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Quality Key Type Ignition Switch

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by gtrfxr, Apr 10, 2022.

  1. Apr 10, 2022
    gtrfxr

    gtrfxr New Member

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    Replaced it about 18 months ago. Now it’s intermittent and sometimes doesn’t work at all.
    Who makes the best replacement for my 71 CJ-5? Don’t want to replace this every year.
     
  2. Apr 10, 2022
    duffer

    duffer Rodent Power

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  3. Apr 10, 2022
    bigjohn

    bigjohn Member

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    I’ve been battling with the Napa switches on my 75 for awhile. The first one was stellar for over a decade. Now I’ve done 2 in as many years. More so I have to order for 1965 cj5 because their computer shows everything newer having a column ignition.

    I’ll be following this for other suggestions.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2022
    maurywhurt

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    Here’s a link to a current eBay listing for NOS CJ-5 (up to ‘71) ignition switches, complete with original Jeep logo keys.

    Get one - or two - while you can…

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Willys-Jee...p2349624.m46890.l6249&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0
     
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  5. Apr 11, 2022
    Keys5a

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    I’m pretty sure the ‘67 or ‘68-up ignition switches take a modular spade lug plug on the rear of the original Pollak switch. Midwest Military’s switches (Maury’s post #4) take screw-on terminals used on the earlier models.
    Can anyone confirm when the modular plug came into use?
    -Donny
     
  6. Apr 11, 2022
    maurywhurt

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    You may be right about that, Donny - my '67 has the screw-on type.

    Could spade terminal adapters be used on the screw-type switch lugs - like these?:

    https://smile.amazon.com/Quick-Cabl...60898&pd_rd_wg=neq1Y&pd_rd_i=B01MY5JC82&psc=1

    ....or is the modular ignition switch plug a single multi-wire unit, rather than individual female spade connectors?
     
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  7. Apr 11, 2022
    Rick Whitson

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    I always look at Marine stores, Boat equipment is usually better that Auto Parts stores, designed for wet applications.
     
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  8. Apr 22, 2022
    BadGoat

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    If you aren't concerned about originality, your local WestMarine has a nice selection of keyed ignition switches.

    Mike
     
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