88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch


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kyleboedeker
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88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch

Post by kyleboedeker » Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:50 am



Hey all,

Finally getting around to fixing my turn signal switch. I got the thing apart and replaced the spring, but when putting it back together, I managed to lose the larger ball bearing... dammit. Anybody know what size ball bearing that is?

Alternative solution, if I were to order a "new" switch assembly from ebay, is there any reason I couldn't just cut and splice the cables rather than taking off all that plastic?



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Re: 88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch

Post by Snowmoer » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:57 am

I think that someone had the ball bearing size in the other post you had about what spring to use. Make sure you put some Dielectric Grease on the moving parts to keep things running smooth. I cleaned mine out on my 88 about 8 years ago. Still nice and smooth.

I would not cut and splice!!!! You are just asking for problems. You just need to trace the harness down to where the plug is. Un plug the old one, plug in the new one and you are done. Yes, it is a little work to get some of the plastic off, but you will be better off in the long run.

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Re: 88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch

Post by kyleboedeker » Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:05 am

Oh this is my first post about it, but I looked at other posts and didn't see anything specificlaly about ball size. I'll check again. Yeah, you're right about not splicing haha. It's just such a pain to take all the plastic off. When I changed my timing belt, it took me more time getting plastic on and off than actually changing the belt.

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Re: 88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch

Post by kyleboedeker » Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:48 pm

kyleboedeker wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:50 am
Hey all,

Finally getting around to fixing my turn signal switch. I got the thing apart and replaced the spring, but when putting it back together, I managed to lose the larger ball bearing... dammit. Anybody know what size ball bearing that is?

Alternative solution, if I were to order a "new" switch assembly from ebay, is there any reason I couldn't just cut and splice the cables rather than taking off all that plastic?

Just wanted to update this in case anyone comes looking for it. After taking some of the plastic off, I decided I would just go ahead and cut and splice the cables. It worked great. I soldered all the cable connections and then resealed everything with heat shrink tubing. Made me wish I hadn't already removed a bunch of plastics.

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Re: 88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch

Post by MikeB » Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:07 pm

Thanks for the update. Purists may not like that you did it that way but that is too bad. They were not the ones doing it.
Glad it all worked out for you.
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Re: 88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch

Post by Rambozo » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:41 am

Couldn't have just taken the ball bearing out of the new switch?

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Re: 88 GL1500 Turn Signal Switch

Post by kyleboedeker » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:54 pm

I tried repairing the old one first. I found the ball bearing I had dropped and put a new spring in following the other post on here about using a ballpoint pen spring. It was just slightly better, but still wouldn't cancel when I pushed it and was very mushy. After splicing the "new" switches in, I'd do it that way every time over fiddling with all the little parts while trying to rebuild the switch.



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