Post Number: 169
|Posted on Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 - 04:44: |
I need a brake light switch for a 79 Shadow II (pic). My contacts say it is "no longer available". I order a universal switch but the problem is the "plunger" on/off is opposite to the original in that when "on", the plunger is in (and not out). Any known subsitutes?
Robert J. Sprauer
Post Number: 537
|Posted on Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 - 07:56: |
That's a normally open switch. Made by Burgess and has a 25a rating. It's heavy duty.
I'm sure there are plenty floating around from the breakers and on eBay.
Post Number: 2965
|Posted on Tuesday, 10 September, 2019 - 09:25: |
Have you tested this switch yourself using a multimeter? That's the first thing you should do before even considering buying a replacement.
The K5Q switch is still available, and from U.S. sources, but is not inexpensive. See: https://www.partstown.com/carpigiani/crpic572300114
As Robert has noted, you'll often find this sort of thing on eBay, too.
There appears to be a source in Australia, too, but more research regarding it being a straight replacement would be needed:
I had the best luck using "K5Q switch" as the search terms.
Post Number: 170
|Posted on Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 - 12:47: |
I was able to get my "universal" switch (pic) to work perfectly. I had been testing it with the last 2 terminals from the plunger;this would give power IF the plunger was pushed in. I tried the first two terminals;this was the opposite with the plunger being out giving the power (which is like the Burgess switch). There were 2 other smaller wires which I connected to the last two terimals. I assume they are for the cruise (which works great). It took patience to install it, but it was worth the effort as the total cost was $4.79 w/free shipping! Hope this will help you if you need a brake switch. The Burgess switch would sometime work;other times not at all.
THANKS to all who provided links to possible switches!