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Spot light switch
« on: June 18, 2015, 09:20:50 am »
I am sure I am not the only one to ave suffered from this.

My spot light switch has reached sensitivity level, "Uber sensitive" and bump in the road either makes the spots flicker or switch off

So I figured I could just open the switch, clean it out and possibly bend the terminals, its a damn sealed unit inside, I cant clean or bend anything, at least I didnt see that I could.
I sprayed some cleaner in there and it worked ok for a while, this weekend we had a pretty dusty ride and its back to its old tricks again

Whats my options?? Can I fix it?
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2015, 10:45:55 am »
My spotlight switch also sometimes turns off by itself when riding offroad. That was the primary reason for me starting to develop a little box that allows you to use your bike's controls for the spots (among others), without tapping into the wires. But, it is unfortunately not ready yet (still prototyping), I will make more info available in a while.

For now I can't help you, though, apart from suggesting a new switch. At least they are not too expensive (at least not the ones I am using).
 

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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2015, 10:50:37 am »
My spotlight switch also sometimes turns off by itself when riding offroad. That was the primary reason for me starting to develop a little box that allows you to use your bike's controls for the spots (among others), without tapping into the wires. But, it is unfortunately not ready yet (still prototyping), I will make more info available in a while.

For now I can't help you, though, apart from suggesting a new switch. At least they are not too expensive (at least not the ones I am using).

Yeah, I suspect an original switch is a little pricey
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2015, 12:30:15 pm »
Before you blame the switch on the handlebar please examine the connection points strapped to the bike from the harness to the spot light. This has also been known to give connection failure. It looks OK but is intermittent.
Replace with bullet type connections if need be.
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2015, 12:33:10 pm »
Mine did that on 5000km - BMW replaced it - but for a few months prior to that, I jammed a piece of cable-tie into the gap between that button & the casing - worked perfectly.

My button was a sealed unit and could not be fixed....
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2015, 12:38:06 pm »
Before you blame the switch on the handlebar please examine the connection points strapped to the bike from the harness to the spot light. This has also been known to give connection failure. It looks OK but is intermittent.
Replace with bullet type connections if need be.

Definitely the switch, I need to merely touch it and the lights come on, or flicker
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2015, 01:37:31 pm »
Before you blame the switch on the handlebar please examine the connection points strapped to the bike from the harness to the spot light. This has also been known to give connection failure. It looks OK but is intermittent.
Replace with bullet type connections if need be.

Definitely the switch, I need to merely touch it and the lights come on, or flicker

You guys are referring to the OEM switch, I presume, not an aftermarket switch?
 

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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2015, 02:09:41 pm »
Before you blame the switch on the handlebar please examine the connection points strapped to the bike from the harness to the spot light. This has also been known to give connection failure. It looks OK but is intermittent.
Replace with bullet type connections if need be.

Definitely the switch, I need to merely touch it and the lights come on, or flicker

You guys are referring to the OEM switch, I presume, not an aftermarket switch?

Yes OEM
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2015, 02:25:01 pm »
Why not just bypass the switch? Can that not be done?
 

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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2015, 02:34:32 pm »
Before you blame the switch on the handlebar please examine the connection points strapped to the bike from the harness to the spot light. This has also been known to give connection failure. It looks OK but is intermittent.
Replace with bullet type connections if need be.

Definitely the switch, I need to merely touch it and the lights come on, or flicker

I have the same problem with the switch that I bought from Extreme Lights with my spots.
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2015, 02:38:20 pm »
Why not just bypass the switch? Can that not be done?

I guess it could, and a after market one can also be fitted but I was hoping someone had a nifty trick to sort the original one out
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2015, 08:06:59 am »
we sell an after-market 1200 GS/A specific switch that is useful in that it fit onto the mirror stalk, right next to where you need it, etc.
waterproof, about R120 (switch and stainless bracket).

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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2015, 09:19:28 am »
we sell an after-market 1200 GS/A specific switch that is useful in that it fit onto the mirror stalk, right next to where you need it, etc.
waterproof, about R120 (switch and stainless bracket).

Cannot find pictures right now!
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Does it replace the OEM switch?
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2015, 07:38:17 am »
I mounted a little gate receiver to the back of my battery box , with double soded tape.
then connected my spotlight neg wire to it since its a neg supply /cut switch.

since i had my sliding gate remote fastend to my handel bar to open/close my gate, i used a 2 button remote
remote one button programmed foe the gate and the other button for the spots , simple ,neat and no extra wirring on my handel bars
going to my spot light switch i have a little plastic coin bag in my riding pants to cover the remote on my handel bars in case of rain

It realy works like a charm for 3years now
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2015, 07:41:32 am »
I mounted a little gate receiver to the back of my battery box , with double soded tape.
then connected my spotlight neg wire to it since its a neg supply /cut switch.

since i had my sliding gate remote fastend to my handel bar to open/close my gate, i used a 2 button remote
remote one button programmed foe the gate and the other button for the spots , simple ,neat and no extra wirring on my handel bars
going to my spot light switch i have a little plastic coin bag in my riding pants to cover the remote on my handel bars in case of rain

It realy works like a charm for 3years now

Very nice idea  :thumleft:
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2015, 08:37:30 am »
I mounted a little gate receiver to the back of my battery box , with double soded tape.
then connected my spotlight neg wire to it since its a neg supply /cut switch.

since i had my sliding gate remote fastend to my handel bar to open/close my gate, i used a 2 button remote
remote one button programmed foe the gate and the other button for the spots , simple ,neat and no extra wirring on my handel bars
going to my spot light switch i have a little plastic coin bag in my riding pants to cover the remote on my handel bars in case of rain

It realy works like a charm for 3years now

Thats flippen wicked!!!  :thumleft:
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2015, 06:55:06 pm »
Its actually , simple to connect. When you have the hardware , i will be happy to help, pm me to arrange a date.
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2015, 06:52:07 am »
Its actually , simple to connect. When you have the hardware , i will be happy to help, pm me to arrange a date.

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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2015, 10:14:17 am »
Mine also started doing that,  simply replaced with aftermarket from motor spares shop.
Less than R10.00
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Re: Spot light switch
« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2015, 10:21:47 am »
Mine also started doing that,  simply replaced with aftermarket from motor spares shop.
Less than R10.00

Did you manage to find one that fits the OEM space?
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