xs1100 - replacing turn signal switch
The left turn signal on the bike stopped working. I eventually narrowed it down to the switch. I dissassembled the switch and attempted to repair it by cleaning all the contacts, resoldering a couple leads, and putting more tension on the spring loaded contacts. In the end it was no use. The switch was just too worn out. I dont know if it was purely a mechanical issue or if some wire was split internally.
Either way I decided to replace it with a new unit. Well this part is long since discontinued. I opted to buy a nearly identical looking switch from MikesXS. The new switch did not have a hazard switch. No biggie. I never used it anyways. The only bummer is that I had to crimp and solder on my own wire connector since the wiring was slightly different from the XS650. My hands had blisters be the time I was done cutting, crimping, trimming, and soldering all the wire connections.
The result of all this work is that the turn signals work again.