The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

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The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

Post by MartyL » Sun May 17, 2020 5:49 pm

I got the longest run on an Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Switch (20,000 kms+) but the Demon of the underworld has surfaced once again to spread its evil curse upon my 2010 Gear Up and crapped out. Luckily I always have spares of the evil device of the Devil. By design grease and dirt get in the plunger of the switch and it eventually craps out...
Nothing can stop the dark evil forces of the Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch.... :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

Post by CrankyTom » Mon May 18, 2020 6:05 am

MartyL wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:49 pm
I got the longest run on an Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Switch (20,000 kms+) but the Demon of the underworld has surfaced once again to spread its evil curse upon my 2010 Gear Up and crapped out. Luckily I always have spares of the evil device of the Devil. By design grease and dirt get in the plunger of the switch and it eventually craps out...
Nothing can stop the dark evil forces of the Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch.... :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
Jeez,I got 71,000 km+ out of mine.
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Re: The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

Post by stagewex » Mon May 18, 2020 10:42 am

I've replaced a four (4) over the last close to 14 years. Winter riding even if not in the snow (we got no real snowfall this year) theres still the salt and calcium chloride that they seem to paint on the streets and of course not being able to spray it off with a frozen hose, until Spring.
You're lucky you don't have to deal with that anymore down there in Florida Marty.

Every and anytime I do a small order with Terry of Gene I always have them throw a couple into the shipment too. I probably have about 10 spares now.
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Re: The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

Post by rougaroo » Mon May 18, 2020 4:26 pm

I've probably replaced 4 over the years, but the last time I put a dab of dielectric grease on the rod just to see if it'd keep the crud out. That was two or more years ago. Maybe it'll work for you, but no guarantees. One time I also had brief success cleaning one out with brake cleaner and reinstalling. That lasted about six months.

I experimented one time with a magnetic electric switch used on the steps of RV's that operates the same way where closed = off and open = on. Unfortunately the amperage must have been too high 'cause it burnt the switch out. I keep thinking there has to be a better weather-proof switch out there somewhere.

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Re: The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

Post by n3303j » Tue May 19, 2020 9:19 pm

Still have the original on my '96 frame. Drown it in ACF-50 every so often and brush the chunks off. Otherwise maintenance free. (Hope I didn't just curse it?)
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Re: The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

Post by Lmo » Tue May 19, 2020 11:10 pm

OEM Dnepr mechanical switch, still ticking...

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Re: The Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch

Post by Mr Wazzock » Thu May 21, 2020 11:34 am

MartyL wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 5:49 pm
I got the longest run on an Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Switch (20,000 kms+) but the Demon of the underworld has surfaced once again to spread its evil curse upon my 2010 Gear Up and crapped out. Luckily I always have spares of the evil device of the Devil. By design grease and dirt get in the plunger of the switch and it eventually craps out...
Nothing can stop the dark evil forces of the Evil Dreaded Rear Brake Light Switch.... :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
What does it look like?

Mine sh!t the bed on the way home from collecting the rig from the dealer, first time I'd rode it. :o

Made it work again, inevitably it crapped out again, replaced with this off of eBay, was shipped from the U.S., looks and works the same. But 3 years later it's still working. But maybe only because I've got two spares (following Murphy's Law that it will never go wrong if you've got a spare).

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