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Gets no spark and ive replaced the plugs wires ignitor and the pick-up and still no spark

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Are you starting with aa charged battery? Are you starting with an electric starter or does this bike have a kick starter? Did you measure if you have any voltage coming out of your generator?

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  • stang_pain Aug 21, 2010

    its a fully charged new batter electric start and i replaced the generator still nothing

  • dimitri588 Aug 21, 2010

    How did you test for a spark? Did you take out the spark plug cable inserted a spark plug and held it against the chassis? If you did, did you not get a spark then? If you did not try this, try it and see if you get a spark. You must hold the edge of the spark plug, the metal part against a metal part of the chassis. If you don't get a spark you should check your ground of your engine.

  • stang_pain Aug 21, 2010

    yes i had it held against a bare spot on the frame to make sure it had good ground

  • dimitri588 Aug 21, 2010

    ok, we are getting close. If you replaced everything from battery-ignitor-spark plug cable-spark plug. Then it can only be the feed wire. The source starts at the ignition key. Did you measure the resistance from the ignition key wires to the generator?

  • dimitri588 Aug 21, 2010

    Check all ignition system circuit components; coils, secondary leads, plug caps, pick-up coils, ignition switch, on/off switch, sidestand switch, clutch switch, neutral switch, all electrical connectors and wiring for defects, and chassis grounds. Maybe there are damaged wires.

  • dimitri588 Aug 21, 2010

    Also, your bike has two coils under the tank. If you are syaing you have no spark, you should check for spark on all cylinders (you could have spark on left side, but not on the right side of engine).

    You have to check the voltage going to each coil when you are trying to start. You should be reading 12v intermittently. If you're not getting that, this is telling you the current flow is not present on the side that is not working. Do you know yet if there is current from the TCI to that non working plug. Voltage there could eliminate the TCI as the problem. The other part of the system is the trigger device. That Yamaha has 1 for each coil. It is located on the crankshaft. It turns the current on and off to the primary side of those coils. This in turn charges the secondary side of the coils and causes spark across the plug gaps. If the trigger is not working then there will be no spark


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Change the twin coils under the fuel tank

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