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Old 11-08-2012, 08:49 AM   #4366
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Starts in one kick? So, no need to stress then. Your big ride isn't in jeopardy. That's your free therapy.

Your bike has auto-decompress, so unless that internal mechanism on the camshaft is broken, I wouldn't think it's related to compression. You can manually actuate the decomp lever without the cable, for testing purposes.

My bike only occasionally exhibits the symptoms you describe. It's always been after sitting too long in the garage and the battery being a little low. Not sure how you checked "battery shows full charge". Does this problem go away after you've been riding the bike for a while, then stop for a break or gas? A voltmeter doesn't check state-of-charge without a load applied.

You also said it is progressively getting worse (more frequent). That usually means wear or a failure, rather than a change you made to the bike (which would be an instant change). So, I don't think it's because you removed the cable.

Hope this helps.


Originally Posted by RAZR View Post
i'm sticking with the floated rewound stator Javier at Trail Tricks did. me and my buddy are cleaning up at least 30 wires that don't need to be in the headlight bucket.
basically, Trail Tech X2 HID headlight, heated grips, Sicass switch, GPS, Trail Tech Endurance, fan (with a switch)... makes for a lot of wires. but we cleaned it up. i also have a Lithium battery. not the Shorai, but identical. works amazing.

i have a new problem...

my starter whines and doesn't engage in the motor. sometimes it does. but it's engaging less and less. battery shows full charge. kick starting it starts on one kick.

a few months ago i cut the compression release cable because it was crimping/cutting into my wiring harness. i figured i don't use it, so i don't need it. (i'm dumb, i know)

after Googling the whining starter not engaging blah blah blah, some stories of compression is coming up.

before tearing into the motor to see if the starter clutch is gone, or if the teeth are bad, i want to get some feedback.

i am not a great home mechanic, my buddy is. but he owns a 2010 530 and doesn't know RFS motors. but he's willing to help.

what should i do first?

i have a huge ride coming up in 2 weeks, so i'm stressing.
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