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Okay! i just got a battery in m bike and when i turn on the ignition nothing happens! i check all the connections and terminals! what should i do?

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There is one more small wire you missed connecting, when you put the Positive, (Red), terminal on.
It should have a round metal terminal end, that has a hole large enough in it, for the Positive battery terminal bolt to go through.

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