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Neutral position switch replacement on 94 Virago 750

Oil had been leaking from neutral position switch assy since I bought it with 5500 miles on bike. Now I know why he never bothered to fix it. But, I don't think I'm the first to try. (There were tell-tale signs of someone's earlier frustration.) The terminal on the lead to the switch seems either to be a fork terminal with an extra, narrower slot cut into it towards the wire end, or a ring terminal with a piece of it clipped out - leaving it as described above. I'm not sure its the original terminal. My major problem is that b/c it doesn't sit neatly on any part of the assy, I don't understand what part of the switch its supposed to actually be in contact with. Although, it appeared to be clamped to the bolt/plug casing when I took it apart, clamping it to that now gives me a neutral light even in gear. (Which means I can ride, but I'd like to have it operating properly.) I did try connecting just to the screw tip on the switch, but that was a very "iffy" connection (I think an hour of riding would shake it loose again) and got me nothing anyway. (I'm going to try that one more time before giving up now that I have a meter.) I realize this is a messy description, but I've never seen a terminal that looked like this (or a switch that was part of a plug, for that matter.) I know I can ride by just shorting it, but I'd like to have my neutral light back if I can get it. How is it SUPPOSED to connect? At least it doesn't leak anymore :-> Thanks to anyone who cares to contribute.

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  • kevmickel May 12, 2010

    Just took it all apart and it seems that the new switch itself it the culprit, not the connection. I say seems. Its a brand new switch, so I'd like it if someone checks my logic. I put a meter between the bottom (screw side) of the switch and the casing (which would be ground if the switch were on the bike). No continuity. When I push the plunger in on the other side of the switch - it should close the circuit - right? Thats not happening. All this time I've been messing with the connection.... Am I on the right track now?

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It should connect to the top of the switch as far as i know?

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