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1984 honda shadow 500.3 days after purchase the ignition switch went out. I cant afford a switch and installation.I would like to know how to wire the 5 wires to a toggle switch and bypass the ignition thanks

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  • toro580d Sep 26, 2009

    the wires going to the ignition switch will be cut and i need to know how to wire these wires to a toggle switch and bypass the ignition.

  • toro580d Sep 26, 2009

    I will try to be as specific as possible. A honda manual will show what the wires do. I ordered a manual but have not received it yet. I am going to cut and lengthen the five wires going to the ignition switch. 1 red, 1 black, 2 solid brown, and 1 brown with a white stripe. My question is how to connect these wires to a switch or switches to bypass the ignition. should the switch be grounded. A new switch installed is over 3 hundred and out of the question. Thanks

  • toro580d Sep 26, 2009

    Thank you, 1 red 1 black 2 brown and 1 brown with a white stripe. Can they be connected to one switch and do i need a ground. Thanks Eliminating the bike switch my question is how to connect these wires to a switch or switches.

  • toro580d Sep 26, 2009

    I havent cut them yet and dont have the wires need to extend them and thlere is the black wire to be concerned about thanks

  • toro580d Sep 26, 2009

    same as red

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    I still dont know what to do with the black wire I know its trere for a reason. Whap amp switch do you recommend thanks

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    all five wires have the same diameter on the insulation

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    I do have a test light but im not sure what to look for, Ill probably get the parts tomorrow and start to work on it how do i test the black wire

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    Thanks I'll try to get back with you tomorrow. Thanks Phil

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    thanks bye

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    Good morning, I went to http://www.motoinfo.yoyo.pl/. and found a diagram for a VT 750c. It shows the ignition switch and the 5 wires we were talking about. Can you interpret the diagram and find out about the black wire. As to where it gets connected to if I install a toggle switch. Thanks Phil

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    Thanks I'll let you know what happens. Phil

  • toro580d Sep 27, 2009

    Great guy, great help. He walked me thru the installation of a bypass switch. Switch and wires = $7.50 Bike runs great. Thanks

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Okay do you have a test light? you will need one to confirm all the connection to the toggle switch? lso please give me the colors of the 5 wires and i will look to find the schematic here ad get this done for you.

this will be simple because usually there is power in witch is one on\\wire and the other 4 are the output to send power to all the components. let me know and i will guide you through it. is the bike close to you so you can check?

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    michael schultz Sep 26, 2009

    yea that is alot of money. okay well the switch should not be grounded t all! the red wire is your hot wire from your battery and the the browns and the one that is stripped will be your output. the black doesn't sound right and is why you should have a test light to confirm what that wire is. but if you get a toggle swtch with two terminal post on it then the red wire goes to one post and the browns go the the other post.

    the toggle switch will have to be a high rated amparage to insure you don't blow the switch out and fry something so don't get a cheap switch. the right switch will cost you ateast 15 - 30 dollars.

    so can you test the wires right now?


  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 26, 2009

    no don't ground the switch. all there should be is power going through the switch. thats why i need to know what the black wire has for polarity? need to test it with a little because i can't find the schematic over here. but no matter what you will have it when you get your manual and all you have to do is get the toggle switch and take the wire that comes from the battery to the switch and put it to on side of the switch and then the rest go o the other side of switch. how big is the black wire? is it smaller than the rest of them?

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    michael schultz Sep 26, 2009

    yes please make sure you solder all your connection or you will run into problems!



  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 26, 2009

    how to connect the wires is to solder them to it. now on the side that will have the most of them you will take two of them and solder them to one wire and then take the other one and the two you just made into one and solder them to to the switch so you only have two wire soldered to the post and not a big clump. also you can route them nice and neat because your extending the wires. remember solder all the connection ! the ones for the extension and switch.

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    michael schultz Sep 26, 2009

    and the brown ones are they bigger or smaller?

  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 27, 2009

    the black has to be tested with a test light. can you do that? do you have a test light? if not when you get the manual it will tell you what it is. most likely it will be connected with the browns. but not sure because i can't find the manual i have and nt sure because the wire is black. i don't think it is ground but you need to confirm what it is.

    now the rating of the switch should be 30 to 40 amps.




  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 27, 2009

    well you will need to see what polarity it has when the switch is on. witch brings me to the question what is wrong with the switch that is on there now? does it work at all? like to the light work when the switch is on?

    to check to see what polarity i will need to know if the switch works somewhat or not at all. also if you get the parts tomorrow you can email me or call me and i can help you. over the phone and you having the manual this will take less that 5 min. to explain or i can help you right along while you repair it. le me know if you want my info so you can contact me!


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    michael schultz Sep 27, 2009

    pleae don't forget to rate our chat! thank you

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    michael schultz Sep 27, 2009

    yes just as i was thinking. the black is the feed for the fuses so now we have the schematic we can be sure. so i would take the two browns and solder them together with another wire so those two are one now. then take black and brown/ white and solder those together with another wire and then take the two wires and solder those to one side of the switch. the red will be solder to the orther side of the switch. real nice and easy.

    please ask any more question you have and good luck

    please remember to rate our chat. thank you.


  • michael schultz
    michael schultz Sep 27, 2009

    ya know problem. do you have everything to get strted? you should be fine. that is an easy fix. just make sure to use a good switch and add up all the fuse ratings on your bike and that will give you the amp ratingthe switch has to be min.

    good luck and pleae don't forget to accept the heelp i gave you and rate it. the only way i get credit for it. thnks again


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THIS ONE is $15.00
It will cost you more to buy the toggle switches.
Dont hack up the bike :D

Thanks

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Match up like they are on switch. You have battery wire, accessories positive and negatives and a push button for starter.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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    Nate Stansfield Sep 27, 2009

    One end with clip goes to ground. Probe goes to wire. If continuity, light will glow.. You can do this with an ohmmeter as well.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 27, 2009

    One goes to fuse block, one is an extra, and one goes to thermos sensor.

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