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Old 09-23-2012, 01:43 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by rich250rracer View Post
As a few other guys have said, removing the ignition switch will not harm anything, nothing will melt as someone has stated, there isn't even the most remote possibility of this happening. This switch does nothing more then take the coil to ground, which kills the engine, it works in conjuction with the handlebar kill switch. Just unplugging it should eliminate it all together, no need to splice the wires, and no more need for a key. When I was replacing the wire harness on my 86 250R, I purchased the 87 harness so I would have the wire ends for the key switch to plug into (86 models didn't have a key), and I use these ends to hook up my tether kill switch. You can put a tether in place of the switch if you want, because that key isn't much of a theft deterent.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have a similar problem with my 86 fourtrax trx350, but my issue is when removing the corrosion from the contacts inside the switch (again), the outer switch housing discombobulated and is not going to go back together.

Ont he trx350 it shows that off 2 wires get shorted (the engine kill) and when on the other 4 get shorted (in pairs). My wife needs to still be able to use the electric start to get it going so I was thinking of installing 2 switches to short those wires. Unless someone can give me a better idea of if both sets need to be shorted, or if I can get away with just one pair? And would it work to just de-solder the wires from the back of the switch and then put them on the newly installed switches? Or would I need to go down to where the ignition switch connections are in the fender?

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:02 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Geeezzzz, spend a little money and replace the ignition or get the numbers and have keys made.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I would not be worried with getting your key replaced as far as safety is concerned. my biggest safety concern would be that you said your letting your 15 and 16 year old daughters ride your 87 them a favor and by a breeze
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