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Old 06-21-2010, 08:43 AM   #1
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Question US R100GS and Euro ignition switch?

Last year I purchased a euro-spec ignition switch so I could run just the pilot light in the daytime if I wanted, or at least turn off the headlight at my command as opposed to having it "on" all of the time. But when I went to install it, I could not make sense of the wiring, which way to plug in, etc. I tried a couple of combinations, but nothing seemed to work when I operated the switch. Anyone here put one of these switches in a US spec bike? How did you plug the wiring in?

Anybody? Anybody? Beuhler? Any suggestions and I am all ears!
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:55 AM   #2
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When I had a GS, I bought one, unplugged the US version and plugged the Euro right in...
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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What year is your gs?

88-90 the colours are

red = 30
green = 15
grey =58
White/yellow =56

exactly the same as the us switch. As solo says there shouldn't be any other differences.

1990 on the lights are switched on using the right hand switchgear - the ignition switches are identical.

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Old 06-21-2010, 10:33 AM   #4
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What year is your gs?
It is a 1988 Blue & White. Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:58 AM   #5
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The wirings identical to the US switch so it should be plug and play
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:17 AM   #6
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What year is your gs?

88-90 the colours are

red = 30
green = 15
grey =58
White/yellow =56

exactly the same as the us switch. As solo says there shouldn't be any other differences.

1990 on the lights are switched on using the right hand switchgear - the ignition switches are identical.
Right, that is why I purchased the ignition switch as opposed to the right hand switchgear. Hopefully one night this week I can pull the headlight shell apart (to install my new headlight) and can review why I was confused and report back here.

Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:20 AM   #7
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Right, that is why I purchased the ignition switch as opposed to the right hand switchgear. Hopefully one night this week I can pull the headlight shell apart (to install my new headlight) and can review why I was confused and report back here.

Thanks!
Ahhh... I purchased the headlight swich, and not the Euro ignition. For the GS's I thought the switch gear was the standard for Europe, where the G/S's has a different ignition switch?
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:17 PM   #8
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You've got 5 positions on the European ignition switch and it's a real PITA to switch postions while in motion. Much easier to just get the European handle bar switch.

Europeans allow for side lights for parking, no front lights but fog lights, etc. Droive me nuts whenever I drive a car over there. And the Euro ignition switch does the same thing for the bike...way overkill for the States.

Actually on yours, keep the same US ignition switch and swap the green and gray wires..does the same thing.
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