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1999 VS 1400 Front cylinder is not firing. No fire at all.

I tested the coil with a ohm meter and it read good. I also took it to a local bike shop here and they put it on a machine and it read good. The rear cylinder is getting fire but not the front. I checked all the wires and joints and they all seem good. I pulled the boot off and tested it without the boot and still not fire. It will run then when it gets hot the front cylinder goes out. Now its not firing at all... Could it be a fuse? Or is it the pick up coil or maybe the CDI box. I appreciate any info on this. Also suzuki does not sale the pickup coil seperate.. They sale it with the stator which is $650. I found a brand new pick up coil on ebay for $25 bucks and was going to splice it in. Again any info is very much appreciated. I just got the bike and I hope i did not get burnt. My wife is about to kill me. Please help! Thanks

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  • Weston D Perry Feb 20, 2012

    Is this a known problem with this bike? If so is it usually the pick up coil or the CDI and how to I know which one is the problem? Thanks

  • Weston D Perry Feb 22, 2012

    I fixed it myself. It was the pick up coil. Bike runs great! Spliced it in and saved $600 bucks!


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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, test for the presence / absence of below described voltages using an analog / needle type voltmeter when starting the bike:

  • pulsating low AC voltage coming from the pickup coil;
  • pulsating voltage feeding the ignition coil.

Good luck and thank you for asking FixYa.

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what comes out of CDI box? if you have it going in it is rectified and more will come out. If not change CDI

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Does it smell rich like gas isn't being burnt and coming out the tail pipe? If so then it's probably the spark plugs. Actually I bet you any money it is. They're cheap and easy to replace, give it a try.

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