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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Need switch parts.

I was taking apart my reverse switch to clean it out and keep it from sticking. During the disassembly one of the small contacts with the spring under sprang out. I cannot find the spring or the contact anywhere. I would like to purchase a new spring and contact, but all I can find online is the entire switch assembly which is upwards of $200.
I am not going to pay $200 for a spring and a contact which probably cost 5 cents. Does anyone know where I can get these parts. If maybe you know of a totaled out unit and could get me the parts. I would be thankful for any help.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 08:00 PM
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Try taking apart a cigarette lighter and using one of the springs there. I did that for my emergency flasher switch that was missing one from a failed attempt by the previous owner to fix it.
It worked great. I just cut the spring to the length I needed and it worked perfectly.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I will give that a try. I still need a contact.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 08:07 AM
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FYI: Very good tip from many on this board:: When assembling & dis assembly if you use a clear plastic bag, it will save you from losing those small parts. Tip# 2!!! bag is for your hands, not your whole body....Some wingers have to have explicit instructions!! lol
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 08:17 AM
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Maybe be this 2004 part-out has what you need:
parting out 2004 y181p

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 11:11 PM
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Try calling Midway Cycle Salvage in Madison, AL at 256-233-3821. They are both a MC dealer and large cycle salvage. They usually are parting out several Goldwings and may have what you need, or know where to find them. They also have an ebay store with over a thousand listings.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got this repaired. What I did was, I looked in every old electronic piece that I had thinking that I could find something that I could make a contact out of. I had no luck, so I used a piece of copper wire the right size when smashed flat to make the contact. After smashing and bending the wire I had a contact that looked relatively the same as the other one. I used the spring out of the cigarette lighter (thanks Prockey for the tip) and reassembling it, it worked. I am good to go.
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