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This is a known weak link in the electrical system and classic routine failure.. Buying another connector is just going to set you up for another repair down the road.. Usually.. When you are On the road..

Up-to-you.. But, I would do as the guys above suggest, cut that connector, solder and insulate the wires..

Problems-Problems.. Problems Solved ;)
 

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I`m amazed that mine is still in good shape, what, with, from, all the problems I`ve been reading about and I reckon it`s because they used good stuff in 98???
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Is this an issue on all Shadows? Mine's a 1998 750ACE and I have not had that failure. Is it something I should anticipate?

Phil
No problem here on the 2006 vlx Phil, I never heard of the vlx experiencing this, but have read of folks having to go this route. I wonder if it's an 1100 issue, not an across the board Shadow thing.
 

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Is this an issue on all Shadows? Mine's a 1998 750ACE and I have not had that failure. Is it something I should anticipate?
Anticipate? Without a doubt. Next time you're doing some maintenance, check the condition of your connector. When I did (years ago; photos below), I found that mine had been nicely cooking despite showing no signs of failure. Had I not anticipated, I'm sure I would have encountered a failure eventually.



 

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You can use wrist or handshake connector they work 90% better than push type wire connector, solder any connector after crimping it. I used handshake connectors and slid 3 sections of heat shrink over the new connectors due to the rectifier going bad, I ordered two so to have a backup.
 

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You can use wrist or handshake connector they work 90% better than push type wire connector, solder any connector after crimping it. I used handshake connectors and slid 3 sections of heat shrink over the new connectors due to the rectifier going bad, I ordered two so to have a backup.
Just curious what is a wrist or handshake connector?
 

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Anticipate? Without a doubt. Next time you're doing some maintenance, check the condition of your connector. When I did (years ago; photos below), I found that mine had been nicely cooking despite showing no signs of failure. Had I not anticipated, I'm sure I would have encountered a failure eventually.
Thanks,
Bike is in winter hibernation right now but as soon as she wakes up, that'll be the first thing I check out......

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Its a very common problem. Mine cooked about 6 years ago on my vlx. I used crimp connectos that had goo inside with integral heat shrink. Not sure where they came from, electrician at work gave them to me.
 
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