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OK, I know this sounds like a dumb question, but I'm not that clued up on bike mechanics. I've been out of biking for a couple of years but picked up my 1995 ZX6r at the weekend. Only problem is the brake light doesnt work with the front brake lever. It's not the bulbs (Im not that stupid!) as the lights work with the foot brake. Since I am now skint because I've just bought the bike, I'm too tight to fork out for a Haynes manual....! I'm guessing it's a faulty switch or something but would be grateful of any advice before I start hunting for the fault, it may be a common problem but I will probably spend ages looking for it...!
 

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If the L connectors are on and still nothing, here is what you can do. Use an allen to loosen the reservoir assembly on the bar and rotate it so you can see underneath. There is a small black switch that the wires hook into, use a phillips to back out the screw and it will come right off. When you look at the switch, you'll see a seam in the middle of it, use a knife to pry it apart. This won't damage the switch, I've done it Many times. Once it is open you will see how the contacts work inside, and you can scrape them with a knife or razorblade to restore continuity. This worked on my '95 several times, lasted about 2-3 months each time. I did finally get sick of it and fabricate something with a switch from radio shack that cost two bucks. I know it sounds like a pain, but it's pretty simple, and once you see how rinky-dink the switch is, you likely won't be able to justify paying a sleazy dealer $35 dollars for one either. Good luck, let me know how it turns out.
 

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Cheers Weezy, that was spot on, worked a treat. It turned out it was the plastic switch part, it's usually in when the brake is off, and out (making contact) when the brake is on. Mine was stick in, bit of a clean up and WD40 and it worked a treat.

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