Help-fuse blows, bike dies - bad CDI? - Kawasaki Forum :: KawasakiWorld.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 Old 04-07-2005, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3
Help-fuse blows, bike dies - bad CDI?

If anybody has a clue - I could use some help!
My 2000 ZX9R got sick today.
The 10amp fuse #3 blew and the bike stopped.
I replace the fuse and traveled another 50 yards before it blew again.
This time I put in a 20amp fuse and made it home - but the bike is sick - it stumbles sometimes. I can rev it in neutral and it is OK, I can run it in gear on a stand and it is OK. If I ride it - the 10amp fuse blows.

According to the workshop manual fuse #3 runs the CDI ignitor and some other stuff. The testing procedure for the ignitor consists of checking for power and ground, but no test for the ignitor itself.

I don't really want to spend $350 for a new ignitor just to find out that the problem really was somewhere else.

Does this sound familure to anybody?
Thanks
graycat4321 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 04-07-2005, 06:59 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Twin Cities
Posts: 448
When I had my bike torn down this winter, I noticed the wiring harness gets pinched between the lefthand fork tube and the frame. Maybe worth checking out if you suspect a short somewhere.

Where motorcycles are concerned, the only fear I have is that I may not live to ride again.
Eric Landstrom is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 04-07-2005, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3
gremlins

I'll have a look - I suspect a short.
The more I look at the diagrams, the more places I see that it could be.

Thanks
graycat4321 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 8 Old 04-07-2005, 08:38 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Twin Cities
Posts: 448
What is the fuse protecting that keeps popping?

Where motorcycles are concerned, the only fear I have is that I may not live to ride again.
Eric Landstrom is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 04-08-2005, 08:20 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Back home in TX!!
Posts: 88
Re: Help-fuse blows, bike dies - bad CDI?

This was happening to me a week after getting my 00 9R home. Warranty paid for the replacement of the wiring harness. The trouble came from a bare spot somewhere on the harness that couldn't be tracked down. While riding around, vibration and jostling would eventually present the bare spot to metal and blow the fuse again. At least that's the story I was told.

It is the nature of deception to not know you are being deceived.
P-Ratt is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 04-08-2005, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3
The fuse that was blowing was for the CDI ignitor, the kill switch and coils, and the instrument cluster. The problem was that the harness was pinched between a bolt on the cam cover and a ram air tube. As I tossed and turned at 3AM I realized that it MUST be a short because it ONLY happened when the bike was in motion. I isolated the fault by disconnecting the instrument cluster and placing a 7.5amp fuse in-line between the kill switch and the coils. When this fuse blew, I knew the problem was down stream from it. Once the tank, air box, and side plastic were out of the way - the problem was obvious - push down on the ram air tube and blow the fuse. A bit of electrical tape and sane placement of the harness should end the problem forever.

This is the only problem the bike has ever given me in. I had never had a reason to take the tank off. I can bitch about the complexity and black box opacity of modern bikes compared to the simplicity of my 68 BSA or airhead BMWs but although those bikes only have 10% as much wire in them - they have had FAR more electrical problems despite the relative simplicity.

I love the '00 9R for all the reasons the press hated it - it is quiet and comfortable with serious mid range stomp and ridiculous top end rip. The first time I cranked out 2nd to the max I grabbed 3rd good and hard - the front came up fast enough teach me a lesson of respect. When I want to act like an 18 year old fool I ride my RZ350.

Thanks for encouraging me to look for shorts - Michael Love
graycat4321 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 04-08-2005, 07:44 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Twin Cities
Posts: 448
Fast fix from a determined effort it sounds like. Funny thing is, I think I know what bolt you're talking about. Next time I'm servicing, I'll have to take a closer look on my own bike!

Where motorcycles are concerned, the only fear I have is that I may not live to ride again.
Eric Landstrom is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 05-04-2012, 12:17 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: jamestown ny
Posts: 7
Old post fixed my 9 same wire harness same bolt.
zx10guy1 is offline  
Reply

  Kawasaki Forum :: KawasakiWorld.com > Kawasaki Motorcycles > ZX-9R

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Forum :: KawasakiWorld.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bike dies at idle Slayer64 ZX-12R 76 03-31-2012 05:09 AM
What do you do when a bike blows by you going WELL OVER 100? shiphteey Ask the Police 13 05-04-2006 10:51 AM
Bike dies on startup kllrvet ZX-12R 9 08-03-2003 02:48 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome