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post #1 of 6 Old 11-13-2019, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ignition switch play in Steering Stem Head

Do any of you guys have play in your ignition switch? I'm thinking of taking the Steering head off and putting electrical tape around it, or maybe one of the screws came loose. Anyone else have this happen to them?
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Mine's still solid. I'd expect that a set screw has gone missing, or someone damaged the assembly tampering with it...

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Mine's still solid. I'd expect that a set screw has gone missing, or someone damaged the assembly tampering with it...
Well that is unsettling. I took the stem head off this morning, not expecting the ignition bolts to be filled in and ground down a tiny bit. I assume that is some anti theft thing Kawasaki did at the factory. However, they still seemed seated tightly and not loose, so I'm now assuming the plastic assembly is damaged. The manual says to use a chisel or punch to turn that bolt out.... but I think i'm just going to drill it out and use a torx bit. This might end up being one of my new winter projects that I'll do.
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Probably a good idea to replace the ignition key cylinder..... I'd think when you get that one out, a visit with a locksmith to re-key to match the new assembly to the rest of the locks on the bike would be a good idea. I supposed it would be possible to buy a used cylinder, and have it re-keyed as opposed to buying a new one.

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No play in mine. There is a spring mechanism inside, and it does depress slightly as the key mechanism turns...and YES those are break-off bolts holding it into the triple tree. you will have to drill and/or use an 'easy out' the remove them. If your tool handy it takes a little time, and patience..WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS. THOSE BOLTS ARE NOT FILLED IN. I believe the are a specialized bolt with a tapered head or something....the head or tool end snaps off after the bolt bottoms out when you give it that last turn of so.
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Well that is unsettling. I took the stem head off this morning, not expecting the ignition bolts to be filled in and ground down a tiny bit. I assume that is some anti theft thing Kawasaki did at the factory. However, they still seemed seated tightly and not loose, so I'm now assuming the plastic assembly is damaged. The manual says to use a chisel or punch to turn that bolt out.... but I think i'm just going to drill it out and use a torx bit. This might end up being one of my new winter projects that I'll do.
They are tamper proof bolts, the head breaks off once you tighten them, they also are red loctited in place, so while drilling out to the bolt head gets you easy access to remove the ignition from the top troiple- you then should apply heat and grab the stub with a vice grip to unscrew them instead of trying to drill them out completly

but if the bolts are tight the body of the ignition should also be tight........

Is the base cracked or is it just the internals that are loose inside the body
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