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    Cleaning Electrical Contacts

    Hey guys and girls, I'm sorry if I'm covering old material but I searched the Airhead forum and the others but came close but not exact to a satisfactory answer.

    I'm putting back together a fairly well maintained '84R80 RT after changing steering head bearings but I want to finish it up right.

    Using the instrument cluster box as an example, I'd like to clean the many points on the harness end and the box end but I don't want to do it wrong. I'm sure i'm correct in using "contact cleaner" to clear off debris but what about and contact "lube"? does it need it? Is it better if you do? What type should I use?

    While I'm on the subject, should I clean and re-prep all the relay contacts and the other exposed contacts while the tank is off? Someone said "leave well enough alone" but I'm not sure I agree with that notion. Do all the contacts get treated the same way?

    Thanks in advance,

    M

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    Deoxit

    I used Deoxit with good results on my /7 wring. Ted Porter recommended t.

    http://www.deoxit.com/

    As always, YMMV.
    -jwk-

    1978 R80/7

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    contacts

    Thanks -jwk-

    Do you recommend that I do all the contacts that I can get at with my grubby fingers or leave them?

    M

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    Quote Originally Posted by krehmkej View Post
    I used Deoxit with good results on my /7 wring. Ted Porter recommended t.

    http://www.deoxit.com/

    As always, YMMV.
    That looks like a very cool product line.

    Thanks!

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    I had my harness completely out so did most, if not all of them. Pay particular attention to the starter relay connections (if yours uses it). Corrosion there apparently killed this machine for the P.O. All that said, "working" the contacts when giving them a spritz of Deoxit does wonders. I would do that rather than just spraying the connections in situ.
    -jwk-

    1978 R80/7

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    Deoxit D5 for indoor connections. I service electronic equipment for a living and buy it by the case. There's nothing better; I've tried them all.

    Something like this for outdoor connections. It's dielectric grease and there are several versions. http://store.caig.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1599/.f
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    Timely post. That's exactly what I'm starting on today.
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