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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2016, 9:26 pm Thread Starter
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900ss Starting Problem

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I have a 900ss FE that I bought in pieces and I have been cleaning it up and putting it back together. A couple of years ago I stated taking things apart and now that it is back together it will not start. It would start before I took everything apart, but now the starter just turns over 2 or 3 times and then the solenoid just clicks. It acts like the battery is dead, but the battery is fully charged and brand new. I also replaced the battery cables with thicker cables and added another ground. Tonight I ran a cable right from the battery to the starter and it did the same thing. I have read through many of the threads and have not come up with a solution. Does it seem like my starter is shot? It would seem strange because the bike has been just sitting and only has 6,000 miles. I also adjusted the valves and replaced the belts, but I was very careful and took my time. I also made sure the engine turned over freely after I was done. One last thing to mention is that the first time I tried to start the bike it was in gear and on a rear stand. The stater turned over the engine and turned the back wheel. Now it will only turn the starter about 2 times. Do you think I cooked the starter then when it was in gear. I appreciate any feedback about things to check next.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2016, 2:34 am
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One last thing to mention is that the first time I tried to start the bike it was in gear and on a rear stand. The stater turned over the engine and turned the back wheel. Now it will only turn the starter about 2 times. Do you think I cooked the starter then when it was in gear.
I've tried to start mine in gear before, (twice...) just on the kickstand. It jumps a few inches, scares the hell out of me, and probably isn't great for it, but probably won't kill the starter if you do it once.

I'd bet someone chimes in with the answer within 24 hours.

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have you tried recharging the battery as they drain really quickly and change the plugs if they get wet the bastards are a prick to start

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Even new batteries can be bad. Try jumper wires from a car battery to the bikes battery. Leave the car's engine off... Then tell us what happens.

You can even bypass the solenoid when doing this, and tell us the results.

If it spins over well, then it's the bike's battery...

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Thanks for the replies guys. I charged the battery when it arrived and have charged it after each time I messed with the bike. The plugs are dry because the gas is not hooked up. The bike has not run in over 3 years, so I want to make sure it spun over before I filled it with gas and tried to start it. I will try running a cable from a car this weekend. It is going to take a bit of work to get it out an near a car battery. I will post the results.

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Do you even know if the engine is free ? It could be stuck. Pull the plugs and try to turn the engine over using the back wheel. Squirt some oil in the plug holes.
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You could remove the car battery from the car and bring it to the bike instead.
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Hey, I have a Motolectric HICAP starter circuit upgrade kit I never installed on my 750 SS I.e. for sale if you're interested...may help too http://motolectric.com/makes/ducati.html PM me if interested.
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Do you have over 12 volts at the starter ?

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Clean your frame grounds, one the negative cable from Battery to frame , the other back by the right foot peg. If you still have that big lump connector on the positive cable that can be a problem area, you will get rid of it with an aftermarket battery cable kit, then hook the wires that were fed by it directly to the battery post (with a pigtail if there isn't room).

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