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My starter button died on me today. The past year, while I would ride, the headlight would go out- I would simply gently touch the start button and the headlight would go back on. I guess I knew it was a matter of time before it gave out completely. Is there a way to bypass the starter button and mount a different kind of swtich to start the bike?



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Somebody should be along soon to help you out but while you're waiting,

Welcome from the state of Pennsylvania!





 

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why not try to open it up, clean and lube, not sure it can be done but nothing to lose now:action::waving: just watch for small flying parts. clean floor white rag surrounding switch.
 

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The start part of the switch obviously still works, it is the headlight contact that is the problem. Like plainmech suggested, try to clean it.
 

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The start part did use to work until today. I opened it up and sprayed some WD40 into it but had trouble getting to the switch because the throttle cables were in the way. Any trick to getting these throttle cables unhooked? maybe I need to unhook them from the carb. first?



If this is the case, I was hoping to mount a different type of switch to bypass this thing altogether.



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I have had some luck with a spray. WD40 is NOT it. Get some CRC "Contact Cleaner". Home Depot carries it. Note this is NOT NOT NOT Electrical Cleaner or Electronic Cleaner. It is "Contact Cleaner". The other two have been known to dissolve various plastics. I once had a cell phone completely disappear except for the various metal parts, using Electronic Cleaner. Try it in an inconspicuous place to make sure it doesn't dissolve plastic or labels.

I spray it in from the switch side and exercise the switch. I'm a boater and this is an old boating trick for corroded switches. I "fixed" my hi-lo beam switch this way. It can't hurt.....
 

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You would need a double throw momentary switch, meaning one set of contacts closed when you push the button and another set closed when not pushed.
 
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