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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Solution: Hard Starting

So my bike had issues starting unless either the clutch was pulled in, or kickstand was up. I saw some threads here about the neutral switch and thought I'd give it a shot replacing. It was a super quick install (less than 10min) and fixed my issues!
Pics are of the old one so you can see how worn it was.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 11:49 PM
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WOW. Not what I expected. Thanks for the photos

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What year bike? I don’t have a manual, did you find a good walkthrough?

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im getting to the point of needing this replacement as well, I'd really appreciate a recommendation if you have a walkthrough or reference that you used
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Sorry for the late reply. My bike is a 14' CB500F, but this part should be the same for the 300 F,R,X as well as the 500 F,R,X. I found a lot of posts, but ultimately just looked at the service diagram to figure out where it was and how to replace. It really is a simple install. Here is a quick write up:
1: Remove the left-side peg/plate cause that gives a little more clearance, and then remove the shift linkage (I used a crayon to mark the position so I could put it back on exact).
2: Right where the linkage attached, there is a round rubber boot, that is the Neutral safety switch. Pull the boot back and remove the nut that holds the wire on. Then remove the switch.
3: Then just reverse the steps to install.

Hardest part was getting the little wire/nut on the new one and getting the boot back on. Total time is like 10min.

I didn't have a pic, but marked up this one that "Nigel-on-Bass" posted here.

The blue is the shift linkage you remove, and the red is the boot covering the Neutral safety switch.
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amazing, thanks so much for the help and pics, iirc the way it reads in the manual sounds like its an internal sensor and you have to take a bunch of stuff apart. This is do-able!
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Yeah, real easy. Just a FYI, when it comes out it will be a lil oily, but not a biggie.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 08:12 PM
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Just swapped mine as well, started right up. Definitely a quick job. Just need an Allen wrench and a socket set. Just dont forget the copper washer from the old switch! Pics for posterity
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So my bike had issues starting unless either the clutch was pulled in, or kickstand was up. I saw some threads here about the neutral switch and thought I'd give it a shot replacing. It was a super quick install (less than 10min) and fixed my issues!
Pics are of the old one so you can see how worn it was.
So, my 2015 CBR500R has a safety feature where it is not supposed to start with the stand down and you are in gear. Just trying to understand -- I'm a little confused as to how changing a part would fix it since it's a feature. Maybe you could phrase the issue differently so I can understand -- in case it would come up for me.

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So, my 2015 CBR500R has a safety feature where it is not supposed to start with the stand down and you are in gear. Just trying to understand -- I'm a little confused as to how changing a part would fix it since it's a feature. Maybe you could phrase the issue differently so I can understand -- in case it would come up for me.

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The safety feature is great to have. The issue is with the fact, that the neutral switch can go bad, and then even if the N light light on the dash, the ecu does not detect that the bike is in neutral - thus won't start.
Changing the switch restores original status, safety feature is working, bike starts without an issue.
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