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Old 08-13-2013, 10:24 AM   #1
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DR650 broken starter button

I went to start up my bike today and the starter button was broken. It was pushed in but free enough that I could wiggle it. I suspect someone in tue family was playing with it and broke it.

How hard and expensive is this to replace? Something I can fix myself? What parts do I need? Thanks for the help
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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I went to start up my bike today and the starter button was broken. It was pushed in but free enough that I could wiggle it. I suspect someone in tue family was playing with it and broke it.

How hard and expensive is this to replace? Something I can fix myself? What parts do I need? Thanks for the help

If it is already broken I say tear into it. Can't make it worse.. Might be something as simple as the contact slid out of place. And if you do tear it up more....ebay is two clicks down...
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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Looks like about $77 for a new one from Ronayers. Part # 37200-32E30


**double check that part # before you order...I just did a quick search...
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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I recall seeing an aftermarket one recently for about $15. It's a ridiculously simple swap. Unscrew old switch - detach plug.

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Old 08-13-2013, 12:33 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help guys. I'm having trouble finding the part. No local places have it. And google isn't helping much. Is the technical term "starter switch assembly"? I only found that on ronayers as mentioned above, but theres not a picture so I can't verify it. I can't find one anywhere else.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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I tore it apart to try and fix it and that didn't work. I did learn though that the wires are soldered in so it won't be as easy of a fix as originally thought.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:11 PM   #7
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I can come by and solder in a new momentary push-button from Radio Shack. They're just a few bucks, if you have the push-button style and not the push-lever style.

Actually, I have a push-button you can have, IIRC. I never used it, because I found a used switchgear on Ebay for $12. It would just need to be installed in place of the original button.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:14 PM   #8
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I knocked mine over and busted mine off on my old DR. I simply replaced it with one from a local motorcycle junk yard. Low mileage bike looked new.

However, I was on my vacation week off, at a families cabin when it happened.

If you pull it apart, you can jump the 2 connections out with something to start it. I used the tip of my leatherman to jump it out all week till I could track one down at home.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:22 PM   #9
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Mine is the lever kind, the black lever on the right side under the red kill switch. I tried arcing the wires with a screwdriver and it didn't work.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:02 PM   #10
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#1 in this fiche: http://www.mrcycles.com/fiche_sectio...7#.Ugri80QXT2I

not sure what year dr you have...
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:35 PM   #11
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I ordered the part online because the lever part is definitely broken. But I tried arcing the wires again with a steel knife this time and there was no spark. Does this mean there's possibly another problem? I know the battery is good and I put it on a battery charger just to make sure it was at full power.
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I ordered the part online because the lever part is definitely broken. But I tried arcing the wires again with a steel knife this time and there was no spark. Does this mean there's possibly another problem? I know the battery is good and I put it on a battery charger just to make sure it was at full power.
Was your clutch lever pulled in and was your tranny in neutral?

I arced mine with my Leatherman too, to ride it home, just like that other poster.

Were you able to find a complete right-side DR650SE switchgear, or just the lever? Ebay/used or new? I ended up using switchgear from a '99 DR650SE on my '03. The older '99 had a push-button, but the rest of the switchgear was identical.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:20 AM   #13
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I used the pliers tip of my leatherman, slightly opened. It's pretty hard making the connection with something flat across like a knife or screwdriver. You need to make a connection between the raised center, and the brass outer ring. Something forked would work better. Old kitchen fork, pair of tweezers, etc.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:00 AM   #14
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Thanks for the help guys. I fiddled with it some more and I got it to start using pliers. I'm not sure what I did differently but it worked. Now I just have to replace the broken button when it comes in.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:44 PM   #15
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For anyone else's future reference. The part comes with the wires soldered on. The connection is simply plug in and they connect behind the headlight. It's a super simple fix only requiring a screw driver to remove 5 screws in total.

Although no one confessed to breaking it. When I got the new one the inside had parts that were missing from mine. So they broke it picked up the parts that fell out and got rid of them.
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