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post #1 of 10 Old 04-11-2018, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Starter motor or relay?

After a week of hard starts due to a very needed spark plug and filter change I went to start my bike to get to work this morning and no dice. Doesn't seem to be turning over, brand new battery, ytz about a month old.

https://youtu.be/f_rQbJH-fG0

Quick video I made, I noticed that the starter motor is 400$ for this bike so I'm hoping it's the relay, kill switch or loose connection, can anyone tell by the video or will more troubleshooting need done when i get home from work? It's my daily transportation so help would be great.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-11-2018, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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To add, I did change the plugs the other day and started it.

I'm hoping for a simple fix but lately luck hasn't been on my side.
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Had the same exact issue when my starter failed on my gen 4 zx10r.

You can supply direct power to the starter with a pair of jumper cables and a screwdriver to eliminate the harness(relays, switches, etc.) as a culprit. You are gonna have to tear it down pretty far for to get a decent amount of room to work around by the starter. If you feel you are nimble enough you may be able to just remove the coolant line, thermostat housing, etc. and snake the power in there. I am hearing more and more cases of gen 4 starter failures so my money is on the starter, but diagnose before you start replacing.

Depending on what went wrong in the starter there are some places that can rebuild starters for a good deal less then $400, if interested I can send you the shops information.

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Had the same exact issue when my starter failed on my gen 4 zx10r.

You can supply direct power to the starter with a pair of jumper cables and a screwdriver to eliminate the harness(relays, switches, etc.) as a culprit. You are gonna have to tear it down pretty far for to get a decent amount of room to work around by the starter. If you feel you are nimble enough you may be able to just remove the coolant line, thermostat housing, etc. and snake the power in there. I am hearing more and more cases of gen 4 starter failures so my money is on the starter, but diagnose before you start replacing.

Depending on what went wrong in the starter there are some places that can rebuild starters for a good deal less then $400, if interested I can send you the shops information.

Thanks for the reply, I would gladly take the shop info to get a cheaper alternative than buying the part new. I wish I had enough power just to run start it until i can get it fixed but that's not going to be possible.

I'm really hoping for loose connection but I've been unlucky lately. Why does it seem the gen 4 starter is much more expensive than previous generations?
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Thanks for the reply, I would gladly take the shop info to get a cheaper alternative than buying the part new. I wish I had enough power just to run start it until i can get it fixed but that's not going to be possible.

I'm really hoping for loose connection but I've been unlucky lately. Why does it seem the gen 4 starter is much more expensive than previous generations?
Here is the link to the shop : https://ricksmotorsportelectrics.com/index.php

Really informed and helpful staff, give them a call and explain your situation. They are good people.

You can also call around to salvage yards and try and get a good deal. Ebay is another place you might be able to find one for cheap. The starter motor's are the same from 2012 - 2017 so grab one and get her in there.

To repeat, be sure to do some diag before throwing parts at it as that will only add more frustration to the whole situation.

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM or post em up here.


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post #6 of 10 Old 04-11-2018, 07:26 PM
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Most likely the starter, had mine start to die out around 13k miles where it would make a high pitch noise when starting and then eventually wouldn't turn at all. Couldn't find one used so had to pay $375 for a new one
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how many miles on the bike
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how many miles on the bike

38000. I noticed the other day when having someone try to push start me it was acting weird, instead of firing up when I popped the clutch in 2nd the dashboard would shut off.


I'm not good with money so the whole thing is going to have to wait.
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Most likely the starter, had mine start to die out around 13k miles where it would make a high pitch noise when starting and then eventually wouldn't turn at all. Couldn't find one used so had to pay $375 for a new one
Where did you buy yours for 375? I need one.
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