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post #1 of 16 Old 01-03-2014, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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Starter switch replacement

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My starter switch was going bad for a while now (cutting off headlights at times) and since the winter is in full swing I decided to replace it. The replacement assembly has arrived but I'm not clear how to disconnect the throttle cables from the old one. Do I need to take the handle off the bar? Hopefully someone who did it already or has a repair manual could give me a quick tip...
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-03-2014, 10:24 AM
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Move the throttle cable adjusters for maximum slack and the barrel connectors can be removed from the reel. If the adjusters at the top of the cable don't give you enough slack, also loosen the engine ends of the cables.

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Think I need to do the same on my 1000.
Where did you locate the best price for the switch assembly?
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The switch can be opened up and the contacts cleaned with a pencil eraser. I did this a few years back and she still starts first push.

Search on method (with photos) that was posted here by blacklab. His bike is a 650 and uses a slightly different part but the method and description was close enough for me to do it to a 1000.

Or replace the switch.

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post #5 of 16 Old 01-03-2014, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Unhook barrel connectors from the reel - got it.
I ordered the switch assembly from bike bandit - had a coupon + they give 10% off to AMA members.

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The switch can be opened up and the contacts cleaned with a pencil eraser. I did this a few years back and she still starts first push.

Search on method (with photos) that was posted here by blacklab. His bike is a 650 and uses a slightly different part but the method and description was close enough for me to do it to a 1000.

Or replace the switch.
Here's a link to Black Lab's website and posting on cleaning the switch: Start Switch Maintenance | Black Lab Adventures

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Here's a link to Black Lab's website and posting on cleaning the switch: Start Switch Maintenance | Black Lab Adventures
Thanks! I cleaned the switch two or three times. It helps for a while but the problem always returned within 4 or 5 months. Hopefully, the new one will fix it permanently.

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A permanent fix would be to install headlight relays. That will take the load off the stock circuits.

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Thanks! I cleaned the switch two or three times. It helps for a while but the problem always returned within 4 or 5 months. Hopefully, the new one will fix it permanently.
You need chemical helper for this application. I use this, you only have to do it once: DeoxIT ģ M260Cp, #M260-C1

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A permanent fix would be to install headlight relays. That will take the load off the stock circuits.
I do have the eastern beaver relay, looks like the switch was damaged by the time I installed it though...

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