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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
My '02 model already has the headlight setup like that. It doesn't come on until the engine starts. If the engine starts and dies, you need to turn the ignition off and back on again to reset it. This appears to be an afterthought solution for problem that should not have existed in the first place.
I have never messed with the pickup coils, and don't plan to. I've noticed most people get very little improvement from this. I believe the problem lies with the weak starting system rather than anything wrong with the engine or carbs, though I don't know how this causes such a difference between cold starting and hot starting.
Whether cold or hot, I feel the engine turns over too slowly, probably not fast enough to get a good spark. Part of that problem may be in the starter itself. I took mine off, took it apart, and used a whole can of contact cleaner to clean it out. It was filthy. Tons of black dust. I did not replace the brushes, though I probably should have. That made a very noticeable improvement in how fast the engine turned over. Hooking up jumper cables from a car battery also makes a noticeable difference.
So with a clean starter and a car battery, it seems to fire right up, which would seem to confirm my original feeling about the starting system. I think it needs a bigger battery and a stronger starter. New properly gapped plugs may help as well, though I got the expensive irridium plugs everyone recommends, and did not notice a difference.
One more thing I have noticed. If you use the choke (on mine anyway) even when warm, it seems to help starting. I don't know whether this indicates a carb problem or not. I have my pilot screws 3 turns out.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike