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Bought my first Shadow. Nice bike. Bought it without key, with title. Previous owner claims:
5 months ago husband parked it after riding it.
5 months it sat. Battery shot, needs new. Should start.
Naturally, without the key, i aint so sure.

Ignition switch bypass -
Cut 3 wires leading to cylinder. RED / BLUE&RED / RED&BLACK.
connecting both reds works. What about blue?
 

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A little later manual shows the red as power in - the red/black as powering most of the fuses- and the blue powering the fan fuse.
 
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Before you do, there's no need to 'cut' any of the wires especially if you plan on replacing the keybox later. If you trace the keybox wires, there'll be a factory 4-pin connector that you unplug. You'll be able to plug-n-play the replacement when you get it which you won't be able if you snip wires. As a temporary measure, solder or crimp on some blade connectors [edit] to a jumper and plug the jumper into its respective blade terminals on the 4pin-connector.

I used bullet connectors because the thieves tore apart the 4pin-connector and I didn't have a 4pin connector to work with. Obviously, pulling apart the bullet connectors shuts off the ignition.
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Just stumbled across an old photo of the jumper. Like this with female blades but it's the same with male blade terminals..

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Before you do, there's no need to 'cut' any of the wires especially if you plan on replacing the keybox later. If you trace the keybox wires, there'll be a factory 4-pin connector that you unplug. You'll be able to plug-n-play the replacement when you get it which you won't be able if you snip wires. As a temporary measure, solder or crimp on some blade connectors [edit] to a jumper and plug the jumper into its respective blade terminals on the 4pin-connector.

I used bullet connectors because the thieves tore apart the 4pin-connector and I didn't have a 4pin connector to work with. Obviously, pulling apart the bullet connectors shuts off the ignition.
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4-pin connector?
Ive removes the old Ignition switch/cylinder and unplugged it from the harness, it was a 3-pin.
 

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I don't like bandying semantics. Many shadows use a 4pin-connector and leave a slot empty for the ignition switch. From now on, fix your own bike.

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