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About stinky

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  • Location Springfield, OR, USA
  1. Today I pulled the starter relay out to check for water damage/corrosion. It is (was) sealed very well and water definitely did not damage it. BUT... the contacts don't look the greatest to me. Now I'm no pro, but I have been repairing electronics for about 35 years and have seen relay contacts worse than these before and still be in service. My experience is with stuff that's usually lower current than this though (stereos, 2 way radios, computers/laptops, video games, etc.). Does anybody here have any input on the likelihood that these contacts are the source of my troubles? In the meantime I'm going to find out how much a replacement would be and possibly try to clean this one up.
  2. Well it turns out my fears of throwing money at incorrect solutions were justified... I guess. Received a new battery, activated it, fully charged it, no change in starting ability (well it MAYBE turns over a very tiny bit better, but still wouldn't start without a jump). After the battery didn't fix it, I thought I found the problem... a little corrosion at the starters positive wire connection. Cleaned that up and again maybe another small improvement but it still isn't turning over like it used to and didn't start without a jump. It seems to turn over great when I hardwire a 12v car battery directly to the starter input, so I'm going to dig up my starter relay and check wires, etc.
  3. I believe these collars require a data plan/connection which I think would work just fine where we go, but if I were going to have a "connected" device I might as well just give him a cell phone with tracking set up... which isn't a bad idea at all actually.
  4. These GPS radios are sweet. Probably overkill for us but something I will consider. We just ride in the Oregon sand dunes which is a pretty small area relatively speaking, and far from being remote.
  5. I am a licensed HAM... or at least I used to be. I lost interest and let it expire 10 or 20 years ago. I hadn't thought about whether or not my son might have any interest in it. He's in Scouts so it would go along well with that... at least when he gets a little older anyway.
  6. Last time I was out with my 8 year old son we got separated just enough that we lost communication (helmet intercoms). I was looking for ideas as a "backup plan" for this situation. I'm considering FRS handheld radios. Any other/better ideas out there? Ideally I would put somebody behind him, but it's normally just him and I so that's not an option.
  7. Oregon sand dunes. Iv'e got a mild interest in riding some forest trails, but it'll probably never happen.
  8. I'm not sure if my battery was original or not... I bought the bike about a year ago when it was about a year old already. The battery is branded "GS". I kept it on a Battery Tender but not sure about the previous owner. I think I would have been quicker to blame the battery if I hadn't been keeping it on a tender. Not only did I have a feeling of invincibility because I was properly maintaining it, but when I was loading up for the trip I unplugged it and the bike started right up giving no clue the battery was troubled. A day or two later at the campground... different story. I ordered a Yuasa as I've had good luck with them in the past.
  9. Well now that I'm back home and had some time to mess with it, I did a proper jump start and it did make a big difference (I was camping earlier and my "jump start" wasn't the best setup). This leads me to believe the battery is defective after all. I have ordered one and will report back.
  10. I'm aware this doesn't prevent batteries from failing, but I do keep all our bikes connected to Battery Tenders while at home via hard wired plugs.
  11. I agree... it does seem similar to a bad battery, and I haven't yet ruled that out 100%. I didn't recharge it after the last time I was trying to start the bike and it's still sitting at 12.52v (after more than 24 hours of rest). The problems arose while we were out camping, so my resources were limited at the time. Now that we're back home I'll be able to do some better testing but based on what the bike did while we were jumping it, I would be surprised if it turns out to be the battery. It has paddles on it as we only use it in the sand, but it does seem to roll perfectly freely otherwise.
  12. I have an Outlaw 110 that will struggle to turn the engine over. Jump starting doesn't help other than the battery will drain LONG before the bike eventually starts, so is required. If you keep messing with it long enough it will eventually magically begin to crank fine and sometimes finally start. Once we finally get the bike to start and warm it up thoroughly, it will turn over and start just fine the rest of the day like nothing ever happened... next day it won't turn over again. Internet research has found lots of people saying they replaced starters, starter clutch, wiring, etc. but with only about 50/50 success rate for their particular problems... and I never found anybody describing a problem like mine, so I'm looking for advice/experience. Would rather not just start blindly throwing parts at it. Does anybody have any thoughts/ideas?

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