Ignition switch not centered


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Ignition switch not centered

Postby ram1009 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:31 pm



I've had this 91 GL1500A for about a year. Don't ride much but something is bothering me. The ignition switch is not centered in the piece of plastic just above it. Not the ring but the bigger piece. It looks to me like the front wheel hit something hard enough to move it and everything else was repaired but this. I don't notice any riding anomalies but I wonder if there is a way to center the switch without major overhaul of the front end. Thanks in advance.



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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:55 pm

Lift the plastic cover off and get a good look at the switch mount.Mine has factory shear bolts (rounded heads)...If it's been remove,a regular bolt is usually used.This may lead you to a resolution.

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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby ram1009 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:11 pm

I already thought of that. Factory bolts. Actually, what I was thinking is that there might be a way to "jack" the front wheel forward (opposite of the direction of impact) and back into shape. Sounds risky, I know. I just figured I couldn't be the first person to notice this.

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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:18 pm

Isn't the switch attached to the frame and not the forks?
I'd be more inclined to think that the faring mount is tweaked if you think it's been dumped.
Is there any gap difference between the sides.

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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby ram1009 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:33 pm

virgilmobile wrote:Isn't the switch attached to the frame and not the forks?
I'd be more inclined to think that the faring mount is tweaked if you think it's been dumped.
Is there any gap difference between the sides.



The switch is mounted to the frame front tube, where the steering stem mounts. It might be possible to bend the whole assembly slightly if the front wheel was hit hard enough. However, I just looked at the parts diagrams and am now more inclined the think such a blow would fracture the frame rather than bend it. Tomorrow I'll take a look at the fairing mount for symmetry. Good suggestion. Thanks.

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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby FM-USA » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:27 am

I'd hazard a guess your ignition switch is to the left of that hole.

There is the chance the bike was tipped over and hit the fairing causing the fairing stay to bend.
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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby ram1009 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:25 am

FM-USA wrote:I'd hazard a guess your ignition switch is to the left of that hole.

There is the chance the bike was tipped over and hit the fairing causing the fairing stay to bend.




It is slightly off to the left but much more so forward. That's what made me think it was a wheel impact. BTW, the fork lock still works perfectly and the other plastic parts fit pretty well.

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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby dingdong » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:30 am

I may be misreading your problem. If so ignore this. On my 1500 the plastic ring that the ignition switch fits into has about 3/8 in. circular free play to allow for proper fit around the switch. ???
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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby FM-USA » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:06 am

ram1009 wrote:
FM-USA wrote:I'd hazard a guess your ignition switch is to the left of that hole.
There is the chance the bike was tipped over and hit the fairing causing the fairing stay to bend.

It is slightly off to the left but much more so forward. That's what made me think it was a wheel impact. BTW, the fork lock still works perfectly and the other plastic parts fit pretty well.

The fairing stay has a little adjustment. Maybe take a gander?
Mine was bought used, claimed to be "MINT" (I think he was referring to the mints in the fairing pocket).
ANYWAYS, I noticed a few paint touch ups on the first washing and noticed most were on the left side. Thus pushing the fairing right. I'll be straightening that out when I do extensive front end work since it's not creating any issues now.
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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby ram1009 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:23 am

dingdong wrote:I may be misreading your problem. If so ignore this. On my 1500 the plastic ring that the ignition switch fits into has about 3/8 in. circular free play to allow for proper fit around the switch. ???



You are correct. The switch is a snug fit into a plastic ring with tabs that are always broke. The ring covers a larger hole in the plastic part beneath it. In order for the ring to be usable the switch must be reasonably (not necessarily perfectly) centered in the larger hole beneath. Mine isn't. With the ring removed the switch barely fits at all. It's pushed completely forward in the hole and slightly left. To use the ring I must adhere it to the lower plastic with double sticky foam tape. It works and looks OK but I still don't like it and would fix it if possible without major frame work.

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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby dingdong » Sat Feb 20, 2016 6:51 pm

Okay I understand now. You for sure have a problem. I have no solution.
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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby Charlie1Horse » Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:05 am

Mine was centered just fine when I purchased it from the PO, but, I removed the mirrors, the windshield, and the instrument bezel to replace the headlights and the front speakers. When I reinstalled the instrument panel bezel, I got it a little of center and didn't know it until I had it all back together and the part you are referring to was not centered on the ignition switch and so I could not fit the ring back on the switch. I will have to remove everything again and make sure this is centered before I reinstall the mirrors, etc. This should correct the problem.
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Re: Ignition switch not centered

Postby ram1009 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:22 am

Charlie1Horse wrote:Mine was centered just fine when I purchased it from the PO, but, I removed the mirrors, the windshield, and the instrument bezel to replace the headlights and the front speakers. When I reinstalled the instrument panel bezel, I got it a little of center and didn't know it until I had it all back together and the part you are referring to was not centered on the ignition switch and so I could not fit the ring back on the switch. I will have to remove everything again and make sure this is centered before I reinstall the mirrors, etc. This should correct the problem.
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Thanks for recounting this to me. It makes me feel that there is a (relatively) simple solution.

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