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has anyone had or know anyone that has had success rewiring the starter button so that it does not kill the headlight when used.



i have taken mine apart and cleaned it but it still does not work very well. (bike starts fine just want to bypass the part that cuts out the headlight, if possible)
 

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You want the headlight to be out when you crank the bike. The headlight takes quite a few amps from the battery and there are not too many extra amps to spare in these batteries.



I have cleaned and repaired several and haven't had any issues after doing it. I suppose you could take the headlight completely out of the starting circuit and add it's own on/off switch somewhere. But I also like the safety of knowing the headlight is on when riding. I think it may even be the law in some states.
 

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A thought not that I would do it would be to hook up one of those relay switches that takes power from the battery when it is tripped and hook it up between the rear hot wire by the cdi. It's black. And then running a single ground and hot wires up to the low beam of the headlight.



All in all I think it's a waste of time just to keep a light from flickering when pressing the start button.



 

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How did you clean the contacts?



Here are my standard instructions for cleaning motorcycle switchgear. Depending on what you have already done, some of it may be useful to you:



The first thing to try is spraying the switch with contact cleaner.



You do have contact cleaner, don't you? Contact cleaner is your friend. It will fix more electrical problems than your buddy who is really into wiring. ;-{)

Note: You need to have real contact cleaner. WD40 is a fine product and has many uses, but it is not real contact cleaner. It leaves a sticky residue that will attract dust and you will have dirty contacts again before you know it.



You can usually clean your switches without taking anything apart. If you look at the bottoms of your switch clusters you will see that there are small holes, just the right size to accept the straw from the contact cleaner and located so that it will spray right onto the contacts.



Just spray the contact cleaner into the hole and work the switch or button vigorously several times, then turn on the key & try it. You might need to repeat the process several times before it works properly.



If you can't get it working after 3 or 4 tries you will need to take it apart.



If you find broken parts you will need to make a trip to the wreckers.



If there is just too much dirt & hardened grease in there for the contact cleaner to wash out you will need to clean it manually. Use an old toothbrush & more contact cleaner.



DO NOT use sandpaper - particles of the grit will become embedded into the contact's surface and cause all kinds of problems.

If a contact is pitted you can dress it with a POINTS FILE. DO NOT use a regular file. POINTS FILES are designed for dressing ignition points and have the their teeth cut at the proper angle &c so that they will leave a very smooth surface.
 

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When I worked for the phone company and we had to clean relay contacts (this was a lot of year ago) we used what was called a burnishing blade. You can make your own by getting a thin strip of stainless steel and running the flat sides on a grinding wheel to create a texture. This will clean contacts without leaving any metal imbedded in the contact itself. BillRod
 
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