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mekovach
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electrical connector disconnect

Post by mekovach » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:53 am



How do i disconnect this electrical connector which is under cover covering access to handlebar bolts? So hard to get to and near impossible for me not knowing how to do it.

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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by DaveO430 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:17 pm

Those things make me so mad I could chew nails, every time I do one I have to fight that. See the little tab in the center on the front vertical side in your 3rd photo? Push it down < with a small screwdriver. I worked on Honda cars for 30 years and never encountered a connector that frustrating.

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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by MikeB » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:35 pm

Dave, I think you have to pull up (out) on that little tab for that particular connector. Once it is separated, eliminating the tab by clipping off the tab all together is how to prevent this aggravation in the future.
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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by DaveO430 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:47 pm

MikeB wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:35 pm
Dave, I think you have to pull up (out) on that little tab for that particular connector. Once it is separated, eliminating the tab by clipping off the tab all together is how to prevent this aggravation in the future.
You may be right, it has been a month or so since I did one. What I do is take the connector off the metal clip on the front of the switch and cut the lock tab off it, then it slips off the clip and you can get to the tab to pull the connector apart and it still locks together.

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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by mekovach » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:08 pm

Thanks so much---I'm going to do as you say AND cut the tab off maybe, too.

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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by gradona » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:06 am

mekovach wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:08 pm
Thanks so much---I'm going to do as you say AND cut the tab off maybe, too.
Not sure if I would cut the tab off. That locks it into the connector. I'd hate to have it slip loose especially when riding.

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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:53 pm

It is far better to understand how to disconnect the connector then to modify it.
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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by mekovach » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:46 pm

Thanks for your answer and the "bit of sanity".

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Re: electrical connector disconnect

Post by Mh434 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:54 pm

I absolutely detest that kind of connector, and just about all cars & bikes have them now. Invariably, they're in a location where you're lucky to get the fingertip of one hand in there, yet the connectors require two hands, pliers, and a screwdriver to free up. I must say, I'm guilty of having cut the locking teeth off the more difficult ones to make it possible to do next time. Interestingly, those connectors are always a VERY tight fit - even with the tab held up (or down, or sideways, or whatever is required), the connectors are always a fight to separate (one I was just working on yesterday took an estimated 30 pounds to pull apart, with the tab out of the way, working it back & forth for 20 minutes). It's hard to imagine any circumstance that would have made it come loose on its own.



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