Steering stem bearing change. I don't have enough slack in the wires


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Steering stem bearing change. I don't have enough slack in the wires

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I'm following Scott's write up. Right off the bat I'm hung up. Literately. There is not enough slack in the wires going to the turn signal canceler. It's factory cable tied in many places where it goes up behind the instrument cluster. I do not want to pull that cluster.

I'm tempted to cut the wires and splice in some longer ones. Got a better idea? Thanks.





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That has come up a few times before. I would vote no on cutting, that's a hack maneuver, Bubba would do. If you search here you can find where you have to go to get some slack. It's not easy but it is doable.
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Overall I would go with what Rambozo has said about not doing any "creative engineering" on a repair but sometimes it can be done if you are up to reengineering it properly. I for one got tired of trying to get the slack needed in those wires and since I had a supply of doner wires and connectors (believe it or not, those wire connectors are sort of standard , I got mine from old Chinese scooters!) I made a short harness extension and with that extra length was able r/r the cancel switch easily.
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There's enough slack in the wires, start by removing the clamps that hold the wire and you will get enough slack that it will come out the bottom of the steering stem
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I pulled too hard on the cancel switch and it came unplugged. The remaining plug up in the steering stem is roughly 6'' short of coming out of the bottom. But I was able to get the triple trees out. This gave me a better look at the routing of the wires. They are all zip tied tight together. I can see where this needed wire goes off to the left side fairing pocket area. Hopefully that's where my slack will be found and it was just installed incorrectly from the factory.

Here's mine.




Here's the rest of the wire that I need to find where the brown plug connects. Any ideas what I have to remove?


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Re: Steering stem bearing change. I don't have enough slack in the wires

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I pulled the side pocket out. It's farther below that opening. It's going to be in the cornering light area I think. I'll have to remove the side marker light and lower fairing to find it.


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