GL1800 Brake Light Switch Adjustment


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GL1800 Brake Light Switch Adjustment

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OK, I am a dope. Installed Kury floorboards the other day. I wish they had given the warning about the brake shaft first. Although I was careful with it I still managed to screw up the switch. I did not adjust it but I did fiddle with it until the brake lights functioned properly.

Now the cruise does not engage. Yes, I tried it in both 4th and 5th gears and yes I was above 35 mph. I contacted Kuryakin but they were less than helpful. I came on here to check for a manual, used the links, got to Helm. Found the listing that included 2016 abd redirected to a newer version, which is currently unavailable. I would shell out the $128 but its not available. Grrrrr

When I have time this afternoon I will examine it again but I do not plan on making any adjustments, just try to realign it to the correct position.

Any and all input is appreciated.

PK


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Re: GL1800 Brake Light Switch Adjustment

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UPDATE: I found the manual online at www.service-shop-repair-manual.com/

61MCA66 shop manual with ETM. 2012-2017 GL1800 GL1800A $89 plus shipping ($8)

I will wait to get it and thoroughly review the procedure before attempting to screw it up more.
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Re: GL1800 Brake Light Switch Adjustment

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Did you adjust the switch by loosening the two screws on the switch bracket? It is very touchy since the cruise cancel is the first switch to engage and the the brake light switch.
It may just need a little more tweaking. There is also an adjustment on the brake pedal itself. A locknut and threaded shaft will adjust the height of the pedal.
It's right near the switch adjustment and connects to the brake pedal. The floorboard kit may be restricting the movement of the pedal.
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Re: GL1800 Brake Light Switch Adjustment

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When using Kuryakyn floorboards, they also sell a larger pad for the brake that makes it wider and also extends it upwards to where you can get to it with your foot. They also sell an entire brake pedal for a bit higher cost than the pad. No other adjustments would have been necessary if this had been known and also installed. Kuryakyn, however, does not include that sort of info when they sell you those $400 + floorboards, :lol: All the additional info must be gleaned from the knowledge of those who have gone before.
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Re: GL1800 Brake Light Switch Adjustment

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First, I have not made any adjustments to the switch. I found the spring loaded contacter was stuck and I released it. The brake lights were on solid so I just kept flipping the contactor until the brake lights worked properly, which they still do. It looks like the rear contact point is not closing. I did not want to attempt a change without knowing exactly what I was doing. I am sure a bit more tweaking the contactor strip will do it but again, I wanted to be sure.

Next, the kit came with the brake pedal and that is working ok. I just wished they had put the brake shaft warning first and in bold letter instead of after the procedure. Kuryakin had no clue on what to do so now I know their “technical” staff is less than proficient as I can’t believe they haven’t seen this before.

I’ll try again later today or tomorrow and post results when I get it fixed.

Thanks for the help

PK


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