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Old 18th May 2016
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Hi all,
Just got my sporty out after having not run it for 5 years as a new bike now forces the sale of this one.
I got her a new battery, charged it last week, fitted it, took out the plugs, put a little oil in etc etc, cranked her over to check the oil flow, all good.
went to put the plugs back in connect them up and turned her over, no firing.
fresh fuel and it all flows fine.
Took the plugs out, rested one against the case, no spark when turning over.
I have checked every wire and connector. Even checked with another coil and still no spark. All I can think that is left is the Ignition unit. However this is in the RH engine side case and a pain to get to so I was wondering if anyone out there had any words of wisdom to try first?

Thanks

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Not sure, but I read you are supposed to ground the plugs when turning the bike over or you can damage your ignition module. I think it applies to the 91-2003 bikes, but someone more knowledgeable can hopefully chime in.

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Hi all,
Just got my sporty out after having not run it for 5 years as a new bike now forces the sale of this one.
I got her a new battery, charged it last week, fitted it, took out the plugs, put a little oil in etc etc, cranked her over to check the oil flow, all good.
went to put the plugs back in connect them up and turned her over, no firing.
fresh fuel and it all flows fine.
Took the plugs out, rested one against the case, no spark when turning over.
I have checked every wire and connector. Even checked with another coil and still no spark. All I can think that is left is the Ignition unit. However this is in the RH engine side case and a pain to get to so I was wondering if anyone out there had any words of wisdom to try first?

Thanks

chris
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BOTH of the wires feeding my coil were broken inside at the crimped on connector. Get the manual for your bike and go through the troubleshooting steps, while checking wires for continuity, wiggle them.

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Get your multimeter out and check the voltage on the battery - then check the voltage on either side of the coil - One side (White/Black wire) should be 12v equal to the battery - the other side (with the Pink wire) will be either 12v or ground, depending on the state of the firing function of the ICM...

You can remove all the wires from the side that has the Pink wire, then make jumper to ground (battery negative will do)... Now setup your spark plugs against the cylinder fins and turn the main switch to ON (with the Run/Stop in Run Mode)...

Quickly strike the ground wire across the coil terminal (where the Pink wire was connected) and both spark plugs should fire...

You can check the coil as well:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/h...ignition_coils

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