switch to start in gear


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switch to start in gear

Postby m2102 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:46 pm



I just changed the switch to be able to start my bike while in gear. before taking the old out I put a small flat screw driver in to activate the switch and nothing. put in new one went to try it and nothing. stuck a screw driver in and it would start. got me to think, are the wires backwards? only 2 wires are on the switch and wonder if some PO replaced and put them on wrong. I put them on the way they came off the old. the little finger on switch should activate when is released not when it is pushed in, right?



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Re: switch to start in gear

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:15 pm

Don't think so...For the clutch neutral switch to operate,it must click when the lever is pulled all the way to the grip....The other switches operate right as the lever is moved,just like the brake lever...
With just 2 wires on the switch,it wont matter which way there hooked up....
Now if there's 3 contacts...that's a different story....

Most problems with the clutch neutral switch not working are related to a worn pivot bushing , lever contact point or even the fat replacement grips...
That switch needs to click when you pull the lever back...

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Re: switch to start in gear

Postby m2102 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:30 pm

Tbanks fo info virgilmobile. I did solve my problem this morning before leaving on shoppi.g trip with my wife. The clutch lever wouldn't make contact. I super glued a piece of hard plastic to the lever and now works as it should

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Re: switch to start in gear

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:21 pm

Good fix.See..you can do this...easy stuff.

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Re: switch to start in gear

Postby m2102 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:19 pm

not very comfy with electrical things but I learn from doing. gets a little easier each time. I think the clutch lever was changed out at some time because I don't see any wear marks on the flat where the switch would slide. it works like it should and I'm happy, happy. happy. thanks again

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Re: switch to start in gear

Postby Ol' Man » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:58 am

m2102 wrote:not very comfy with electrical things but I learn from doing. gets a little easier each time. I think the clutch lever was changed out at some time because I don't see any wear marks on the flat where the switch would slide. it works like it should and I'm happy, happy. happy. thanks again

I should be so happy. I replaced the switch on my '96 GL1500A/MotorTrike with no luck. I can hear the switch click when engaging the clutch lever.
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Re: switch to start in gear

Postby m2102 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:35 am

Did it work before? Side stand upall the way? You can check if it is making contact by taking a very small flat blade screw driver and carefully slide it under the fi.ger and gently push it back to activate. My new switch didn't work when i put it in and fpund it wasn't pushing in the little finger. I superglued a small piece of plastic to the lever and works like a charm.
If you put a piece of hard plastic on, don't go past the hole whete the brass bushing is. It neefs to be unobstructed. It needs only to be about 3/4 " long and no wider 1/4" if that. Also mite look at the brass bushing to see if it is getting worn. Wingman has a tutorial on how to replace and what to look for

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Re: switch to start in gear

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:59 am

virgilmobile wrote:Most problems with the clutch neutral switch not working are related to a worn pivot bushing , lever contact point or even the fat replacement grips... That switch needs to click when you pull the lever back...


This is also what I understand as being the most common problem with the clutch activated neutral switch as well. The bushing wears a little over time, to the point where the contacts no longer make up when the clutch lever is pulled in. It certainly is worth a look, as replacing the pin/bushing doesn't require any electrical skills at all. If it is found to be in good condition, one can always check the switch while the lever is out of the way (easier) and determine if the switch is working.


I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.


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