Scooter Hacks: How To Bypass Your Scooter’s Ignition Switch

By | November 25, 2022

How to Bypass Your Scooter’s Ignition Switch One of the biggest problems with owning an electric scooter is that you can’t start it without the ignition key and the key has to be in contact with the ignition switch in order to turn on your scooter. If you want to bypass this restriction, there are plenty of ways to do it!

If you’re going to be riding around on an electric scooter, you may want to use it on streets where the speed limit exceeds your scooter’s top speed. In order to make sure you won’t get pulled over, there are ways to trick your scooter into thinking it’s been parked by the curb, even if you’re traveling at full speed down the street.

Here’s how to bypass your scooter’s ignition switch so that you can enjoy riding as fast as possible.

Why You Would Want to Do This

The ignition switch is an integral part of your electric scooter. It controls the flow of electricity to your motor and without it, you’re unable to ride. Fortunately, there are ways to bypass it if you need to get around!

For most e-scooters and electric mopeds, there are two primary reasons why you would want to bypass your ignition switch. First, if you don’t have an onboard battery or a way to charge it, you’ll need another way to start your scooter besides using a traditional key. Second, if you’re dealing with a wonky ignition switch (whether due to wear and tear or some other reason), then bypassing it may be simpler than trying to fix it.

What You’ll Need

  • 3 wire ignition switch bypass
  • 3 feet long, 12 gauge wire (you could use a thinner wire if you wanted)
  • 2 butt connectors
  • Electrical tape
  • Flat head screwdriver (can substitute with a Philips head screwdriver)

How to Bypass Your Scooter’s Ignition Switch – The Steps

To bypass the ignition switch on your scooter, you’ll need to get some wire and a 3-wire ignition switch. First, disconnect your battery by unplugging the red and black wires. Next, cut off the two wires on the original 3-wire ignition switch (usually green and orange) that were not being used and strip off about an inch of insulation from each end.

Connect one end of one of the stripped wires to the ON terminal on your new 3-wire ignition switch. Connect one end of the other stripped wire to a grounding point under your seat or in another location where it’s safe to ground out with metal. Then connect the other end of this wire to the OFF terminal on your new 3-wire ignition switch.

Finally, reconnect your red and black battery wires to their proper terminals so that power is back up! Now start your scooter as usual without having to worry about turning on or off the key every time!

What To Do If It Still Doesn’t Work

How To Bypass Your Scooter’s Ignition Switch

If your scooter still doesn’t work after bypassing the ignition switch, you may need to replace the ignition switch. Here are instructions on how to do that:

1) Disconnect the battery from its terminals and wait a few minutes before proceeding with the rest of this process.

2) Unscrew and remove the plastic casing that houses the ignition switch. You’ll see three wires- one green wire, one red wire, and one black wire.

3) Label which wire goes where using a pen or marker- green goes on top of green, red goes on top of black, black goes on top of red.

4) Carefully splice together each wire’s end with another length of wire- don’t forget which color belongs where!

5) Place all three loose ends inside the electric motor housing so they’re not exposed to outside elements like water.

6) Take electrical tape and wrap it around the area where you’ve just been working- it will prevent any loose wiring or exposed wires from causing a short circuit while also shielding them from moisture in the air.

7) Put back the plastic cover over your new bypassed ignition switch and screw it back into place tightly.

8) Reconnect your scooter’s battery, turn on power if necessary by turning the key in either direction, and enjoy riding again!


When your ignition switch goes bad

When your scooter’s ignition switch goes bad it can be a hassle. The first step is to bypass the ignition switch so that you can start the scooter again. There are two different ways to do this, one with a 3-wire ignition switch and one without.

Can you bypass a ignition switch

You can bypass an ignition switch by cutting off the power at the battery and using a 3 wire ignition switch bypass. This might be a good option for those who don’t have time for repairs, but it is not recommended for beginners as it can be dangerous.

Bypass scooter kill switch

You don’t need to be a mechanic, or even own a scooter, in order to bypass the ignition switch. This can be done in 3 ways and they are as follows:

1. The traditional way of pushing your scooter or motorcycle over onto its side, removing the wheel and then pulling out the ignition switch from under the seat.

2. If you want to bypass the ignition switch wirelessly you will need a 3 wire ignition switch bypass which is plugged into any car with an auto stop-start system.

3. You can also bypass your scooter or motorcycle’s ignition switch by installing an electronic actuator module which you plug into any car with an auto stop-start system and it will disable the kill switch wires on your bike when you start up the engine.


The best way to bypass the ignition switch on your scooter is by using a 3 wire ignition switch bypass that can be found for less than $2. This will require a small amount of electrical knowledge and soldering skills, but these are skills that most people who are interested in tinkering with their electric scooters already possess.

All you need is a Philips head screwdriver and a pair of pliers. The 3 wire ignition switch bypass will allow you to keep all the parts needed for an automatic start intact while still allowing you the freedom of leaving your scooter unattended without having to worry about it running out of battery or being stolen.

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