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post #1 of 3 Old Yesterday, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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I just finished swapping the doohickey on my 87', and now it wont start. it doesn't even crank. I just charged the battery. I noticed there was a wire by the side case that is not plugged in. I honestly am not sure what it is, or where it goes. I assume it goes somewhere inside the case, but I want to double check since I will have to drain the oil to do so. Would this be why it won't start?
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post #2 of 3 Old Today, 02:22 AM
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That's the wire that triggers the neutral light and, yes is the cause of your problems. Good news is the fix is easy. Take off the sprocket cover and behind it, just in front of the sprocket you will find a little "post" terminal. Push the wire onto this, your neutral light should reappear and your problems (hopefully) go.

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post #3 of 3 Old Today, 07:42 PM
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I just finished swapping the doohickey on my 87', and now it wont start. it doesn't even crank. I just charged the battery. I noticed there was a wire by the side case that is not plugged in. I honestly am not sure what it is, or where it goes. I assume it goes somewhere inside the case, but I want to double check since I will have to drain the oil to do so. Would this be why it won't start?
Does your bike start & run now?

I'll suggest that you slow down & pay a little more attention to the details of your work. There is no way for that neutral light wire to be 'accidentally' disconnected during a Doo-Hickey replacement. You simply forgot to re-connect it.

I hope that you carefully tucked all those wires into the cast-in channel to protect them from the chain?

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