Keyed ignition switch smoking....I need some help.

7 replies to this topic
  • Skithis

Posted March 23, 2008 - 04:19 PM


I isntalled a keyed ignition switch on my bike, ive got the battery hot to the battery post, ive got the rest of the outs to the "ignition" post. I hooked up the two leads from the kill switch and it started smoking. I kiilled it instantly. I need to know which wire is hot and which is ground from the stock kill switch. Is it normally open?

  • William1

Posted March 23, 2008 - 04:36 PM


Stock kill switch goes to ground.

  • grayracer513

Posted March 23, 2008 - 04:38 PM


What kind of bike are you working on?

  • Skithis

Posted March 23, 2008 - 04:41 PM


Oh, Im sorry. Its a 426. Hmmm, I dont know how i could make my keyswitch normally open and close when i turn it on. Unless the post in the middle does that.

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  • grayracer513

Posted March 23, 2008 - 04:46 PM


Your ignition is not battery operated. As built, the kill switch is normally open, and completes a circuit to ground when pressed. To key that, you would need a key switch that was closed in the lock position, and open in the unlocked. Never connect battery current to any pole on you CDI without knowing for certain that it belongs there.

  • Skithis

Posted March 23, 2008 - 07:25 PM


haha, Im damn lucky that I didnt fry the CDI. Im going to have to use a different switch for my master power. And the key for JUST the ignition wires.

  • intensem1rider

Posted March 24, 2008 - 04:58 AM


Well, if there was smoke, something is damaged. Electronics run on smoke, once you let it out, they don't work anymore :confused:

  • Skithis

Posted March 24, 2008 - 03:05 PM


It only smoked for a split second. Ive put about 2 hours on the bike since and there has been no problems.

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