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Old 07-21-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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brake light stuck on (vortex rearsets)

Hello everyone. Tonight a buddy pointed out that my brake light is stuck on. The rear brake is causing it. I know this because I disconnected the wires to the rear brake switch and it turned off. I have vortex rearsets with the vortex brake light switch. The previous owner installed it and I have no idea how it works (pressure switch??).

Any ideas what I need to do to fix this?

Could the switch be bad?
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Should be a pressure switch. Check the linkage.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
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Should be a pressure switch. Check the linkage.
Linkage?

I was thinking about bleeding the rear brake a bit to relieve some pressure. The wiring looks ok...seems pretty straight forward and hard to screw up.
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Linkage?

I was thinking about bleeding the rear brake a bit to relieve some pressure. The wiring looks ok...seems pretty straight forward and hard to screw up.
On my k4 the pressure switch had stripped out from previous owner.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:46 AM   #5
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If you disconnected the switch and the light went out it's almost certain the switch s bad.
If you have a multimeter test across the terminals with the switch remove from the motorcycle.
It should read no continuity with no pressure on it.
The second option which is much less likely is the rear master cylinder is not releasing and keeping pressure on the system.
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If you disconnected the switch and the light went out it's almost certain the switch s bad.
If you have a multimeter test across the terminals with the switch remove from the motorcycle.
It should read no continuity with no pressure on it.
The second option which is much less likely is the rear master cylinder is not releasing and keeping pressure on the system.
I put the bike up on a rear stand and the rear tire spins freely and stops rather abruptly when the rear brake is applied.
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Not adjusted properly. Tighten it and it will bring the switch in closer thus decreasing the space so the switch is not engaged.
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Not adjusted properly. Tighten it and it will bring the switch in closer thus decreasing the space so the switch is not engaged.
You missed that he has Vortex rearsets, hence a hydraulic switch. No adjustment possible.
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Ah. Correct you are!

Yep, listen to Patrick
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Thanks for the replies! I might order a new switch. I actually recently moved to Oklahoma. Sucks because I miss hanging/riding with some of the peeps I met here. The plus side: No inspection!!!!
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It's a bad switch. Mine did the exact same thing. Disconnected the switch and brake light works normal. The switch is cheap so it's no big deal.
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