Bright Switch Disassembly Help Needed


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patbrandon1
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Bright Switch Disassembly Help Needed

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There is a slight flicker when I turn my brights on on my 87 GL1200I. I looked at the how to's, and did searches. After the 37th search without any luck, I decided to ask on the forum. I want to take it apart and clean all the contacts in it. :idea:

I did clean the headlight plug with contact cleaner. I actually installed a new LED, but it was flickering before.

Have you disassembled the switch? Were there 54 springs and things that popped out and rolled under benches :?:

Do you know of any posts or internet sites that would guide me so I don't spend a whole Sunday figuring out how it goes back together after it explodes when I open it? :?:



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Re: Bright Switch Disassembly Help Needed

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patbrandon1 wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:53 am
There is a slight flicker when I turn my brights on on my 87 GL1200I. I looked at the how to's, and did searches. After the 37th search without any luck, I decided to ask on the forum. I want to take it apart and clean all the contacts in it. :idea:

I did clean the headlight plug with contact cleaner. I actually installed a new LED, but it was flickering before.

Have you disassembled the switch? Were there 54 springs and things that popped out and rolled under benches :?:

Do you know of any posts or internet sites that would guide me so I don't spend a whole Sunday figuring out how it goes back together after it explodes when I open it? :?:
I serviced the switches and buttons on mine when I bought it but it’s been a while so I don’t remember the details. However, of all of my bikes the Honda switches are the highest quality and easiest to service. Just split the halves and it will be apparent how to service each switch. If you don’t have any order some Deoxit D5. It is great for cleaning any electrical contacts. I use it on vintage stereo pots and it brings them back to their original glory but it works great on anything. Once you get them clean you can lube the moving parts with dielectric grease and it will make your switches operate more smoothly and as new.

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Re: Bright Switch Disassembly Help Needed

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Goofaroo wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:25 pm
I serviced the switches and buttons on mine when I bought it but it’s been a while so I don’t remember the details. However, of all of my bikes the Honda switches are the highest quality and easiest to service. Just split the halves and it will be apparent how to service each switch. If you don’t have any order some Deoxit D5. It is great for cleaning any electrical contacts. I use it on vintage stereo pots and it brings them back to their original glory but it works great on anything. Once you get them clean you can lube the moving parts with dielectric grease and it will make your switches operate more smoothly and as new.
Thanks for the help Goofaroo, (love your user name).

I just ordered some Deoxit D5. In regards to dielectric grease, is it all the same, or do you prefer one special brand? I just buy what they have at the parts counter at local auto supply stores in those little taco bell hot sauce type pouches. A little of that stuff goes a long way.

Ride safe.

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Re: Bright Switch Disassembly Help Needed

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It’s all basically the same but I buy a tube of Permatex brand grease and it lasts for a very long time.



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