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Glad you are solved.
IXL2Relax (and Hippysmack) has a ton of more info in Sporsterpedia, but post 1 of this thread has some basics.

http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread...1784651&page=3

Voltage can tell you a lot.
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I'm glad you got it running ----- but I'm curious...

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Now I have no headlight, tail light, turn signals or 4 ways. I do have a horn though.....lol. If I turn the key to accessory, my speedo will light up but as soon as I turn it to run (aka start), the light goes out. I did check the fuses on the block and they were all good to go. Battery tested good.
What did you do to TEST THE BATTERY that you thought it was good???

I suppose I should have recommended checking the battery anyway...

Here's the Sportsterpedia section on checking the battery cables, voltages and grounds:
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I'm glad you got it running ----- but I'm curious...



What did you do to TEST THE BATTERY that you thought it was good???

I suppose I should have recommended checking the battery anyway...

Here's the Sportsterpedia section on checking the battery cables, voltages and grounds:
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I used positive probe from meter to positive battery and the same with ground. I know now that was wrong but then what should I have done?
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I think the key-on voltage reads in post 7 were so very low, it did not make sense, other than a very poor ground or pinched wire, etc.

Looking back, the battery probably had more than one bad cell. The other 4 (or less?) greatly overcharged, but faded instantly with load.
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Anything is possible. I'm just glad to have it running again. Now maybe I can get some sleep not having it in my head as to what it might be!
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I had a battery do that to me once. Started fine, parked it and an hour later, no start. Had strong lights until I hit the start button, then everything went out.

I got my trailer and picked it up. By the time I got back to it, it was dark out. Of course the trailer lights that worked when I put it away, didn't work.

Turned the lights on the bike minus the headlight and used a bungie to hold the brake pedal down so it was brighter and drove it home.

Glad you got yours sorted out.
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