Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
My guess is that the price difference is for the different options that may be in the switchgear (ASC, ESA, etc.) The ASC switch is pretty big, and sits next to the actual switchgear part...so I'm probably wrong? Or maybe it comes as a set?
Anyway, it's not "hard" to replace it as much as it's a long process. You have to open up the bike (the left side at the very least) and cut a bunch of zip-ties as you follow it along it's path. So before you start, make sure you have a good supply of small, good quality zip-ties to replace them with.
There are several screws of different sizes that hold the switchgear together and on the bars. Pay attention to which one went where to make installing the new gear easier. I use a piece of 2" wide masking tape and lay the screws on it in close to their original position and orientation in relation to each other, sort of like a physical diagram. And they're stuck to the tape, so I don't lose them either. Then later, I try to get as much dog hair off the screws as possible before reusing them, but I always leave just a little, maybe 6 or 7 hairs each, to act as loctite.
Ok, that last part is a lie. There's never more than 1 or 2 hairs left on a screw.
Which is way, way better than the rest of the house, lemme tell ya.