919 Kill Switch- Starter Moidule - Wrist Twisters
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post #1 of 5 Old 10-26-2018, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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919 Kill Switch- Starter Moidule

Went to start her this morning, key turned light on as usual. Went to press the starter and Dead.
All of the lights went out. Nothing, nada.

Went to the battery, cables good.
Went to the fuse box, good.

Wondering about the kill switch at the right handle bar. For lack of electric contact cleaner, used carb cleaner and jiggled the kill switch back and forth. Got a light, but goes to black out on pressing the kill switch.
Is this something that I can take apart? The two screws holding the assembly came out easily enough, but it seems like a major project to inspect more thoroughly or even to replace.
Sprayed the inside and she lights up easier, but goes to zero once I press the starter switch?

Any thoughts? Fixable or replace?

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I would "load test" the battery first before taking any switch gear controls apart.

Put a meter on the battery or plug one into the battery tender pigtail and watch for the voltage drop when you hit the starter button.

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The starter killing the headlight is part of the normal operation of the switch. The kill switch is known to go bad or act intermittently but based on the info is not necessarily your problem. Is the fuel pump cycling? If yes the kill switch is not the problem. If no it probably is. When mine went bad I could press hard on the kill rocker back & forth & get it to work. I also looked at the wiring diagram & jumpered it to the run position as part of the troubleshooting.

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thank you for your timely replies..... thoughtful, good stuff.

Yup, most likely cause, which in this case is the battery.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-28-2018, 06:58 PM
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The first thing you need to do is jump start the bike. Using good quality jumper cables, jump from a known good source and a solid connection. You can ground to the battery first, then ground straight to the starter.

I did take my kill switch apart on another Honda (700S) and it helped but it was pretty old.

Every so often, the controls should be lubed (including cables). IDK what to use, maybe WD40 would get it.

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