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  • Changing an ignition switch on a 1988 Force 125

    I just bought a 1988 Bayliner and I am new to boating. The ignition switch was rotating in the dash everytime you turn the key and in an attempt to tighten it, the plastic threaded column snapped. With a little electrical tape I am holding it in place. So I ordered a new ignition switch. My question is how easy or difficult is it to swap in the new one?I am somewhat competent with wiring, although I did short out the tow harness on my Xterra twice trying to test the nonworking lights on my trailer but I would rather never speak of that again.Just wanted to see if this is an easy task or if I should get a pro to do it?

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    Re: Changing an ignition switch on a 1988 Force 125

    Well my experience was not good. Wiring up the switch, easy just some small screws on the back side of the swtich. Wiring it up correctly, hard without a manual. My engine was a 1967 and I miswired a few lines and blew out my coil, points, and condensor. So $100 later hopefully I am all set again.Moral of the story, make sure you re-wire correctly!

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      Re: Changing an ignition switch on a 1988 Force 125

      That's not good.I am going to take some digital pictures before I take off the old one and print them out for when I install the new one. I guess I will find out more about it when I pick the part up today.

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        Re: Changing an ignition switch on a 1988 Force 125

        Good idea, basically what I did was switch two wires, one for the magneto, one for the tach, the instructions weren't the clearest. By doing that apparently I overheated the system and burned up some wires / electrics.

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          Re: Changing an ignition switch on a 1988 Force 125

          There is a lot of wires on that switch..color code and label everyone before removing

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            Re: Changing an ignition switch on a 1988 Force 125

            Originally posted by Robby6950: There is a lot of wires on that switch..color code and label everyone before removing
            I noticed that. I looked quickley, do I have to solder the wires on or do they pull off?

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            • #7
              Did you solve this? I am having trouble wiring mine. Please help

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              • #8
                Did you know you are responding to a 14 yr old post? Obtain a wiring diagram for your boat, it will have all the info you need, start a new post

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                  Originally posted by 1987bayliner_1986force125 View Post
                  Did you solve this? I am having trouble wiring mine. Please help
                  Start a new post. Changing out the switch isn't hard. Post a photo of the new switch you have ordered.
                  1978 Chrysler 85 HP, 1987 Force 85HP, 1990 Force 50 HP, 1981 Chrysler 9.9 electric start, 1966 Chrysler 9.2 and one step child 1950 Evinrude 7.5. I hoard em and they all run great.

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