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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.

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I thought tension on the ball was a bit low
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clean copper and further extruded the humps that make contact with rest of switch
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all reassembled, still doesn't work reliably
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original switch had a hazard switch
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new switch from mikesxs
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new connector from radio shack
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nearly all the wires match up directly
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old switch
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2 old wiring harnesses, will be removed and spliced into 1 new connector
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connectors attached to turn signal switch leads
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wires connected before installation into wire harness to make sure all wiring working
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new connector, using nearly every space
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all done, new connector shown in the middle
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new switch installed, works perfectly

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