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cc: Re: Headlight high/low beam switch repairable?

On Friday, September 05, 1997  4:01 p, CONNER @ UNIX (Dave Conner) 
{conner@grinten.cfm.ohio-state.edu} wrote:
>Date: 5-Sep-97 16:01:35 -0500
>From: CONNER @ UNIX (Dave Conner) {conner@grinten.cfm.ohio-state.edu}
>To: QUATTRO @ UNIX {quattro@coimbra.ans.net}
>Subject: Re: Headlight high/low beam switch repairable?
>  To: quattro@coimbra.ans.net
>  Cc: de@aztek-eng.com
>  From: Dave Conner <conner@grinten.cfm.ohio-state.edu>
>At 03:28 PM 9/5/97 -0700, DeWitt Harrison wrote:
>>I switched the headlights to bright last night and then couldn't switch
>them back to dim. 
>>Has anyone tried to fix this one? A new switch assembly must cost at least
>eleventy squillion Lire. 
>Common problem.  New switch is about $150 minimum, much more at local
>Dealer.  Linda at Carlsen quoted one at $130 several years ago.  Repair is
>very much a PITA and very tricky.  The problem is a very small piece of
>plastic inside has cracked and this plastic bit is not sold by itself.  The
>switch is riveted together and not intended for disassembly.  You can take
>it apart and then reassemble with screws.  Repeat...very much a PITA.  Used
>switches can sometimes be found, have heard prices quoted ranging from $25
>- $70.  Many in the junkyard are also broken.
>CHEAP FIX...wedge something behind the stalk that will hold it forward.
>Try a piece of very dense foam rubber.  This works best in areas where the
>need for hi-beams is low.  You could always pull out the wedge when high
>beams are needed.
>Dave C.
>David Conner  Columbus, OH 
>'87 5KS,  '89 100E, both w/ Boge TG
>'86 4KCSQ w/Koni's & freeflowin' exhaust...Yeee Haaa! 

ALTERNATIVE FIX - After going through about 3 switch assemblies, using 
foam rubber wedges that quickly wears out I have rewired the assembly so 
low beam is where high beam used to be. I never or rarely use the high 
beam and if I need it I have a rubber wedge ready..

Jens Oxlund

5KCSTQ 86'