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well several months in the elements obviously not good.

having a friend take a look at it... maybe also not good (although he is a mechanic)

anyhow. after sitting she wouldnt start. good batt, turn the key, press the go switch and just a click in the starter solenoid (little round brass colored thing about the size of a film canister - in case its not the solenoid. ;))

i could hot jump her (black cable to ground and red to starter) and she'd turn over. wouldnt start, but would turn over.

i had no spark. so after much reading here, i remove all the contacts, clean them and reattach. hot jump her and wala! spark. so i head onto the next. seems to be getting fuel but wont start. added some sea foam to the gas (worked on my sv650) and nothing. tried starter fluid and bam! backfire and the air filters catch fire.

no big deal, needed new ones anyhow. =/ . so now i try again and we've lost spark once again.

any ideas? there are 2 wires from the harness that arent plugged into anything - a white with blue stripes and a yellow with black stripes. i canna see where they would go (they both end in the female 2 prong circular connectors)

oh. and now the headlight is out. geez. i did make a new seat though. ;)
 

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Are they back by your igniter box? If so, I think those are just "extras" for any accessories you may add (not a good idea on these bikes, though - charging system is delicate).

See my post to the thread of the other person whose bike wouldn't start (you'd posted in with the same problem). There's just a few other things you might want to check that I listed.
 

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thanks man! got it goin just now. running pretty well for it having sat so long. :)

the wires im talkin about are behind the batt box on the right side (if you're sittin on the bike)

turns out the reason i lost spark.... ahem... when she caught fire i hit the engine stop button... and forgot to turn it back on. ;)

anyhow, running fine now but i still need to "hot wire" the starter. am i correct in assuming the starter solenoid (the brass film canister that connects to the positive cable on the batt) needs to be replaced? it just clicks when i hit the go button. i cleaned both contacts well. perhaps i need to clean the starter side as well.

plus, a new issue. the light, VERY dim. when i rev the engine... it becomes REALLLY dim. as in its losing power for some reason.

thanks man!
 

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they all were removed and cleaned today (file/wire brush and contact cleaner)

something else to try?
 

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Those are indeed the spares, so you should be fine. You do need to replace the solenoid if you burned it out. I may have an extra good one - as in, "I have an extra one, that may be good - need to test it" versus "I have one that's extra-specially-good!" I can test it when I get home this evening - I'll PM you.
 

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ordered a new starter solenoid yesterday, hopefully it'll be here this sat.

onto the other problem:

any idea why the headlight dims when i rev the engine?

also, what is that heatsync lookin thing under the batt compartment? looks like mine got hit with a notsohealthy dose of battery acid in its past life and the plastic connection is a bit worse for wear. cracking to be specific.
 

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ordered a new starter solenoid yesterday, hopefully it'll be here this sat.

onto the other problem:

any idea why the headlight dims when i rev the engine?

also, what is that heatsync lookin thing under the batt compartment? looks like mine got hit with a notsohealthy dose of battery acid in its past life and the plastic connection is a bit worse for wear. cracking to be specific.
That is your R/R ...or voltage regulator...likely the reason your headlights dim ..You need to replace it before it damages your stator.....

KM
 

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Ditto..... That is your R/R your best bet is to pull the wires on it and clean them to make sure that they are doing what they should be doing.. Then after the clean and reconnect test your voltage output at the battery. If it does not come up to spec then also check stator output. One or both may need some attention.

Note: I would not run it long until you check them out... if it is only the R/R and you run it long enough you might take out your stator and that is an engine pull!
 

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engine pull? ewww.

how do i know if the R/R is bad?

the batt is brand new. so what should i be testing and whats the reading i should be getting?
 

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Both the Kawasaki Repar manual and the Clymer's have troubleshooting steps for the R/R as well as the stator. If you don't have a manual yet, I'd recommend ording one as it will save you time and give you some of the answers you need.
In the mean time, check out this link. http://www.electrosport.com/Images/instr.diode.test1.pdf
It's a good diagnostic test of the diodes in the R/|R.
 

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thanks bud!

ive been lookin locally for the clymers w/no luck.

is there a best place online to order from? anyplace that perhaps supports this site? :)
 

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thanks.

and thanks for the link! only prob is my fluke doesnt have a diode testing mode. what are you checking for? resistance?

i tested all the contacts against eachother after some post i found on the subject (an excerpt from the kawa manual) anyhow, when on ohms i get the same OL reading for EVERYTHING. touch the contacts of the multimeter together and i get the OL and a beep, but i get no resistance reading for any of the combinations of contacts on the R/R.

granted, im a self proclaimed electrical retard so maybe im missing something.
 

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Just use the ohm meter function. You should get a resistance reading one way and infinity the other if the diode is working properly.
 

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if you are crafty and can solder then you can fix what you have for only a couple bucks IF your problem is indeed a bum diode. something to consider...
 

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ok, so lets assume i cant resolder anything worth a damn. ;)

should i go OEM or Aftermarket R/R?

looks like right now i need:

R/R
Clymers Manual
Air Filters

is there a good place to get all 3?

thanks!
 
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