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Old 10-02-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Diagnosing a short?

Hey guys, I'm having an issue where my bike will start up just fine and perfectly normal, run for a minute and then lose all electrical. Of course the bike dies, gauges go off, headlights go off, key and kill switch have no effect. The other day I had issues with a rusty positive battery terminal, but cleaned it up and everything seemed to be fine. If my bike were running, would the battery effect it?

I *thought* I had smelled a slight odor of electrical wire burning the other day, but had figured it to be a car near me. I recently did the mod to put led backlighting in my gauges, could I have screwed something up in there to effect the rest of the bike?

When I had the cluster apart, there was an empty bulb socket labeled "speed" that I couldn't remember if I pulled a bulb from or not. So I put one in there. Would that be effecting it?

Any suggestions on how to diagnose this short?

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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Hey guys, I'm having an issue where my bike will start up just fine and perfectly normal, run for a minute and then lose all electrical. Of course the bike dies, gauges go off, headlights go off, key and kill switch have no effect. The other day I had issues with a rusty positive battery terminal, but cleaned it up and everything seemed to be fine. If my bike were running, would the battery effect it?

I *thought* I had smelled a slight odor of electrical wire burning the other day, but had figured it to be a car near me. I recently did the mod to put led backlighting in my gauges, could I have screwed something up in there to effect the rest of the bike?

When I had the cluster apart, there was an empty bulb socket labeled "speed" that I couldn't remember if I pulled a bulb from or not. So I put one in there. Would that be effecting it?

Any suggestions on how to diagnose this short?

Bike is 2001 Suzuki tl1000s

After it dies are you able to restart it?
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:14 AM   #3
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Yeah, when I get power back. Can be anywhere from immediately after it dies the lights flicker and come back on and I can start it right back up to waiting a minute or two. It's random, which leads me to think its a short.
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But then it will run perfectly normal for a random period of time and then I lose all electrical again. Gauges, lights, motor, everything. And the process begins again.
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Yep that's what it sounds like. It's something affecting the main poweer circuit for the whole bike to lose power.
You'll need to get a voltmeter and isolate the short.
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Found it! Starter relay connector.
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Just about to say it then, then u found it. Its a pretty common problem. I personally haven't had it happen to mine, but I've seen lots of them get corroded.
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