How to install a backup starter switch.


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Big Blue UK
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How to install a backup starter switch.

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Have you ever pushed the starter in cold weather to hear nothing but a click, and you stand feathering the switch hoping the motor spins. I have, and have read others have, and the fixes such as adding solder to the start switch contacts etc. The last time it happened to me was when I used it once in November when it was quite cold, and that was the last time. I only use Big Blue a few times after November. So I decided to install a secondary or backup starter to see what was what. A nice crisp frosty January morning, I pushed Big Blue out the garage for about 1 hour, pushed the starter and sure enough just a click, pushed the secondary starter button I installed and hey presto. did the same that night with the same outcome.

This is my all weather reliable backup start switch, no spraying or stripping the start switch.

I purchased a stainless steel marine starter button


and wired it in parallel with the handlebar starter switch. Simple 2 wire connection, I fitted the backup starter button to the side of the ignition and speaker cover, ensuring the marine starter body would not contact the ignition body when I replaced the cover.


This is how I wired the marine starter switch. I found the easiest splice locations to be near the ignition relay, and the connector near starter relay A.
as can be seen in the diagram I put together, the marine starter works in exactly the same way as the handlebar starter, on the same wiring, just in a different place.


It does not cut off the headlights as the handlebar start switch does, but it starts the engine when all you get is a click from the handlebar start switch when it is really cold. I disconnected the headlight supply wire from the fuse panel and took it to a switch on a master cylinder switchbank, so I can turn off the headlights if I wish. Comes in handy when I have to have the IGN on, or at Light Parades when I need all the juice I can get during static displays. Especially with a 250W RMS amp running quad Polk speakers and a 8" subwoofer.

I hope this helps anyone who has the same cold weather starter switch problem.


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Fastfreddy
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Re: How to install a backup starter switch.

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Really nice back-up switch idea.
Jambriwal
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Re: How to install a backup starter switch.

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Great post, I may consider doing this because my 2014 gold wing Valkyrie gave me that very problem last year on vacation.
We had stopped for gas and everyone restarted and left , I hit the starter button 10 times and nothing. So i backpedaled the bike up a slight incline to bump start and hit the button twice more and it fired.
Once more on this ride i had to hit the button several times to start. Rest of the season no problems.
Thanks for your post.
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Re: How to install a backup starter switch.

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Thanks for posting, really great solution. Saving this one for sure. ;)
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Re: How to install a backup starter switch.

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Straight forward approach..... but have several additional question.
What gauge wire did you use/recommend?
Does it activate the reverse function as well?
Thank you
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Re: How to install a backup starter switch.

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Abdpepe wrote: Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:50 pm Straight forward approach..... but have several additional question.
What gauge wire did you use/recommend?
Does it activate the reverse function as well?
Thank you
Good questions, did not think to add that, perhaps WA can add it to the How to.

I used 1.0mm² 32/0.20 AWG 17. Use thin wall if you want, makes no odds.
The starter works the same as the factory starter, so yes it will operate reverse.


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