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Old 06-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My ignition switch died. I finally managed to get it to where I could get at the wires. I found the two that let me start the bike but there was two other wires and I'm not sure what they are for or how to hook them back up. I looked at my clymers for the electrical diagram and it looks like an unsolvable maze and makes my eyes go buggy. I am thinking about just using a toggle switch for the ignition but need to know what to do with the other two wires.
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I just went through the same thing. Those other two wires go to your headlight.

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I just went through the same thing. Those other two wires go to your headlight.

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Thats odd, they are not hooked up and my headlight is working.
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Hmmm when my switch went out I lost my light also.

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I really need to figure out what those other two wires do so I can make sure I don't short something out. The clymers manual wiring diagram is too hard to follow with my old eyes.
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Im having the same deal. I took a ride to outer banks and my key fell out of my ignition so I had to pry my gas tank open to fill up and I had to break the ignition down and turn it manually to the on position. I wanna do a hidden switch too but I don't know where to start. Im not a fan of messing with electrical systems so I really don't wanna go trial and error with this one. If any of you guys have ever done this or have any more insight on those other two wires thatd be great. its an 89 vlx600
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I think I can see your problem..The Clymer circuit is very difficult to follow and I think it may be incorrect..

There are 6 wires coming out of the ignition switch, the clymer manual shows that 2 of them go to single connectors and four of them go to a 4 way connector..they are red - single to battery (via 30a fuse), red/blk - single to fuses, blue/orange 4 pin to fan fuse, brown 4 pin to brake/tail light, yellow/black 4 pin to parking light, brown/white 4 pin to speedo/tach lights..

The honda service manual shows that the ignition switch goes to three connectors, a three pin white connector with yellow/brown, blue/orange and red/black wires..a two pin black connector with brown and brown/white wires and a single red bullet connector..

The connectors are either under the left hand cover or under the tank..linking the red and the red/black will switch on the ignition...linking the orange to those other two will allow the fan to work.

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the two brown wires run to your lamp failure warning unit.
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I think I can see your problem..The Clymer circuit is very difficult to follow and I think it may be incorrect..

There are 6 wires coming out of the ignition switch, the clymer manual shows that 2 of them go to single connectors and four of them go to a 4 way connector..they are red - single to battery (via 30a fuse), red/blk - single to fuses, blue/orange 4 pin to fan fuse, brown 4 pin to brake/tail light, yellow/black 4 pin to parking light, brown/white 4 pin to speedo/tach lights..

The honda service manual shows that the ignition switch goes to three connectors, a three pin white connector with yellow/brown, blue/orange and red/black wires..a two pin black connector with brown and brown/white wires and a single red bullet connector..

The connectors are either under the left hand cover or under the tank..linking the red and the red/black will switch on the ignition...linking the orange to those other two will allow the fan to work.

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Yes, that clymer diagram is terrible. The fan is working, I can start the bike by hooking the two thickest wires together, If I recall one is black and the other is red. There are two other wires that are two conductors each, both white with a colored line, I don't recall what color the lines are right now but I have not cut them yet they are still wired to the ignition switch.
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My starter switch quit with no warning. After checking all the connections with a multimeter and finding no problems, the switch was still dead. Yes, I cleaned the switch several times. Turning the key on and jumping the contacts on the solenoid started the bike just fine so I ran two 10gauge wires from the solenoid to a heavy duty toggle switch mounted on my windscreen bracket. Been that way for a year now and works just fine!
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