Rear Brake Light Switch? - 82 Silverwing GL500
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    Hi,

    I just got an 82 GL500 Silverwing the other day, my first bike. I brought it to be inspected and the tail brake light didn't go on when the front brake was used. So I dove in and found a little piece under the brake lever which i believe is the switch, which was in bad shape and not connected to any wires. But now I can't seem to find any information on it or it's replacement (I have referred to the service manual, the oem schematics, the previous owner and this board) . The thing I believe to be the switch is located directly under the master cylinder.

    I am just wondering if any one has any further information on this or pictures of their front right brake handle bar that I can compare to. I'm also wondering if I should just ditch this and go for banjo bolt with built in switch? This is the piece.

    Thanks

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    Welcome aboard, JP. Please take a moment and fill out your profile with your location, and edit your signature line to show your bike model and year.



    I haven't seen a part that looks quite like that, but that doesn't mean much. Does your brake light work when you use the rear brake? You will get some other guys posting soon, so hang tight, as they might have better information for you.



    In the meantime, here is the part fische for the right controls, so you can see how it goes together. #1 is the switch LINK





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    I have a feeling they may be the same as these,



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    But would contact Georgefix to check.He's known to this forum and gives great service.
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    I second that Shep,----Georgefix will know if the part is interchangeable,- it sure looks like it.

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    My guess would be that someone has changed your MC. That was the case with one of my bikes. I purchased a used MC from a forum meber and replaced it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamsGL650I View Post
    I second that Shep,----Georgefix will know if the part is interchangeable,- it sure looks like it.
    I just checked my 82 GL500I and my GL650I and they have identical front brake switches, looking like the pic in the link Shep provided. Unless the non-interstate is different (and the service manual doesn't indicate that it is), the parts in jpolicy's post make up about 1/3 of the innards of the switch. I successfully disassembled and serviced one of mine that had gone bad, but if I'd known they were only $10 I probably would have just gotten a new one instead of futzing for an hour or two under a magnifier.



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    The standard is the same as the interstate.
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    Thanks everyone. The brake light does work with the rear brake, just not the front brake.

    I'm not seeing any piece that looks like that switch that Georgefix has. I'll attach some more photos, because I don't see anything that resembles a switch. I'm thinking that it Stubby might be right in that the MC was changed out at some point, though it looks like an oem part. If anyone could post a picture of theirs from the underside and front, that would be a tremendous help. Thanks again.





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    I can't do any pics this morning, but that looks nothing like my 82GL set up at first glance. My M/C is rectangular. And I'm pretty sure it is the stock original, as mine is the restore that Larry did.



    Here is one Larry took after the restore, so you can sort of see what stock looks like. I'll get better pics when I get home from work if needed. Ignore the chrome throttle lock, that is aftermarket.



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    Great thanks.

    It looks like someone switched out the front brake lever and switch at some point. That's where all the confusion has come from. It looks like it's a Suzuki brake switch from the early 80's. I found a replacement on ebay for $8.

    http://goo.gl/9k1pv



    Thanks everyone
    JP

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