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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2012, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Help with ignition switch!

Ok boys 'n girls, yesterday I installed the monotubes on my '12 RGC and when reassembling got the dreaded ignition switch mismatch , couldn't get it to align no matter what; but wait, it gets better, through all the fussing with the friggin' switch I managed to crack/break it at the base . I am now waiting for the local dealers to open and hopefully someone will have it in stock.
I believe it's part number 71572-06;
1. Has anyone replaced this switch?
2. Anything in particular I should look out for while installing?
3. Is is just a simple bolt-on/replacement deal?

BTW the forks are "of course" locked, I do not have the alignment tool but I do have my svc manual .

Happy Easter all!!

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2012, 09:32 AM
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I wish I could link you directly to the video on youtube. I'd suggest doing a search for harley ignition switch there ans see if you can locate it. I didn't make a tool but I used a long screwdriver and moved things into position easily. You might still be able to unlock the forks.

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Maybe this will help.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-QBH1SFyzo

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There are some videos on youtube.

If you look down inside the hole with a flashlight. You will see that there are two cut out areas (calling them this for lack of a better term).

Now look sat the stem from the switch. You will see that they have a certain shape to them.


Use a screw driver to turn the top "cutout area" to match the bottom one. When they are the same as the stem... insert the stem. It may take a few tries. You may have the top one 180 degrees off from the bottom one if it doesnt work on your first few tries..

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BTW... don't ask me why I now this.

I am pretty good at getting this now.

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hd_shock beat me to it but that's is the one I was talking about.

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It's like re-hanging the outer fairing--it's easy once you've done it a few times (and learn a few tricks). But you do NOT need the alignment tool, just a long flatblade screwdriver.
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The 2 notches should be positioned at the 2 o'clock position. Then the ignition Eli go in. I watched that video as well but he didn't really discuss how o position the notches.

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But you do NOT need the alignment tool, just a long flatblade screwdriver.
You don't even need a screwdriver.
You can insert the ignition knob all the way in and then lift if up about 1/2" - 3/4" and turn the top thru the various detents; using the design of the ignition shaft as the tool.
I battled this just yesterday after doing my mono tubes.

Once aligned, and with the forks locked left...Push the ignition switch all the way down, it's further than you think...following the remainder of the instructions in the service manual. Key in the ignition as well.
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Brought the new switch home, had to remove the bars to install it due to the rear electrical connector in the way, didn't want to risk cracking it. No biggie as the instrument nacelle was off anyway.
Once the bars are out of the way install took not even 3 minutes, dropped in the chrome selector knob and guess what?!?! The sumbitch fought me all the way. First it went in and cycled thru all the positions but would not lock the forks, then the knob wouldn't lock, then it wouldn't come out, then it went in cycled thru all the positions but no power!!

I'm now thinking "demonic posession", listened to the wife and walked away ...couldn't resist, came back and ended up re-aligning the tumblers again with a flat blade screwdriver, tried about three times and suddenly I PREVAILED!!!
The friggin' switch is back in, working as supposed to. Dang!

Part# 71572-06 $61.90 with FL tax.

Thanks all for the time and support ...much apppreciated as always!

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