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99 sportster odometer is on and blinkers but headlight is off…

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99 sportster odometer is on...
99 sportster odometer is on and blinkers but headlight is off and bike wont start.its been running fine and I checked fuses.can u help?
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It sounds like your ignition switch has gone bad. It is quite common on your era Sportster. If you have a volt meter you can trace the wires and test for voltage to verify.
There are two circuits inside the switch. One powers what you see working and the other, main, circuit powers everything else.
The switch is available from HD as well as from several aftermarket companies. It is about $30.
I hope this helps. Thanks, P.J.
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