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    I find it a little amusing that the manual has you check individual components THEN go to check the switches, wiring and continuity through the whole system.

    Not to be to negative but that makes me wonder how confident they are in the quality of their parts or suppliers. I always check for power before tearing into electrical issues.

    Sorry for the rant.
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    When was the last time you had an electrical problem that was a switch or harness issue?

    The manufacturers know that component failure is much more likely than a wiring issue.
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    i have read of a way to test the cdi. the owner put the cdi in the freezer for a while and once cold, reinstalled it on the bike and it ran, until it warmed up. this maybe one way to test the cdi. too expensive to replace without trying something
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    This does not take into account the spark advance circuits but should help beginners to understand the basics:
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    Test for thermal breakdown:
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    My only issue on my TW's, other than not enough time to ride them, was a harness issue. I agree that wires aren't doing much and ic's, mechanical switches and relays, bulbs, items that deal with heat are going to fail more often. But they certainly won't work without the necessary current to start with.
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    Thank for the link Fred.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Note: Folks should zero, or calibrate their ohmmeters frequently even if it is an auto ranging unit. I would check before each and every one of these TW ignition diagnostic tests for a needle type, and at least once for a digital DMM.
    Understanding the basics of digital multimeter calibration
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    Thank you for the excellent video. I really helps visualize what is going on.

    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyJeeper View Post
    This does not take into account the spark advance circuits but should help beginners to understand the basics:
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    I must admit, I have been doing electrical since the USAF trained me back in the early 60's. Have a masters license for electrical work, heck even taught the subject for about 12 years or so, and was involved in Ham or amateur radio for a number of years and even still hold my Advanced class ticket. Built successfully I might add lot of projects and some ham radios from Heathkit, remember them?

    Aside from zeroing the old analog meters you know the ones with a needle, like a Simpson 260. All the digital meters I have owned have been Flukes of one type or another and I have never zeroed or calibrated one. Perhaps If I was working on the space shuttle I might, and I also check my readings against known sources or voltages so perhaps that counts. If I was using a Harbor Freight one I might also!
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    If cost of the parts is an issue here's the zong solution: It took me a while to find this for you...

    You could wire in a bunch of different kinds of solutions in if you take the time to learn how. I figured spuds would help you the most.
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