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Thread: Looking for some hardware help (neutral sensor removal)

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    Looking for some hardware help (neutral sensor removal)

    All,

    I can't seem to get the neutral sensor out of the engine case (from behind the pulley). The needle-nose plier thing just isn't working (been trying for hours - PB blaster - waiting - tapping - etc.).

    Does anyone here have an already ground-down 5/8 socket for this purpose that I can borrow. I'll gladly pay 2-way shipping....

    I also welcome alternate ideas to getting it out....

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    From the Twin Motorcycles Maintenance articles I’ve seen they remove the belt from the front pulley for more room to work, maybe you can then get a regular socket or spanner onto it?

    https://www.twinmotorcycles.nl/artikelen.asp?cid=20

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    A "crows foot" might do it, or buying a cheap socket to modify yourself would be much faster/cheaper/easier.

    Small needle nosed vise grip style pliers are not expensive either, but get a brand name.

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    I could try....

    I really don't want to have to remove the pulley - all the writeups I'm finding seem horrible...

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    @Cooter - copy....wish I were handier at "modifying" a socket. I really don't know what to do there...

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    Have a look at the last picture in this old thread:
    https://www.buellxb.com/forum/showth...neutral+switch
    That was ground down with a bench grinder & holding the socket with a piece of dowel (it gets hot fast) so nothing exotic.
    The socket was a grubby, rusty thing I picked up at a swap-meet for 50c.
    With the belt off the rear sprocket and moved out of the way the switch can definitely be removed by a trimmed down socket.

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    So finally got it off...

    Took removing the belt and using my socket 'just so' with an extension to get a very small amount of torque on half the sensor. That got it started. Needle-nose pliers took care of the rest.

    I'm still going to replace it once I get a new sensor, but for now I cleaned it really well (and the whole area) and re-installed. Hope it doesn't come loose now too easily.

    I checked continuity by using the 'cap' and grounding it. Wiring seems okay - works as advertised (ground=light on panel).

    Thanks all for the progress thus far.

    Now I have to re-uninstall the entire front fairing and try to get at the cluster (i.e. inside the cluster) to sort the speedometer weirdness (see my other thread). Yay.

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    While the sensor is out, push on the silver ball bearing and shoot contact cleaner in there, lots of oil build up can get in behind it.

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    If my name was T-Bag I would tell you to grind the side of the pulley off and have full access to the switch without grinding and ruining a good socket.

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    If my name was Tbag I'd redesign the bike . And then still bitch about it.



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