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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-23-2009, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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How to PROPERLY wire in the Pro Armor tether switch?

I did a lot of reading on here and KFXcentral and found some very unpleasant information about people who have done this wrong........ melted coils, burn up stators, blown main fuses........... I also found people that said they installed it with no issues, but nobody noted exactly how they did it.

Let's not turn this into another discussion about pingle switches because I'm not buying one. There is a way to make the Pro Armor switch work correctly, and that's what this thread needs to be about.

My idea is to simply interrupt one of the wires that comes from the factory on/off switch on the handlebar (not the key). I don't want to ground or short out anything, I just want to interrupt that circuit in the exact same way the factory on/off switch does.

So according to the wiring diagram I have, the wires are BRN and YEL/RED. I've confirmed they are there. I even took apart the switch to verify, and indeed the YEL/RED wire is used for this.

So my question is WHICH WIRE TO I INTERRUPT WITH THE KILL SWITCH? Which one is ground and which one is power?

Any help is appreciated!

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I used the yellow red on my Gunnar NC kill switch

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Your problem is that the pro armor killswitch is a normally open switch. this means when the tether cord is in there is no flow of electricity through the switch. The stock switch is normally closed. Which means when switch is in the on position electricity flows through the switch and to kill the quad you need to break the flow of electricity. That is why the pingel is the best switch to use because you install it in a direct replacement of the stock switch. With normally open switches(proarmor, prodesign) you have to install them to ground the coil and if you leave the quad on with the teather grounding the coil it will burn out the coil.

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pro armor makes an install kit for the switch for the kfx for around $20 I didnt feel like messing with it so I used a gunnar kill.
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I used the yellow red on my Gunnar NC kill switch
And did what with it?
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what he did with his wont work with yours since his is n/c(normally closed) yours in n/o(normally open)

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I just used a standard Bosch style SPDT relay to work as a NC switch that was triggered by my Pro Armor NO kill switch. If I ever remember to bring a camera, I will pull my hood off and show how it is wired.
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I'm tired of worrying about figuring this out. My cost on the Pro Armor install kit is under $20. I've already lost that in the time I've invested researching this. I just ordered the kit. I can post up the details of it when I get it and maybe help some other people out.
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Pro Armor tether switch install kit showed up today. Nicer than I thought. In the past, from other companies, I've received a bunch of wire, a few electrical terminals, and some quick-splice taps. :rolling eyes:

This is much better than that. OEM connectors and no wiring harness cutting required. I'm not going to do Pro Armor the injustice of publishing the install instructions so people can copy it. For $20, this is money well spent IMO.

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