Hydraulic brake switch - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Gadgets & Gizmos Discussion on the latest "toys" to enhance the adventure.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 Old 05-07-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,387
Garage
Hydraulic brake switch

I have had some trouble with my rear brake switch, finding at times that it was not actuating. It seemed from to stem from a bit of crap and corruption getting in and it needed periodic jiggling and fiddling.

It seemed a hydraulic brake switch might be a good cure, so I ordered up a K&S switch for $20.

This is what the switch looks like out of the box:


The stock connector is located just above the carburetor:


Removing the connector from the switch harness, I put it on the switch:


Installing it was simple, followed by a brake bleed. Got the boot settled down after the brake bleed:


This was a simple installation, except for hefting a full 10 gallon tank off of the bike.

Next time you pull your fuel line off, put a washer on the petcock tube; it makes it easier to remove, pushing it off instead of prying or pulling:


T

Tom [email protected]

“I lit a cigarette and dragged a smoking stand beside the chair. The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.
Tom Schmitz is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 05-07-2013, 06:57 PM
Lifetime Member
 
flash's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Texas
Posts: 1,534
Send a message via Yahoo to flash
Great job Tom. I have to admit though I'm more impressed with the use of the washer to aid in "pushing" off the hose !!!

Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.

Unknown
flash is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 05-07-2013, 07:18 PM
OverDrive
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Posts: 5,155
Tom, I attempted to try one of that brand switch years ago, on a dirt bike. It had too high of pressure requirement, would lock the brake before activating.
Still got it, FREE to anyone that can find an appropriate use for it.

Hope they fixed the issue.
pdwestman
pdwestman is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 Old 05-07-2013, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,387
Garage
pdwestman -

I wonder if it was defective. This one activates with very little pedal pressure.

Still, a good thing to check and I should have mentioned checking the operation.

T

Tom [email protected]

“I lit a cigarette and dragged a smoking stand beside the chair. The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.

Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 05-08-2013 at 01:38 AM.
Tom Schmitz is online now  
post #5 of 12 Old 05-08-2013, 12:31 AM
2nd Gear
 
beejjorgensen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Bend, OR
Posts: 376
Send a message via Skype™ to beejjorgensen
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Schmitz View Post
Next time you pull your fuel line off, put a washer on the petcock tube; it makes it easier to remove, pushing it off instead of prying or pulling:
Oh, man, I'm gonna buy you some beer. Brilliant!
beejjorgensen is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 05-08-2013, 08:32 AM
OverDrive
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NW MO
Posts: 5,314
The washer idea is genius. I would do it, but when I pull my fuel hose off, the whole metal fitting just comes right out of the petcock along with it.

That looks like a no-vacuum petcock, tho.

The brake switch is very interesting. Not to sound stupid, but it dispenses with the baling wire brake light mechanism attached to the brake pedal. right?

Seems like a damned good mod for $20.



planalp is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 05-08-2013, 08:51 AM
Missed Gear
 
Cabrito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: 415&707
Posts: 1,192
Nice trick with the washer..

Sent from my rotary phone
================================
Track me here -
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...354a61e5f3997a
Michael G in SF | 2018 KTM 1090R Adventure | 02 XR400R (Plated) | 2011 FJ Cruiser Army Green |
------------------------------------------------------------
"If you have the will and not the way, you wont get very far."
Snakeboy66
Cabrito is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 05-08-2013, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,387
Garage
Yes, the baling wire spring gets set aside. This switch is all in the rear brake cylinder.

T

Tom [email protected]

“I lit a cigarette and dragged a smoking stand beside the chair. The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.
Tom Schmitz is online now  
post #9 of 12 Old 05-08-2013, 08:54 AM
OverDrive
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NW MO
Posts: 5,314
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Schmitz View Post
Yes, the baling wire spring gets set aside. This switch is all in the rear brake cylinder.

T
I like that: never knew such a thing existed. I'm due for a brake flush/bleed this coming Winter. I might just go ahead and do this at the same time.



planalp is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 05-08-2013, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,387
Garage
Geez, guys, the washer trick is pretty old.

I'm not taking credit for it; I think Rudolph Diesel came up with it. Or maybe it was Thomas Edison. Or Wile E. Coyote...

T

Tom [email protected]

“I lit a cigarette and dragged a smoking stand beside the chair. The minutes went by on tiptoe, with their fingers to their lips.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.
Tom Schmitz is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brake light switch WVBassFan 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 4 05-20-2012 12:20 PM
front brake light switch byker 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 11 04-03-2011 07:15 PM
Rear Brake Light Switch Sticky bricaud 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 5 04-24-2010 09:30 PM
08 Hydraulic Clutch Kawi_KLR650 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 0 09-10-2008 12:49 PM
Hydraulic Clutch KLRless 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 5 09-08-2007 06:57 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome