1983 Aspencade ignition switch meltdown


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achowler1
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1983 Aspencade ignition switch meltdown

Postby achowler1 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:29 pm



A couple weeks ago, my girly friend was following me on her 2002 shadow vlx600. At a stop sign she beeped at me so i stopped to see what's up. She told me my tail lamp was inoperative but the brake light works fine. I cycled the ignition switch a few times and she said it was working now. We went home, and she hopped on the Aspencade with me for a romantic short ride at night to a small town for a coffee. As we pulled into the drive at home later, i heard my radio static popping and i was wondering "WTH"? It stopped and all was well.... until today......

Girly and i were heading out to sioux falls for a 2 day bike ride and some BBQ. We made it 80 miles and my digital instrument cluster was going wacko. Radio was poppin again. I cycled the key and all was good again, but i was in doubt that this was gonna be a good riding trip. 5 short miles all was wacko again, and i noticed the 1100 powerhouse was misfiring at times. I cycled the ignition switch and the "switch" gave up the ghost. Luckily i was able to pull off the highway in this little town. When i came to a stop and shut the key off, the ignition switch was filling the fairing with smoke. I reached down and unscrewed the battery disconnect!!

AAA was my saviour today. Didnt cost me a dime to have my Wing trailered 85 miles to my garage. And, most of all i think i found the culprit of the 30 milliamp battery drain hopefully. 65 dollars, and the switch base is on its way..



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HALBUDD
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Re: 1983 Aspencade ignition switch meltdown

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:37 pm

I know the feeling my 84 aspey kept cutting out when I would turn the bars from side to side,didnt smoke anything thank god. It was fun changing out the keyswitch but shes working fine now. Good Luck Hal
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achowler1
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Re: 1983 Aspencade ignition switch meltdown

Postby achowler1 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:07 am

Just read email that this ignition switch is "unavailable"... any ideas???? make my own switch? i dont wanna let this bike go yet...its a gem!!!!

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Re: 1983 Aspencade ignition switch meltdown

Postby maestro319 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:07 am

Ok, I'm a "newbie" so, what do you mean when you say,... I "cycled" the switch a few times? Do you mean you turned it on and off several times? Not trying to be a smarta##. I like to know these things just in case...!!! Thanks.
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achowler1
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Re: 1983 Aspencade ignition switch meltdown

Postby achowler1 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:33 am

maestro319 wrote:Ok, I'm a "newbie" so, what do you mean when you say,... I "cycled" the switch a few times? Do you mean you turned it on and off several times? Not trying to be a smarta##. I like to know these things just in case...!!! Thanks.
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yeah. turn the key on and off a few times

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Re: 1983 Aspencade ignition switch meltdown

Postby achowler1 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:38 am

pulled seat, pulled false tank, pulled fairing.....disassembled ignition switch - like new. WTH!!! Turns out the smoke was from my cluster fuel gage went south forever.....

The reason the Wing left me stranded? DOG BONE had a fracture in it...Wing started great this morning. I found the dog bone and wiggled the assembly - doggy crumbled... am installing a 28 year newer fuse apparatus. Bummer about the fuel gage, but the girly's shadow doesnt have one either... back to the stone age i guess. :lol:




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