So I was washing the 9'er today and noticed two small wires hanging conspicuously from under my front brake lever. Not that big of a deal as I was able to re-connect them but I found that I needed to re-crimp them in order to get them to stay. Some questions... is this common? due to vibrations? and should I have needed to re-crimp them? I'm not that worried about these wires but if this is typical of a new 9'ers electrical connections, I'm a little concerned what other hidden inconsistencies I may need to go looking for. Not to mention, it just hit me why so many people were riding my ass the whole way home today and that I must have appeared to possess the magical ability to keep my bike from rolling backwards while sitting at a stop light on an incline by only using my feet and my superior command of anti-gravity.
This is the first time I've heard of any problem with the front brake light switch wires. It sounds like either the connectors were mishandled at the factory (unlikely), or they were pulled somehow while uncrating the bike at the dealership. Inspect the lugs on the switch for bending or some other evidence of having the wires forcibly pulled out.
Other than that, as long as the brake light comes on when the front brakes are applied you're probably good to go -- but make brake light function part of your preride walkaround just to be sure.
If it has already been done, it is safe to assume it is possible to do it.
On the other hand, if it has not been done never assume it is impossible to do it.
------- Rob --------
first is a question how long you had bike?
second these are istalledat dealership as the handle bars are not mounted doing shippment. so if a new bike this could have happend. they should not need to be crimped. pull back the boot on them to ensure that you actually get the connectors together, without pulling the boot back you might miss and think you got it right.
Yeah 3d, its a new bike. I pulled the boot back and saw that the connector was loose when trying to seat it on the post. I guess I didn't really "crimp" it but I did get the needle-nose pliers and squeeze the connector tighter onto the post. Looks like its in good shape now
Jim you may be on to something... my wife just had me increase my life insurance policy a couple of weeks ago...
Hey..another problem solved by the forum! My front brake wasn't engaging the light, and after a quick search here, I found my problem.
I had those two wires with the L shaped boots come loose on mine. I think they came off when I was cleaning bugs off of all the cables and lines about a month ago. Anyway, plugged them back in, and everything is good.
Definitely a good reminder to check these things more often! Or at least more often than me. Especially considering how much more the front brake is used vs the rear.
Funny you bring that up. I just washed my bike up today, and when I went to roll it back into the garage, I noticed those wires loose on mine as well. Didn't know what they were, but I saw where the two prongs were exposed so I plugged 'em back in and didn't think anything else about it. Brake light wire makes sense. I had to go out and test mine to make sure I got them seated enough.