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Thanks for the update - at that age, the contacts may be well worn and the wiper may not be as springy are originally (losing contact pressure)...

If you carefully disassemble the old keyswitch, I'd be interested to see some pics of the contact wiper & the contact board...
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Really glad for you, ken!
Thanks for the vote of confidence, I'll feel much better after riding a couple hundred miles without any hiccups! But at least I have a better feeling at this point that when it started acting up!

I'll do my best to get some pictures of the autopsy of the switch.
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A little follow up on the ignition problem with my 1992 Sportster.

It's all back together and just waiting for some good weather to do a test run.

I did dissect the key switch and got a good picture of the internal parts.

If you look at the picture you can see it was NOT full of mud or rust, the black stuff on the contacts was like a fairly thick grease but when wiped off with paper towel there was no noticeable pitting or corrosion on them.

I'm thinking the grease had just got stiff and dried with age and was causing the problem with the high resistance. Hopefully the test run goes well and we can call this one closed!

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I remember you from Sportster.org
I posted on it from Jan 2003 until its demise ~April 2012, then I joined this forum, which was started by Bert, a former Lister; and I posted regularly until this past April.

My handle was California Jerry until Colorado Jeff (now retired from banking) labeled me Calvada Jerry in 2006 due to my move to Nevada and bi-weekly commute to SoCal for work (retired a couple years ago).

There are several former Listers on this forum.

Glad your ignition issue appears resolved.
Well can you give me a phone number I can call if the test ride doesn't go well and have you swing over and pick me up

I also retired, April of 2015. Now don't seem to have the free time I had while working! Hows that happen?
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I believe I used the ken883/1200, not positive though!

Do you recall "Roadkill"? He had a Sportster with sidecar as did I, actually still have one on a Sportster the 1992!
It looks like you used just 'Ken' for a handle there... (your last name starts with H and your email supplier was 'twcny.rr.com', right)

That was a great site - I was really disappointed to see it go the way it did after Doug sold it off...


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I did dissect the key switch and got a good picture of the internal parts.
Thanks for the pic... It looks like that was the intermittent...


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It looks like you used just 'Ken' for a handle there... (your last name starts with H and your email supplier was 'twcny.rr.com', right)
Yep that's me! I have a spreadsheet somewhere with a list of all the Sportster.org people somewhere but think it is in some file format the MS decided to abandon.
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Just a little bit more for the update.

Needed to pick up some small parts for my brush cutter so no time like the present to go for a test run.

Round trip of just over 20 miles and ran fine, even did a couple runs up to red-line just for fun.

Now just need the weather to stay nice for long enough to do a 100+ mile test run later this next week.
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Glad you got a short test ride - and all went well...

Red Line runs are fun - I usually keep it to max of 3rd gear - The limiter kicks in just over 90mph... Woo Hoo !!!!

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Just a little bit more for the update.

Needed to pick up some small parts for my brush cutter so no time like the present to go for a test run.

Round trip of just over 20 miles and ran fine, even did a couple runs up to red-line just for fun.

Now just need the weather to stay nice for long enough to do a 100+ mile test run later this next week.
Well could not find time to do 100 but another 45 miles with no hiccups so I feel I can call this one fixed!
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