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clutch switch

Postby TWist0118 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:53 pm



hey everyone!!
I have a 1978 gl 1000, clutch cable broke@ clutch lever, can't start bike,even in neutral, with clutch lever pulled in!!! i hear a clicking at starter relay, supposedly new starter in it, i just bought it recently, previous owner states theres a swich in clutch housing, is this true? Thanks from Jax Beach Fla.!!!



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Re: clutch switch

Postby kirbb9 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:53 am

The switch is there to prevent starting with the bike in gear , and without the clutch pulled in.
I don't think it would cause an issue when starting in neutral.

Clicking can be a low voltage battery , bad connections, or even a dragging starter.
Make sure battery is good and charged and short the solenoid posts together.
This will tell you if it is starter or not.

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Re: clutch switch

Postby TheArtist » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:51 am

If I'm not mistaken, it is the 2 wires going to the switch behind the clutch lever. So when the clutch is pulled, the button is out. Mine was sticky and gave me trouble for awhile.

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Re: clutch switch

Postby dingdong » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:21 pm

If the starter solenoid is clicking the circuit is complete. Can't be a problem with the switch. Sounds like your new starter is at fault. Jumper across the solenoid terminals and the starter should turn. If not then it is the problem.
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Re: clutch switch

Postby scotterichmond » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:32 pm

dingdong wrote:If the starter solenoid is clicking the circuit is complete. Can't be a problem with the switch. Sounds like your new starter is at fault. Jumper across the solenoid terminals and the starter should turn. If not then it is the problem.

well it MIGHT be the problem, you still could have a poor connection at the battery. or else where.

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Re: clutch switch

Postby TWist0118 » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:08 pm

HEY EVERY ONE!!!,thanks for the replies, figured out it,s the starter with a multi-meter. I have 12 volts going to starter positive post when i hit starter button, not sure of amps or ohms though, should that make a difference? thanks!!!

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Re: clutch switch

Postby Fred Camper » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:32 pm

Starter rebuilds take no special tools, and no parts unless you want to paint it after the rebuild. This site has a perfect tutorial on the starter rebuild and it leaves nothing out. My starter now runs like new again thanks to this tutorial. Duplicolor aluminum engine enamel is not a perfect match, but for those of us that ride our bikes it matches just fine.




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