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post #1 of 27 Old 06-25-2013, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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help!!!

OK. Upfront...I completely new to my klr. I traded a money pit of a Harley for a 2003 klr650. Having some trouble with it already. It won't start. When I turn the key I get nothing. No lights no power at all. I checked the battery it is good. The guy I got the bike from said he sometimes had problems with the wiring harness and to give it a good cleaning with contact cleaner. I have done so and still no juice. I then tested the wires to and from the main wiring harness and the harness itself with the ignition on with the voltage tester. Got nothing. I figured I would ask for some advice before I started taking the whole thing apart as I am new to the bike. If its not the battery and I'm getting no power in the wires what else could it be?
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post #2 of 27 Old 06-25-2013, 05:27 PM
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A blown main fuse, perhaps.

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post #3 of 27 Old 06-25-2013, 07:40 PM
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Your symptoms suggest: Interruption of main power, crackbottom louis!

Tom Schmitz' suggestion of a blown main fuse seems quite probable. Otherwise, battery and ground connections may need checking.

Not trying to blow you off, but . . . in your position, I'd uncase my multimeter and go at it with this wiring diagram:

http://www.controlcircuitdiagram.com...-motocross.jpg

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Got it running and starting right up. Fuse was the issue thanks. So now I have cleaned the wiring housing thingy (technical term?) and will see if that has done the trick. Thanks so much for your help!
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Good on ya, and glad it was no more than a fuse.

Do keep an eye on the battery terminal connections, though. KLRs love to cook batteries and anything you can do to keep the current draw down is a good thing. Pull the battery an d check the fluid regularly, then clean the terminals before re-installing the battery.

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Good on ya, and glad it was no more than a fuse.

Do keep an eye on the battery terminal connections, though. KLRs love to cook batteries and anything you can do to keep the current draw down is a good thing. Pull the battery an d check the fluid regularly, then clean the terminals before re-installing the battery.

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Will do. Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking you will be hearing a good amount of questions from me in the next few months. I hope you guys don't get tired of me stumbling my way through learning to turn a wrench on a klr
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I hope we do hear a lot from you, and feel free to ask away. Whatever it is you need to know, somebody here knows it.

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Nice. I have to say I was never this excited over owning my Harley. This bike is a blast. Can't wait to hit the backwoods trout streams for a couple days.
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Nice. I have to say I was never this excited over owning my Harley. This bike is a blast. Can't wait to hit the backwoods trout streams for a couple days.
lol... i own a 2005 electra glide, i have not taken it out of the garage in 2yrs since i got my 2011 KLR. its just a blast to be able to hit all the side roads.
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