Oil Pressure Switch Questions


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ewhadley81
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Oil Pressure Switch Questions

Post by ewhadley81 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:50 am



Hello all,

It’s EZ again, back in search of guidance and input. I am currently rebuilding my 1983 Interstate, and I broke the oil pressure switch hookup – the rubber boot that snaps onto the top of the pressure switch. It's the black rubber piece on top of the crankcase, right side. (still somewhat attached)

Repeat, my pressure switch is good. The rubber boot (with connecting wire) is broken. I am adding some pictures to this post, that way you guys can visualize which piece I’m talking about.

My questions are this:
Has anyone had this problem before? If so, how did you resolve this issue?
Has anyone here ever broken this rubber boot and spliced in a different rubber end?

I have found a few websites that list SUB-WIRE HARNESS D 32104-MB9-780 as containing the connector I’m talking about (see pictures), but none of those websites have that sub-harness for sale.

Therefore, I am thinking about splicing in a new end – if I can find one, of course. I only need the one end piece, but I will buy the entire sub-harness – if someone has one they would sell.

I am also planning to replace all old parts & pieces on the bike, including the oil pressure switch. Why all the options for oil pressure switches? (see last picture -- #13) Which one is correct for a 1983 GW GL1100 Interstate? It's kinda odd that there are so many options...

Thanks in advance, guys.

EZ
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Re: Oil Pressure Switch Questions

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:04 am

Why are you replacing your oil pressure switch? Are you just replacing it because it is old? They very rarely fail....

The rubber boot may be hard to find, you can get by fine without it or just use it as is (I'm assuming the rubber split)... If you are concerned about moisture you could "paint" the connection with clear fingernail polish after you've attached the wire to the screw terminal.

Not sure on the multiple part numbers, any one of them should work fine...
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Re: Oil Pressure Switch Questions

Post by newday777 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:43 am

EZ
Yes the rubber boot is probably not available. It is there for looks. My 75 CB750 never came with a boot on the oil pressure switch so it isn't necessary.
Yes just crimp on a new connector end if necessary.
I put some heat shrink on that wire on my 83.

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Re: Oil Pressure Switch Questions

Post by ewhadley81 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:39 am

Thanks for the replies, everyone. I have been sidetracked with life and haven't done much work on the Wing these past few months. I am done cleaning the pistons, heads, valves, etc. The carbon build-up everywhere was ridiculous! (some WD-40 and green scratch pads work wonders when removing carbon, by the way)

To your guys' questions... I wanted to replace the rubber boot on the oil pressure switch, not the switch itself. The boot is original ('83) and broke when I tried to remove it. As far as I know, the switch is fine. My aim was to replace all rubber pieces on the bike, since they're probably all original. As everyone knows... old rubbers aren't good for anything!! :lol:

Now, I'm almost ready to go back together with the heads, camshafts, and covers. This part will be ... interesting ... I do have the repair manual and a nice write-up from another GWdocs member, so it should be relatively painless. Well, nothing a few beers and a sledge hammer can't fix, anyways!! :D

I aim to have this beast running by spring time, and the wife has also been driving me to "do something, for f*#k sake! I'm ready to ride!" So... it's a must that I get this old Wing back on the road ASAP. Otherwise, the wife might be reaching out to some of you guys to give her a ride...

Thanks again for the replies and the input. It's much appreciated.

I will get some more work -- and pictures -- done soon. More info to come...


EZ



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