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Old 06-11-2012, 05:24 AM   #16
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Hey Mike

In regards to your headlights it sounds similar to what I experienced with my RT . I had just changed over to HID lights amongst other things ... and when I tested with the tank off it worked fine ... put the tank back on and I couldn't get high or low beam ... just the flasher ... take the tank off to check ... it all worked fine.

Drove me mad for a couple of days ... checked everything ... from my wiring of the new HID and relays etc ... By chance I lent on the electrical connectors ( left hand side of frame, past the relays ) and it all worked fine. Basically I think they must have worked lose whilst removing and replacing the tank a few times.

Solution was just to simply to tape them down a bit tighter to make a better connection.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:39 AM   #17
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Thumb Resolved!

The new (used) solenoid arrived from Motorworks today...

It wasn't the solenoid that was the problem.

More and more these last few days I have been coming to the conclusion that this was something REALLY simple. Sure enough, when refitting the starter (with the battery connected) I brushed the INSULATED end part of the power lead against the starter case and got a spark.

There was a fine cut in the insulation that tightening down opened up and created the short. A bit of red heatshrink later and the starter works as advertised, as does the headlamp.

Thanks very much everyone for your words of advice - it is really appreciated.

Let the rebuild continue!

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Old 06-15-2012, 09:22 AM   #18
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Well done getting that one sorted out! Chalk one more up to just taking a good close look!
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