Ignition Switch

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by HerrDeacon, Jul 31, 2020 at 9:45 AM.

  1. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Anyone know if there is anywhere in town to pick up a cheap keyed ignition switch? Out for a ride yesterday evening and noticed the one on my MB5 is acting a bit flakey. Had to fiddle with it to get the lights to work and they they would go off while riding due to the bumps/vibrations. Had to cut the ride short since its a bit scary riding without brake lights, especially on such a small bike. The one I have on it now is a cheap one I got off ebay something like this one - https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Universal-M...114655?hash=item41e358b09f:g:FksAAOSwLVZV3rwR

    If I can't find something similar locally I'll probably order another one but since it will take a month or two to get here I may just wire in a toggle switch to get me by.
     
  2. townieglenn

    townieglenn Active Member

    Did you try Reids ? i'm not even sure if he's still operating but he had an explosion of motorcycle parts and could probably find something to fit..
     
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I need to put one on the 525 one of these days.
     
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I bet Q can dig you up a generic one in a heart beat.
     
  5. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Amazon is where I got one for the XT350
     
  6. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Thanks guys, some options to look into. I'm first going to take a closer look at the one that's on it now to see if its something fixable and will go from there.
     
  7. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    All sorted. Opened up the switch and two wired were snapped off at the solder, so re-soldered them and it works fine now. Will probably order a new one regardless since my soldering skills are not the best. I also found out why they broke in the first place, the switch itself wasn't a good fit in the bracket and was rotating with every turn of the key. I was aware of this but didn't realize the stress it was causing with repeated use and so eventually the wires gave up. I've put in a temporary fix for now and will look at making a better bracket one I get a new switch.
     
  8. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Electromechanical troubleshooting at its best....
     
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  9. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I think the key is to have a good quality/hot iron.
     

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