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Sidestand switch bypass

New relay,new batt will crank when I bypass relay but wont fire

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Replace the switch if possible. If not, check for continuity when the stand is up and down. It should change. The system is looking for the "up" condition. If the switch has continuity with the stand up, short the switch wires together. If there is no continuity with the stand up, disconnect the switch. The lack of a sidestand switch can be dangerous. Have it repaired properly asap.

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SOURCE: Honda Shadow wont crank or even turn over

check the starter solenoid or starter switch

Posted on Aug 03, 2013

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