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Hey, guys. I'm attempting to reroute the wiring from my kill-switch to an off/off toggle under the seat that will hopefully act as a theft deterrent. I'm having a bit of a tough time tracing the wiring because of the conduit, and it doesn't help that all the insulators are black. Obviously one wire goes to the magneto, but where is the second wire typically grounded at? Thanks in advance.
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You will need to ground the mag.

On a side note, anyone that thinks they will walk up and be able to start your mag CH probably knows to simply snip the wire directly exposed at the mag body. I would think in today’s day and age a mag Sportster would most likely be a load in to truck type of theft. Not so much a ride away scenario. The extra path to ground might just be a potential failure along the road.
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The original kill switch is located on the right side handlebar. Looks more like a horn button.

I didn't think anyone bothered stealing these old clunkers anymore.

They can now just shift a key of meth and buy hundreds f them if they want them.
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My existing kill-switch had two black wires leading to it, whereas the service manual's wiring diagram only shows one; one appears to go to the top of the button and the other to a grounding strip on the inside of the switch.

I'm simply hoping this will act as a deterrent when I leave the bike downtown for an hour or so. I don't expect it would prevent an experienced thief from taking off with the bike, but perhaps some punk kid who's familiar with dirt bikes and is feeling cheeky might be turned off by it. Most of the time it'll be locked up in my garage with six others... anyone wanting to steal it would have to play musical bikes to get it out of there.
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The dirt bike riding kid ?

Starting a mag fired CH ?


You gotta feel a little sorry for him.

Someone dragged a 74 Sporster over top of a Norton and two Honda's many years ago.

Today, they just back up a truck and take the lot.
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The dirt bike riding kid ?

Starting a mag fired CH ?


You gotta feel a little sorry for him.

Someone dragged a 74 Sporster over top of a Norton and two Honda's many years ago.

Today, they just back up a truck and take the lot.
Ha! Perhaps if I had left the Andrew's Flowmaster on there, all but the most determined thief would become exasperated and throw in the towel after the umpteenth kick; however, since putting the VM38 on there, it's a sweetheart of a starter and typically fires right up within the first kick or two.

I'm not under the impression the toggle switch is going to make the bike theft-proof. Honestly, I'm just looking for an alternative to the handlebar-mounted kill-switch. Since installing the Biltwell Whiskey Throttle, it covers all but one of the switch's mounting holes. In order to reuse the original switch, I'd either have to move the grip further towards the end of the bar (making the right bar inches longer than the other), or drill and tap the bars further down to accommodate the switch. Those are my only alternatives as I see it.

We're fortunate that we live in a rural area at the end of a private road, and someone is virtually always home, so theft from my residence isn't nearly as big of a concern as when I leave it on Mainstreet to go grab a cup of coffee. I do have the key to the magneto's ignition switch.

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Many years ago I used to wear a bike chain when I went anywhere. Case hardened chain and "Master" padlock that weighed about 10 lbs. (I still have it)

A visible deterrent. And works pretty well.

(Does mess up the cut of your Brooks Brothers suit though)
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I may be wrong but I seem to remember my '68 XLCH having a keyed lock in the side of the magneto housing. Shut down with the kill switch then secure it with the key.

I was always told that leaving the mag grounded (toggle switch in the grounded/off position) tended to cause the magnets to lose strength over time (that's why all mag kill switches are momentary-- hold 'til the engine quits running then let go and the switch returns to the run position.
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Locking a Harley electrically is a waste of time, they don't get ridden away when they are stolen.

3 big guys pick it up and throw it into a van with the alarm shrieking and drive away while one cuts the battery cable to snuff the alarm.
It takes about 15 seconds.
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I appreciate the feedback, guys. It's duly noted. Still, the fact remains I need to do something about the lack of a cut-out switch on my bike, and a toggle switch under the seat seems like the best option. I'm not too keen on the thought of drilling and tapping the original bar, as the they're getting harder to come by, and I may want to return it to stock at some point in the future.

That's an interesting theory, JonesL-- I've not heard it before. I'll have to research it further.
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