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    Ignition switch help

    I brought my TW on the motor home bumper this weekend. So excited to finally have a TW for transport.
    However I left the key at home

    I butched the ignition switch trying to make it start


    Now I need a new ignition switch. EBay shows Chinese cheapies for 35.00 but for the newer bikes as mine is a 87.

    They come with a keyed gas cap which I know is different on the newer bikes

    Does anyone know if the switch is the same for all TWs or have a solution other than dropping 150.00 for a new OEM part?
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    Found my answer. I have a tough time locating answers in the Search sometimes
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    Found my answer. I have a tough time locating answers in the Search sometimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    Please share the answer
    +1 It helps others who come later.
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    Sure, I'm sorry Tommy
    The earlier models up to 99 I believe share the same ignition switch. The later models have the same housing but different wiring. On ebay they sell cheap Chinese replacements for the 2000+ bikes. Or just buy a OEM switch for 140.00. I ordered the cheapie Chinese part for my older bike but plan on using just the new housing on the old inner switch.
    I also plan to put the extra key on the RV keyring so this never happens again
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    On my '87 all I have to do is unplug the red plug behind the headlight and I can kick start the engine and ride it all day. It has to be in neutral and the kick stand has to be up. Of course if the gas cap is locked your range is limited.

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    And then if you take a little wire and jump as shown by the black line (i.e, the red and brown wires) in the following picture its works the same as turning on the key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elime View Post
    On my '87 all I have to do is unplug the red plug behind the headlight and I can kick start the engine and ride it all day. It has to be in neutral and the kick stand has to be up. Of course if the gas cap is locked your range is limited.

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    Thanks Tony!

    Good to know if I ever want to borrow your bike .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TW-Brian View Post
    Thanks Tony!

    Good to know if I ever want to borrow your bike .
    Brian, if you ever want to borrow my bike it is yours AND I will give you the key !
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    Quote Originally Posted by elime View Post
    Brian, if you ever want to borrow my bike it is yours AND I will give you the key !
    Tony, you're the best!

    Been over a year since the last Wrench & Ride, and even longer since we've gone on a group ride together. Way too long . . . . .

    We gotta do something about that!

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    I wish I had known that Elime before I trashed my switch and spent time playing around instead of riding

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