ignition switch removal 1500


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ironman1973
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ignition switch removal 1500

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after removing my fairing to make it easier to remove my ignition switch I am now buffaloed! There are two roundish caps on the bolts on either side of the switch. What tool do I remove them with? It looks as though this is some threaded bolt with this potrivet looking cap on them. I'll go back to the manual and look, surely this isn't as difficult as I'm making it. Thanks


mrmikey
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Re: ignition switch removal 1500

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According to the Goldwing Service Manual:
1)Strike the breakoff bolt heads with a hammer
2)With a chisel, make a drive grove on the bolt heads
3)using an impact driver, remove the break off bolts
4)remove switch
I've never dome this, I'm just relaying the info from the manual....Mike
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Re: ignition switch removal 1500

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Hey Mike, Thanks for the headsup on the bolt removal. Isn't that the craziest way to fasten something on a motorcycle, I would have never guessed! Well I check the manual again and after I remove them You can bet I'll find a better way to install a new switch. Thanks for the quick response. I'm going through my bike to take a trip to Manitoba Canada next month, I guess I won't be going your way or I'd stop in to see you. Be safe, ironman
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You're welcome. Security I guess, so someone stealing your rig can't change out the switch in a parking lot. Drive safe.......Mike
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ETNTHEMADCHINAMAN
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I recently discovered my key broke in half in my pocket. Can anyone tell me where the ignition switch is plugged in so I can temporarily bypass it? I can't move it to work on it because I'm not strong enough bro push it out of my garage (up hill) thanks.
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Many Asian cars have ignition switches installed with the same type of bolts. I keep 4-6 replacement bolts in my tool box at work. Once I get the old ones out with small flat chisel I replace with regular socket head bolts
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Here is some information that I copied from a post by DBohrer. It describes how to start a 1500 when you don't have the key. Good luck.
GL1500 Starting without the Ignition Switch (Tip) - by DBohrer

If on the road (or anywhere) and you loose (misplace) your Gold Wing ignition key.

You are not stranded and can start your bike.

1993 - 2000, Use a small strand of wire and jump from the # 3 "15-amp" stop fuse to the # 11 "15-amp' ignition fuse. Bike will start but no headlights.

Note: if you use another jumper wire from the # 3 "15-amp" stop fuse to the # 9 "5-amp" reverse/start fuse, you will have headlights.

1988 - 1992, Use a small strand of wire and jump from the # 2 "15-amp" ignition fuse to the # 11 "15-amp" horn/turn fuse. Bike will start and headlights will work.

Just slide the ends of the jumper wire in along the side of the fuse blades.

Well, I know someone who soldered a jumper wire between two 15-amp fuses. Then you can just replace the fuses.

Yes, it has been tested and it works........

Of course, a spare key is always advised........!
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Thanks do much I'll have to try that..
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Wow!!! Thank you so much worked exactly like it said it would!! Thanks again!!
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Glad to hear it worked for you. Beats pushing it up the driveway, huh?
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Absolutely! A buddy of mine came by with some fuse buddies wire and a toggle switch so I can actually ride it. I'm still going to have to have a key made to get into the fuel tank and be able to lock the trunk but at least I can take it to them instead of taking the bike apart.
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All you need is the code number stamped on the back of any of the lock cylinders. You can have a new key cut from this code.
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If you have the original key, the key number is stamped near the edge of the key shank. Your local locksmith can punch out a new key with this number. I have had this done before.
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I have the key it's just broken. I managed to get the fuel door open and there's a bunch of numbers in a tag there I'm conjecturing those are also the lock code numbers. I also removed the cylinder from the fuel access door in assuming a lock smith can make a key with all that.
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The key code is on all the locks as well as the original keys. It will be a 3 digit alphanumeric code (example B49). You can get a key made from that code.


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