Connector removal


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Connector removal

Postby tbeiler » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:19 pm



Guys, I partially pulled out the LH pocket wiring harness to get better access so I can clean up these connectors.
How in the heck do these connectors come out. I tried pushing, but don't want to force anything and break something. From the backside it almost looks like these are just wedged in? Stumped.




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Re: Connector removal

Postby twocams » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:34 pm

Sometimes your better off just leaving things alone. I dont see any corrosion therefore....... They do make a spray electrical contact cleaner. Your local parts store. Just my .02 worth.

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Re: Connector removal

Postby deanbw » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:33 pm

they slide in from the front so if you don't have the tool to take each wire out of the plug, then remove plug from black plate, you can't take it apart anyway. I took mine all apart, it's a lot of work to do just about the same thing you can do with it together. I put all my wire ends in an ultrasonic cleaner but if you pull the harness as an assembly and just clean it with a good de-greaser you will do fine. You still should grease it back up with a good non conductive electrical grease, that's its waterproofing.

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Re: Connector removal

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:06 pm

Not sure what you're asking - the top picture is of connectors with plugs inserted, the bottom picture is with them inserted. Are you trying to get those plugs out? If so, there is a locking tab that you depress, and pull the connectors out (not by the wires!). If they've been in there for years, they will be tough to remove.

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Re: Connector removal

Postby deanbw » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:29 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Not sure what you're asking - the top picture is of connectors with plugs inserted, the bottom picture is with them inserted. Are you trying to get those plugs out? If so, there is a locking tab that you depress, and pull the connectors out (not by the wires!). If they've been in there for years, they will be tough to remove.

Yea I think he is trying to get the each of the three plug assy's out of the mounting plate to clean them. I took my plugs completely apart removing every wire and ultra sonic cleaning all the wires, plugs mount plate. It was a ton of work but the bike was down being reso'd anyway so I cleaned every wire on the thing that way. I said above it really is not necessary to do that much work, he can leave it together and just degrease, brush and re-grease for water

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Re: Connector removal

Postby tbeiler » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:41 pm

Sorry for the misleading statements.
What I was looking for is how to get the plugs out separately. I have already cleaned the one side you see in the top picture, but from the back they are pretty filthy. I tried getting a screwdsdriver in there to release the lock tab. but they still wont budge, What am I doing wrong.

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Re: Connector removal

Postby SilverDave » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:23 pm

Old aluminum / metal / plastic can build up residue ridges / dirt ridges and gunge so thick and hard, that these long plugs are effectively glued in place .

Firstly make sure the tabs at the ends or sides are really fully depressed.

You will definitely have to clean/ degrease them, but I might try a couple go sprays of high quality penetrating oil, left on overnight. That will help loosen any sticky attachment points .

I agree with WA .." Not by the wires"
Either use a wide needle nose, or a set of regular pliers and wiggle connector back and forth .
Clean carefully when you finally get it out.

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Re: Connector removal

Postby tbeiler » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:43 pm

Well, I spent some time this evening to clean things up, degrease, etc.
Once I got the old dilelectric grease out, I could see exactly where I needed to press to get those tabs depressed and pull those plugs out.

If it wasn't for this forum, I wouldn't be doing any of this.
Thanks for all the help.




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