Fog Light Switch Replacement


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Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby lhayesjr916 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:53 pm



Hello Everyone,
I have 2005 Goldwing 1800 and I'm changing out the OEM fog light switch with a radio shack 275-0731. I'm not an idiot but I feel completely stupid. Any help would be appreciated. I know the Brn/Whit is the power and the Brn/Blu is the load. My question is, from the light on the OEM switch there is a green wire and a brown wire connected to the light. Do both of these plug into the 3rd blade on this radio shack switch? Or do I have to get the ground from somewhere else and just dead end the brown and green wire?

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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby Sagebrush » Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:04 pm

The Hondaline Fog light switch, they are aftermarket not installed at the factory, drives a relay to avoid full light current through the switch. You will have to dig into the wiring to find the relay. I would suspect its located somewhere under the left fairing pocket or behind the panel that contains the switch.

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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby Dogsled » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:25 pm

Might be a bad relay and not the switch. I've had more relays go bad than switches on my bike
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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:10 am

Dogsled wrote:Might be a bad relay and not the switch. I've had more relays go bad than switches on my bike


Relays are fine on the 1800.The switches are crappy.
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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby Dogsled » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:19 am

Hey, do the newer 1800's still have the sticking switches like the 1500's?
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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby artgrantz » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:28 am

Dogsled wrote:Hey, do the newer 1800's still have the sticking switches like the 1500's?

Of course they do. It wouldn't be a GoldWing without sticking switches.

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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby jinx » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:28 pm

If you are going to replace the switch check out motor55 on ebay. I just replaced mine and it is a totally different design.

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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:58 pm

Dogsled wrote:Hey, do the newer 1800's still have the sticking switches like the 1500's?


Never had a problem with a switch on my 89 1500.Sold it with approx 110 K miles just last summer.MY 04 1800 with approx 40 K on it has the fog and 4-way switches screwed already.Really poorly/cheaply designed IMHO.
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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby canuck623 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:04 am

I upgraded to 55w bulbs and they took out the stock switch in less than an hour. Got a nice rocker switch from the parts store that fits perfectly and will handle the increased draw of the brighter bulbs. As for the ground question you can run a wire to a good ground for the light in the switch. I think it was the brown wire you need to tap into.
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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby jinx » Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:27 am

canuck623
you might want to check how your foglights are receiving power. If wired correctly the switch controls a relay which then sends power to the lights. No matter what wattage lights you use unless you change out the relay the current thru the switch doesn't change.

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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby canuck623 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:09 am

My lights are the Big Bike aftermarket version and the way it is set up is all plug and play. The relay is NOT to turn the lights on. It is to turn the lights off when you turn on your high beams. There is a bypass kit that removes the relay and allows the lights to remain on when the high beams are on as well. Since that is illegal my relay is wired the correct way. Don't believe me? Put a couple of Sylvania 55w bulbs in there and see how long your switch lasts. It has happened to everyone I know that upped the output of those lights. (non LED)
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Re: Fog Light Switch Replacement

Postby jinx » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:53 pm

I stand corrected. Thank you for pointing it out.I fixed it by adding a relay so now my switch handle on 50ma. no matter what wattage I us.




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