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Old 10-14-2012, 02:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default M696/796/1100 owners: Taillight issue solved

Hey guys, i just want to share a small issue i had with my bike recently that i was able to solve fairly quickly and easily. I've got a 2012 monster 796, but my guess is that this might apply 696 and 1100 owners too.

I noticed one night that my front brake lever was not activating my brake light. The rear brake was still activating the light so i knew it was isolated to the front switch and not a fuse or the taillight itself. I checked the switch on the lever and it's a water sealed switch. It was fine. So I just followed the wiring to the next point and found two bullet style connectors tucked behind the frame on the right side of the bike near the oil cooler air deflector. Sure enough these connectors are open to the atmosphere and was the cause of the bad connection. They have these little rubber sleeves around them preventing a short, but they're not sealed so water can easily get in and corrode them. I found some water in there so i cut off those useless rubber covers, cleaned up the connectors, re connected everything and sealed it up with shrink wrap. Electrical tape would work well too. If anyone runs into the same problem check these bullet connectors first. You have pull apart your air deflector in order to get them as they're tie wrapped behind the frame but that's pretty easy. Here's a picture of the connectors. You can see the useless clear rubber covers. Hopefully this helps someone out.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tip. The connectors may be good for speeding up the assembly line, but they are not good for the harsh environment that is a naked motorcycle..
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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same thing for the clutch switch and nuetral switch connectors.
fill them with dielectric grease before reassembly.

It also helps to put some clear vinyl 3m tape on the head tube so the harness doesn't wear through the paint.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tip. The connectors may be good for speeding up the assembly line, but they are not good for the harsh environment that is a naked motorcycle..
That's exactly it. It's funny how most everything else seems sealed except for these connectors.


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