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1100 shadow 2002 will not start, just replaced battery and when I try to start it clicks, sounds like its in the starter relay. Does that mean the relay is bad???

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The relay may be bad or the new battery terminals may not be connecting due to corrosion etc.
check connections first.
get a 12v test light check the relay gets power from the switch, usually a red wire.
Check the relay has power from the battery.
Check the starter side of the relay, with button pressed

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Check battery has at least 12.5volts when fully charged, if batt is good it will crank the engine over rapidly

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