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This is a discussion on Wiring a brake switch to the front brake within the Technical forums, part of the Caferacer.net Forums category; I realized the other day that I cannot possibly use the stock mounting location for the electric brake switch in conjunction with my rearsets. Krapfever ...

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    Wiring a brake switch to the front brake

    I realized the other day that I cannot possibly use the stock mounting location for the electric brake switch in conjunction with my rearsets.
    Krapfever pointed out that a lot of guys wire it to the front brake. Which makes more sense because you're using that brake more often anyhow... So, anyone care to go into further detail as to how this is achieved? (Oh yeah, this is a cl350 with drum brake).
    I thought maybe I could mount the switch to the fork ear like it is in the photo below, and then run a wire/spring to the brake lever?
    As always thanks for any insight...

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    The older front drum brakes usually had a brake light switch built in to the brake cable. Some mid 70's bikes had a brake light switch built into the perch.

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    The older front drum brakes usually had a brake light switch built in to the brake cable. Some mid 70's bikes had a brake light switch built into the perch.

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    Fishhead Big Brakes
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    Should be pretty easy to fab up a bracket and use rear switch at rear as normal.
    Take a look at left side of old BSA/Triumph/Norton/Royal Enfield/et.al
    Switch mounted to frame/swing arm, small clamp on brake rod, spring between the two. You could also use a micro switch on fork leg/brake plate/torque arm operated off cable or lever

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    Should be pretty easy to fab up a bracket and use rear switch at rear as normal.
    Take a look at left side of old BSA/Triumph/Norton/Royal Enfield/et.al
    Switch mounted to frame/swing arm, small clamp on brake rod, spring between the two. You could also use a micro switch on fork leg/brake plate/torque arm operated off cable or lever

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    I was hoping to avoid fabbing any sort of bracket on the frame, mainly because I can't weld. No equipment, no experience. I'll research the schematics of other models to see how they did it on the front brake, and try to copy that...
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    I was hoping to avoid fabbing any sort of bracket on the frame, mainly because I can't weld. No equipment, no experience. I'll research the schematics of other models to see how they did it on the front brake, and try to copy that...
    \"Hey, McCloud! Get off of my ewe!\"

    Trevor,
    \'72 Honda cl350 (sold)

    \'80 gs450E, the \"spooky \'Zuki\"

    \'04 Kawasaki Ninja 500

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    No welding needed, strictly bolt on

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    No welding needed, strictly bolt on

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    Trevor,

    For both of my small Honda's I've simply bought an Emgo universal lever perch (they have the specific type I'm referring to at the Paddy) and a perch-mounted brake switch. Absolute minimum fab needed.


    I'll catch up w/you Monday night.

    Eric

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