77 won't start


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JellyBelly
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77 won't start

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Here's my problem in a nut shell. I bought a 77 to do up for my wife. It won't start.

Turn key on - instrument panel lights up
Engine stop switch to run.
Gas on.
Installed a working and tested battery - Gotta have one of those to make it start :-)
I replaced the 30amp fuze.
Tested the starter relay - Got a good reading and I hear it click when I push the start button.
Replaced ballast resister which tested bad.
Replaced coils with Dyna.
Replaced wires with Dyna.

Next I guess I need to test the capacitor - Not sure how to do this - help on this point appreciated - shop manual is no help.
Also need to check the spark advance mechanism for free movement

How do I check for primary current going to the points and the coils?

Thanks in advance.


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Former 76, 77, and 78 GL1000 owner...Upgraded to a Chromed out Valkyrie
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dingdong
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Re: 77 won't start

Post by dingdong »

Could you be more specific on "won't start". Does the starter turn the engine over or does the starter not spin at all? If you get a click at the solenoid the starter is probably in need of service.
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Re: 77 won't start

Post by Fred Camper »

if it does spin over, do you have spark? Take a plug out, reconnect the wire, and lay it on the cylinder head to ground it. Then crank and see if you have spark.
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JellyBelly
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1985 KZ550 (sold)
2006 CFMoto V5 (sold)
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Re: 77 won't start

Post by JellyBelly »

No spin. Will check for spark.


I love my wings (both Hot and Gold) - check out my blog @ http://wingthing1000.blogspot.com/

Former 76, 77, and 78 GL1000 owner...Upgraded to a Chromed out Valkyrie
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