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post #1 of 5 Old 04-06-2009, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Advice needed on brake lamp switch

Last year I added a pair of Ulysses footpegs which are about an inch lower than the stockers, and I like them a lot. I needed to lower the brake pedal to suit the lower pegs, so I adjusted the pushrod going to the master cylinder, and got a nice pedal height--and felt I had accomplished something.

Just yesterday one of my riding partners said I had a nice bright taillamp. So I was admiring it and checked to see how bright the brake light would be, and found my 'taillamp' is bright because the brake lamp is ALWAYS ON. It's been like that for a year! I drove nearly to Alaska and back with the brake lamp on! It's obvious what needs to be done, simply adjust the switch to compensate for the lower pedal. I found the switch, and on my DL1000K7 it is buried behind the frame member near the rear exhaust pipe. I can barely see it and barely touch it with my pinky, but how the hell do you get a tool on it to adjust it?

It appears the tank has to come off or nearly so, and the tank mount bracket, and some electrical parts, and possibly the battery/batt box.

Does anyone have a suggestion how to adjust this switch in a way that doesn't require such a complex disassembly? Am I missing some easier method of doing this job?

All suggestions are welcome before I tear into it tomorrow.
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You can lift the switch up with one hand and adjust the nut with the fingers of the other. It's a snap.

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-07-2009, 10:02 AM
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You haven't seen the HANDS on this guy!

Certainly wouldn't want him to perform your prostrate check!


Did you get that switch adjusted yet?
Maybe John can get his mitts on it...

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Then use somebody else's hands.

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Who could be so PRESUMPTIOUS as to suggest I have BIG HANDS???

Well the concept of this adjustment is simple, but the actual adjustment was a bitch, however, not as bad as I had anticipated in disassembly of the innards of the bike.

I finally got a good look at the switch, and on my bike it is seriously buried--I can just touch the bottom of it with one finger.

I finally managed to secure the threaded part with the tips of needle-nose vise-grips, then reached in with an ice pick to turn the nut, and after twenty minutes I had success. Whew!

I guess I will only have dim taillamps now, but I have considered LED's, so I'll look into that.

Thanks for the response greywolf.
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