Ignition switch


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greenhorn_1958
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Ignition switch

Postby greenhorn_1958 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:01 pm



I need to find an ignition switch that will plug in compatible to original plug.



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Re: Ignition switch

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:01 pm

what bike, what year..several aftermarket switches available and lots of used ones on eBay or I have some depending on what year you need..5 pin or 6??? $20..PM me if you want one from me.
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Re: Ignition switch

Postby greenhorn_1958 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:09 pm

Sorry I thought I put year and model. 1975 GL-1000 it is 5 pin. I need all including key I have never seen one melt like this one did.

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Re: Ignition switch

Postby artgrantz » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:15 pm

Years ago I found a perfect replacement ignition switch for my 75 at J C Whitney. Don't know if they still stock them but they had the lowest price I could find and it worked well.

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Re: Ignition switch

Postby wjnfirearms » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:38 am

They're out there. It's basically the same switch for most Hondas of that era. Aftermarket switches can be found through many of the suppliers. I used a similar aftermarket switch when I restored the Kawasaki and it's always worked just fine.

I've seen this happen before to older bikes. It built up resistance within and just plain got too hot. Before you replace it, just check your wiring and connectors in the circuit from power source clear to the starter for corrosion or extended damage just to make sure that all is good. I'd hate to see you put in a new switch and have the same thing happen because the main issue, or a contributing one, was elsewhere in the circuit and you end up frying the new one.
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Re: Ignition switch

Postby Placerville » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:38 pm

The current from your battery to your ignition switch first goes through your starter button. The factory original starter button mechanism also handles your headlight voltage as well as your starter. That button was designed to handle stock lighting and nothing more. If your factory 40w/50 headlight was replaced with a higher wattage unit and if your bike has ever had (or now has) accessory lighting, you'll burn up that switch in no time and many things will start happening e.g., headlight not working, starter won't spin or won't stop spinning etc. (The switch gets fouled from corrosion and everything 'downstream' suffers.) As is mentioned above, make sure your wiring is clean prior to installing that ignition switch and be sure to pull your starter button for an inspection and cleaning.


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