every year with Tri-Flow or something similar and you'll be fine.

I ride to work every day, so my bikes always spend a lot of time riding in the rain and sitting in the parking lot while it's raining. No big deal.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-08-2017, 07:12 PM
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Intresting post as I watch the first good rain in about a month pour down on my bike here in Cape Breton. During my trip from Ottawa, the little spring loaded cover got stuck open and I haven't gotten around to addressing it yet. I'm hoping that some lithium grease and working the mechanism will free it up, but this rain is causing me some concern. I wish I'd remembered my cover.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-08-2017, 07:32 PM
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Just treat it with some WD40 once a year, it'll keep the switch like new.

Mine started acting up this summer, took me 2 or 3 light sprays and a few quick turns of the key to eradicate the issue.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-09-2017, 07:02 PM
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On my 2014 V2 water ran down the ignition wires and shorted out a non waterproof connector underneath, this caused power to be on all the time, even when the ignition switch was turned off. Dealer fixed it under warranty. I have not heard of this happening to any other bike.
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