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Old 05-07-2009, 02:30 PM
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I'll tell ya', Boys and Girls, I didn't know how the right side handlebar controls came apart and went back together.....but, I do NOW!!!
You gotta put the switch in with the wires pointing down. Don't try to rotate the switch after it's in place.

3 times apart, and together for a brake light switch that I, admittedly, broke while changing the levers. Also, $60 for that switch!!! WTF!

Oh well, the manual was minimal help at best. Trial and Error proved to be the solution, finally.

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If Topeka Harley-Davidson or Riverfront Harley-Davidson are close to you then you could've bought 71590-96A for $24 instead of the superseded 71621-08 for $60! Anywho, glad ya got it fixed. It is a bugger rotating the switch in there.
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Also, whenever you split the switch housings, or remove the front brake master cylinder, always install a washer or something between the brake lever and cylinder housing, to hold the lever off the switch or you'll break the switch everytime. It's real easy to do.......Putt
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Also, whenever you split the switch housings, or remove the front brake master cylinder, always install a washer or something between the brake lever and cylinder housing, to hold the lever off the switch or you'll break the switch everytime. It's real easy to do.......Putt
You can use the fat end of a zip tie also, works well.
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That is a $60.00 reason for reading and following instructions. Dang I hate to do that. But I also hate paying $60.00 for switch and the PAI to install it. They should add switch to all new brake levers.
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If Topeka Harley-Davidson or Riverfront Harley-Davidson are close to you then you could've bought 71590-96A for $24 instead of the superseded 71621-08 for $60! Anywho, glad ya got it fixed. It is a bugger rotating the switch in there.
Topeka H-D is where I bought my bike, but I was unaware of the substitue switch part numbers.... that would have been nice to know...LOL. Oh well. It's fixed...finally.
Oh, and Alefs' H-D, right here in river city only had the $60 switch in stock...go figure.

Oh, thanks for the heads up Dawg. I'll remember that part number just in case it happens again...[fingers crossed].

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They are a PITA to install, I had to fix mine on a trip in a parking lot in July in Charlotte. Hotter than hell in my leathers trying to fix it with minimal tools.
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They are a PITA to install, I had to fix mine on a trip in a parking lot in July in Charlotte. Hotter than hell in my leathers trying to fix it with minimal tools.
You're right, that would have been a major PITA!!! I always carry my tools with me, but in a parking lot...no thanks.
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I'll tell ya', Boys and Girls, I didn't know how the right side handlebar controls came apart and went back together.....but, I do NOW!!!
You gotta put the switch in with the wires pointing down. Don't try to rotate the switch after it's in place.

3 times apart, and together for a brake light switch that I, admittedly, broke while changing the levers. Also, $60 for that switch!!! WTF!

Oh well, the manual was minimal help at best. Trial and Error proved to be the solution, finally.

Live and Learn,
Seeing how the manual is of little to no use, could you do us a huge favor? Do the install again, except this time take photos and add descriptions?

Just kidding of course! No matter how satisfying it is to work on our bikes, there are some jobs that frustrate the be-jeebers out of us. The last one for me was installing the headlight visor trim ring.
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You know, I seriously thought about taking pictures and doing a "play by play" of the switch install. I'm glad I chose not too...may have been some pictures of me standing there cussing at my switch housing taken by my thoughtful wife...
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