reverse light wont work , and cant engage starter to engage

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reverse light wont work , and cant engage starter to engage

Post by ORKINMAN3 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:05 pm

i put my lever in reverse and the light wont work and the bike wont go into reverse, i also have an audible back up alarm and lights on back , and they wont work either, checked 5 amp fuser but it is good, did not check the 65 amp under seat but that is next , any other ideas ? :D

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Re: reverse light wont work , and cant engage starter to eng

Post by virgilmobile » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:51 am

Not positive bout yours but when my 88 had problems,I found the reverse switch wasn't working.
It's operated by the lever and is mounted directly to the rear of it.
It has 12 volts going in and operating the lever switches it.
One wire goes hot for forward and the other for reverse.
There is also on the right side another switch bolted into the block.I think it has a single wire on it.
I believe it also switches when the mechanism is put in reverse.
Double check the manual tho.

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