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post #1 of 3 Old 12-19-2017, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Need help replacing starter switch assembly

Hi All—I've got my 2007 DL650AK7 all apart (gas tank off).

MY MISSION: replace the entire right side switch pod (the starter switch, killswitch, and throttle reel cover).

Getting the switch pod apart was no big deal, and I was able to free the throttle cables by backing off on them all the way.

MY PROBLEM: The wire bundle from the switch pod appears to "disappear" into the "gut" of the bike, somewhere under the air cleaner box. I know there's a nice neat connector at the end of it—I'm just not sure where it is or what I need to pull apart to reach it?

I'm thinking lowering the radiator will get me to that connector...but I'm not sure? I could remove the airbox, but would rather not mess with that unless I have to (I already feel like I'm almost in over my head, LOL).

Any advice is much appreciated!

I'm doing all this because I'm somewhat sure my original starter switch is bad. I followed Black Lab's instructions for disassembling and cleaning it, but no good—I think the contacts are too worn to work reliably. (Basically when I press the starter button, the lights go off but nothing else happens—checked the clutch wire connector and that's not the issue.) So I just bought a whole new switch pod for $80 or so.


PS - I read somewhere about some other connectors to check if the starter switch isn't working, but now I can't find those posts. Something about a "big black one" somewhere on the left side of the bike???
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-19-2017, 07:49 PM
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99% of the time, the actual problem with a failure to crank is the clutch lever switch as long as no CHEC appears on the display. I don't think anyone has posted a start switch problem for that. The start switch contacts that cause a problem are the light switch contacts that carry over 100 watts. The start switch contacts only carry a few milliwats to activate the stater relay.

In any case, the connector is on the back of the radiator top shroud. There are a bunch of them there.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-19-2017, 08:28 PM
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Once it is fixed, install some headlight relays.

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