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Old 02-22-2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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97 ZR 580 EFI no key switch

I just bought this sled and it doesn't have a key switch...it's not stolen. I have the ownership.

I see a 2 wires with female spade type connectors under the hood that I think would be for the key switch but the are not spliced together in anyway so I'm wondering how the connection is being made. I'm not even sure these are the wires for the switch.

The previous owner had it for 5 years and he said it never had a key switch when he bought it. He just turns it on and off by the kill switch.

I checked the parts diagram and the wire harness doesn't show any wires going to the switch.

Can someone tell me how many wires go to the key switch and what colour they are?

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If my memory serves me I think the key switch wires are brown and purple.

The 97 580 had one of the first "open" ignition systems. That means that when the switch is on, its the same as there being no switch at all. Only by closing the circuit does it shut the engine off. That's why your sled runs with it disconnected.
(Exactly the opposite of what you'd normally think I know.)
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It does have the round kill switch which I've read means it's open. I'm just worried that if I have problems with the TSS and need to bypass it I'll have no way of turning the sled on and off.

So because it's open it's essentially always on until you add a switch that give the ability to turn it off. Is that correct? Sure makes hotwiring easy. :-)

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Yep, my only hope is that a thief thinks that pretty new F1000 is a more attractive target than my 10 year old sled. lol

You can probably find a key switch on ebay or from one of the many sleds being parted out on this site for next to nothing because you are right, no key plus TSS disabled and there's no way to shut the sled off. I'm pretty sure you could use the keyswitch from any ZR/ZL from 97- up. (I think the only 97 sled with open igniotion was the 580 though so make sure.)

And just a public service announcement from a guy who's been hit by an unoccupied sled- installing a tether is a REALLY good idea while you're at it.
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Okay thanks.

15 yr old sleds aren't what are being targeted by thiefs around here. I seems to be the 2005+ ones that go missing most often.

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I picked up a used key at the local salvage yard yesterday. It's just a generic key, not AC specific. It works in that it will switch the ignition on and off but it's opposite of what it should be. When the key is in the off position (so key can be removed) is when the sled will start. When it's in the on position (key can't be removed) it won't start. I tried switching the wires on the terminals and it didn't make any difference. Is there a special kind of switch required because it's an "open" ignition?

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most 97 and newer will do what you want. Older I believe are closed ignition and newer are open. I could have this backward, but the newer switch will do what you want. Go a 98 or newer just to be sure.
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