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Old 07-18-2010, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rear Brake light switch auto part number



I noticed this week my V-Rod has almost no rear brake, found the master cylinder empty,

the V-Rod forum pointed me to a common problem with a leak at the rear brake light switch,

probably common because it is located very close to some VERY hot exhaust parts.

The good info to share, and apparently it fits "the air-heads" too,

is a more common ACCEL automotive part #181101 $12.06 from Amazon w/ 2 day free shipping.

I'll bet the dealer wants $50 for one, AND DOES NOT HAVE IT IN STOCK!
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this is the one most of the airhead parts places sell.

ACCEL 181101

it is just a 1/8" pipe thread switch, with spade terminals
EDIT: If Dave or Schmidty's can confirm this is a good part for non-V-Rod HD's too,
knowing it is a common part could save somebody some hassle on a road trip.



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Old 07-18-2010, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's a lot of common automotive parts out there that cross with H-D parts . Harley doesn't manufacture all their parts , they source out for common parts . I used to use a lot of John Deere parts on my older Harleys when I worked at the J-D dealership years ago . Electrical and starter parts were common then as were a lot of bearings and seals !
Harley only really manufactures engines , frames , swingarms and a bunch of special brackets etc. for their motorcycles , everything else is sourced out . It's a world market out there now , the entire automotive industry sources out for parts and assemblies for their vehicles !
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Old 07-18-2010, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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HD swithes only last me one year at the most. I replaced it with an Accel, and have been told by others, they last much longer.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Accels do hold up a long time , as do NAPA/Echlin. Don't have the p/n offhand , but if ya take yer old one in , they can match it up.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Stock HD OEM part number: 72023-51C

Fits:

DRESSER
DUO GLIDE
DYNA DEFENDER
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DYNA LOW RIDER
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ROAD GLIDE
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Accel part number: 181101 (Made in America)

Summit Racing pt# ALM-181101

NAPA # SL147SB

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Neihoff # WA627C

Borg-Warner # S551

Excelsior-Henderson # 3199-0058

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OK product interchangeability identification Master,

remind me what the SuperTech oil filter number for my LowRider,

but an even better trick, see if the Champion guy can find one for the V-Rod.

I sort of think I remember the Amsoil guy over on the V-Rod forum remarked once

that it was the only filter they listed with no other uses.

V-Rod filter also seems odd that it is for sure NOT a metric thread.


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Dave , is that number for flag terminal or screw?
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Dave , is that number for flag terminal or screw?
Flag.......
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I didnt notice this thread until today. Many months ago my riding buddies told me my rear brake light was flickering. A couple of days later it wouldnt come on at all and I performed a simple electrical test on the rear brake switch. It was bad. Believe it or not my local dealer had it in stock for $20. I guess him having it in stock was a clue that this is a widespread issue. I was also told that it is very rare for this switch to go bad.....
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I didnt notice this thread until today. Many months ago my riding buddies told me my rear brake light was flickering. A couple of days later it wouldnt come on at all and I performed a simple electrical test on the rear brake switch. It was bad. Believe it or not my local dealer had it in stock for $20. I guess him having it in stock was a clue that this is a widespread issue. I was also told that it is very rare for this switch to go bad.....

The last 2 switches in my bike, went within one year of each other. Both from HD.

That switch NOT failing is about as rare as me drinking beer......
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