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Switched grips, now cruise only works sometimes

I had a bad HD grip and was given a new one under warranty. After installing the new grip, the cruise control will only engage sometimes. I'm assuming a pinched wire although I'm sure there could be other causes.

Anyone else have a similar problem? What's the fix if it is pinched wire?

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Like you said there is a good chance it is a pinched wire. I would recommend repairing the pinched wire by having the wire soldered and cover the repaired section with heat shrink tubing. Not hard to do if you have the tools but may be worthwhile to let some one else do it if you don't already have them for just one wire.


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I would look into the front brake light switch. If you did not follow the correct procedures when working on the switch housings you could damage or dislocate the brake light switch. If the brake light turns on even for a split second the cruise will disable and if the brake light is stuck on the cruise will not set. Check to see if the brake light is stuck on or have someone follow you and see if the brake light is flashing on/off.


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I would look into the front brake light switch. If you did not follow the correct procedures when working on the switch housings you could damage or dislocate the brake light switch. If the brake light turns on even for a split second the cruise will disable and if the brake light is stuck on the cruise will not set. Check to see if the brake light is stuck on or have someone follow you and see if the brake light is flashing on/off.
I had the manual out doing the switch and tried to follow the instructions to a T, still a chance you're right though. Have to check it out tomorrow. Thanks for the info.

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I would look into the front brake light switch. If you did not follow the correct procedures when working on the switch housings you could damage or dislocate the brake light switch.... Check to see if the brake light is stuck on or have someone follow you and see if the brake light is flashing on/off.
Yep, brake light on constant. I guess I have to take it back apart and see what happened. Any pointers so I don't have to keep doing so?

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I cut off the tip of a plastic tie and used it as an insert to keep the lever off the switch. Anything will work as long as it doesn't slip out.

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Yep, brake light on constant. I guess I have to take it back apart and see what happened. Any pointers so I don't have to keep doing so?
Don't feel bad. Sounds like yours is still working. I broke mine. Had no idea you were supposed to shim it. Oh well live and learn.

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I cut off the tip of a plastic tie and used it as an insert to keep the lever off the switch. Anything will work as long as it doesn't slip out.
I did too, guess it didn't work so well.

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Don't feel bad. Sounds like yours is still working. I broke mine. Had no idea you were supposed to shim it. Oh well live and learn.
Do you remember what the repair cost was and did you do it or did you have it done?

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I think H-D price for the switch is about 60. I purchased from Indy for 16.95. You will need to pull the fairing and find the wiring junction and match the colors. I replaced mine when I put on new bars. Before that I used a small sticky 'o' ring with a piece of Gorilla tape on the lever to cause the light to go off so my cruise would work.

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I think H-D price for the switch is about 60. I purchased from Indy for 16.95. You will need to pull the fairing and find the wiring junction and match the colors...
Pull the fairing to replace a switch in the RH control housing? Man, I hope there's an easier or simpler way than that.

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