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PostSubject: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 26 Jul 2019, 16:47

After a couple of no starts due to a flat battery I took out the trunk bulb and all is well. Can anyone tell me the location of the switch so I can check it? Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 26 Jul 2019, 17:27

Just leave bulb out---get flashlite if necessary. Worked for me for over 90,000 miles.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 26 Jul 2019, 18:03

Others like me have replaced the light fixture with the ones come in the Honda car trunk light. The mount and electrical connectors are the same. It comes with an on/off switch. Costs about $30 depending where you live.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 26 Jul 2019, 18:55

The actual switch is part of one of the two seat latch mechanisms. Best to follow Mr Grinsel's advise.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 26 Jul 2019, 22:52

Lose the Bulb and carry a Torch in there, no probs after that Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeSat 27 Jul 2019, 05:42

Thanks to you all for the advice Torch it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeSat 27 Jul 2019, 17:10

There are people who like to add junk(electronic) to the SilverWing----they probably do not ride much or go distant places---remember the bike has no kick starter/ability to be bump started. Less strain on battery always better----nice to have the thing start on cold morning in Canada or AK. I rode mine.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeSat 27 Jul 2019, 19:09

"There are people who like to add junk(electronic) to the SilverWing----they probably do not ride much"

One has nothing to do with the other.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeSat 27 Jul 2019, 21:37

Yes it does----keeping the electric original helps keep starting reliable, when you are in the strangest places-----and hate walking. try a long trip sometime.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeSat 27 Jul 2019, 21:44

Long trips keep the battery fully charged.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeSun 28 Jul 2019, 07:04

Why argue about this old chestnut again, it's been well documented on here and other maxi scooter forums that an under seat/trunk light without a switch can and will flatten the battery if the seat isn't closed properly.

The Silver Wing's under seat light has always been useless as it's located right at the rear, it's spread of light is poor, and any large items stored near it will effectively block out the light.

In reality how often does anyone poke around under the seat in darkness looking for stuff. It's already been mentioned in similar topics over the years that removing the bulb and keeping a cheap torch or LED light under the seat is much more useful for this and other uses.

Even if you don't carry an alternative light source under the seat, just about everyone has a mobile/cell phone on them which has a Flashlight function in the Control Centre.

It's an altogether brighter LED light than that weedy bulb under the seat too. Go to any rock or pop concert these days and fans are waving their phones about, just like they used to do with cigarette lighters back in the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeSun 28 Jul 2019, 09:49

Say's it all, Take bulb out & use a torch or the mobile Flash. Simples
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeWed 08 Apr 2020, 17:48

I’ve had trouble with other scooters, with under seat lights, particularly a burgman 400 which I fixed the non working
Light, then it flattened the bloody battery, so I unfixed it again, end of problem.
My silverwing light doesn’t work, so it’s going to stay that way, a cheap torch, or as meldrew says, use your phone,
Will be a better light anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeThu 09 Apr 2020, 05:49

I did like everybody is saying and threw the bulb away just after I bought my 08 SWing. I have a small LED flashlight/torch under the seat and use that.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeThu 09 Apr 2020, 07:01

There's no need to remove or throw the bulb away, just cover it with bubble wrap or similar so that the contacts are covered and it doesn't illuminate with the seat raised, and push it back into place.

That's the flat battery problem solved for you, and whenever you sell the Silver Wing you know as soon as you remove the wrap and put the bulb back in you have a trunk light that works again.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeThu 09 Apr 2020, 12:30

Did anybody ever get to the bottom of this issue, i.e. where the fault lies? and is there a fix?
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeThu 09 Apr 2020, 18:53

I think the 'fault', if that's what it is, lies almost completely with the rider who fails to shut the seat properly.
I know mine is quite tight so I have to be careful; the seat, that is. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeThu 09 Apr 2020, 19:07

MikeO, are you saying that yours works OK without running the battery flat?
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeThu 09 Apr 2020, 19:27

No, because the bulb had already been removed by the previous owner.
In fact, I've removed the bulb myself in all the other maxiscooters I've owned.
I became aware soon after I bought 'The Crowman' that, sometimes when I was riding, the seat came unlatched.
I guess it could be adjusted but it's not worth the hassle. So far, I've remembered to check when I leave the bike.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 05 Jun 2020, 00:44

Dale N. wrote:
I did like everybody is saying and threw the bulb away just after I bought my 08 SWing. I have a small LED flashlight/torch under the seat and use that.

So....how exactly does one remove the bulb? Any trick to it?

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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 05 Jun 2020, 01:22

Nothing fancy. Pry the lens cover off and remove bulb. Don't short anything across bulb terminals and all good.

Welcome from the other side of the state. Allentown. I was out your way last fall Somerset and up to Erie after that. Took a quick tour of Flight 93 Memorial. Rt 30 is nice east of there closer to Pittsburg becomes suburbia with traffic and malls.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 05 Jun 2020, 12:55

Meldrew wrote:
There's no need to remove or throw the bulb away, just cover it with bubble wrap or similar so that the contacts are covered and it doesn't illuminate with the seat raised, and push it back into place.

That's the flat battery problem solved for you, and whenever you sell the Silver Wing you know as soon as you remove the wrap and put the bulb back in you have a trunk light that works again.

Like Meldrew I was concerned about taking out the bulb cause I knew that if needed I would NEVER be able to find it. LOL I sprang for a new Honda/Acura part with a switch. Easy install and looks and works fine:

https://www.hondapartsnow.com/genuine/honda~light~assy~34260-SH3-004.html

That said the light is not great and I have only used it a couple of times since 2012 and I do carry a small flashlight/torch also.

The main thing is to make sure it (light) doesn't run down your battery.
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PostSubject: Re: Trunk light switch.   Trunk light switch. I_icon_minitimeFri 05 Jun 2020, 17:29

Will do....thanks
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