Switch in glovebox

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Switch in glovebox

Postby mcmedic18 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:03 pm

I have a 2000 SE that I bought a year ago and there is a toggle switch in the left glove box that does not seem to do anything. Today I decided to take a look and when I removed the box, there is nothing hooked up to it! Any ideas what it would be for? This bike was assembled for the previous owner out of two different bikes and I have found several things that were not put on it that are, according to many of the DIY articles, supposed to be there! The bike runs great and I am very happy with it, but would like to make it more like it was originally built. As a side note, I also have quite a few extra parts that i would be willing to sell so I will get them listed in classifieds one of these days.

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Re: Switch in glovebox

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:27 pm

Your guess is as good as mine.
I have a switch there too.Mine disables the obnoxiously loud air horn so I can get a inspection sticker without insisting the inspector plug his ears.
My bad the first time...I tried to warn him.... :)
Maybe it was a alarm bypass switch

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Re: Switch in glovebox

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:56 pm

First, welcome to the forum.
Like Virgil said, not much telling what it was put there for, it's not standard equipment.
There are several topics here that you can search for about the strange things that PO's (Previous Owners) have done to the bikes.
Since it isn't hooked up to anything, you can either remove the switch, or leave it in place to cover the hole.
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Re: Switch in glovebox

Postby mcmedic18 » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:34 am

Thanks! It is a plug in switch but I can't find any wires that would connect to it. Maybe I will figure it out someday.

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Re: Switch in glovebox

Postby joeincalif » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:56 am

He might have some after market lights and removed them before he old you the bike and just left the switches there. Most switches control some type of lights.


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