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post #1 of 27 Old 11-18-2008, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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First Gen. Ignition Problems...

My 2005 10-R won't start. Actually, it won't do anything. No lights on the gauge, no fuel pump priming, no nothin'!! At first it was very spuratic, but now it won't do anything. This past weekend I did get it to start, went for a ride, and then went to move it again and it won't do anything! Yesterday when I turned the key on the fuel pump primed, lights came on, and then as soon as I pushed the button to start it, everything cut out. The kill switch does not seem to have anything to do with the problem, which leads me to beilieve it is a bad ignition. Has anybody else had problems with first generation ignitions? If so, do I need to get a whole new ignition, or is there a way to fix it? Any help on this issue would be very much appreciated.

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I would check the battery connections and make sure the battery is good. Sounds like a bad connection though or a faulty ground.

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I would check the battery connections and make sure the battery is good. Sounds like a bad connection though or a faulty ground.

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Battery connections are good... I'm going to remove the ignition tomorrow, check all the wiring, and re-install it. Hopefully if it's a ground problem that will help.

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Load test the battery?
It could show voltage at rest but still be screwed.

Just a thought.

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Load test the battery?
It could show voltage at rest but still be screwed.

The only thing that debunks that is the fact that one minute it starts like a champ, and the next it's got nothin! Thanks though

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Its a continuity problem, maybe a dirty connection and nothing major, likely causes are the frame to engine ground and the positive to the main fuse and the starter relay from the battery.
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pull up your seat and check the fuses. you probly got a blown fuse, happened to me randomly couple years ago.
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The only thing that debunks that is the fact that one minute it starts like a champ, and the next it's got nothin! Thanks though
Sometimes batteries act weird right before they give up.

Is it the original battery?

Just hoping it was something simple.

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I betcha the battery has an internal problem.

Hook up booster cables from the battery cables to a known-good 12-volt battery (example, the one in your car) - do this with the ignition switched off, please! - and see if it starts and runs reliably in that state. Do this with the ground connection to the battery disconnected (so it is connected ONLY to the known-good battery) to remove the possibility that your battery has an internal sporadic short-circuit. If it works properly when connected to some other battery, now you know what the issue is.


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ignition

i had a very similar problem on my old 6r, it was a bad connection inside the ignition switch . re soldered the connection and it never happened again. looked like a bad solder joint. let us know what ya find

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