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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-31-2019, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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New to the form guys. Got a problem here. Was out for a ride and decided to stop and eat. Come back to my 08 Ultra Classic and the dreaded click click click!! Got it back to the garage( thanks to my buddy with a trailer) Battery was old and had a dead cell so I replaced it. Same noise!! pulled the starter of and bench checked it. All is good there. Changed the starter relay. No noise this time , but when i hit the start switch my lights go out and the oil light goes out on the dash. I ran a hot wire from positive side of the battery to the starter solenoid and nothing happens!! Anyone have any ideas???
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Sounds like a bad ground connection where the negative cable connects to the frame.
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Also check your cables and cable ends. A bad cable could be your problem


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Did you fully bench charge the new battery befoe putting it in?
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New to the form guys. Got a problem here. Was out for a ride and decided to stop and eat. Come back to my 08 Ultra Classic and the dreaded click click click!! Got it back to the garage( thanks to my buddy with a trailer) Battery was old and had a dead cell so I replaced it. Same noise!! pulled the starter of and bench checked it. All is good there. Changed the starter relay. No noise this time , but when i hit the start switch my lights go out and the oil light goes out on the dash. I ran a hot wire from positive side of the battery to the starter solenoid and nothing happens!! Anyone have any ideas???
Unplug the green wire from the solenoid and jump the battery positive to that connector. Starter should spin over and with the ignition on the engine should start.
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Looks like another " one and done". Damn it would be nice if guys would have the courtesy to come back and let you know what happened!!

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New to the form guys. Got a problem here. Was out for a ride and decided to stop and eat. Come back to my 08 Ultra Classic and the dreaded click click click!! Got it back to the garage( thanks to my buddy with a trailer) Battery was old and had a dead cell so I replaced it. Same noise!! pulled the starter of and bench checked it. All is good there. Changed the starter relay. No noise this time , but when i hit the start switch my lights go out and the oil light goes out on the dash. I ran a hot wire from positive side of the battery to the starter solenoid and nothing happens!! Anyone have any ideas???
From what you posted, I would say that "NEW battery" is not fully charged. They need to be FULLY charged before being put to task. Its been living on a shelf for a while! Stick the tender to it overnight or put it on a car charger for a while.
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i cleaned the ground from the battery and no change. Battery was on the tender all night. Still nothing!! Already ran a hot wire from the battery to the solenoid and nothing. Checked all the fuses for a second time. Would the regulator have anything too do with it? I have heard when it is on its way out they do strange things!
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i cleaned the ground from the battery and no change. Battery was on the tender all night. Still nothing!! Already ran a hot wire from the battery to the solenoid and nothing. Checked all the fuses for a second time. Would the regulator have anything too do with it? I have heard when it is on its way out they do strange things!
Did you remove the battery and clean the grounding point? Where the negative wire bolts to the frame. If that connection is corroded or loose, it will cause many electrical problems! I would also check where the hot wire connects to the fuse box. If nothing is problematic with the grounding wire.

There is a reason your starter is not seeing the battery voltage. I can't see any reason to lay blame to the voltage regulator at this point.
Its my perception that something is a muck with the battery wiring. The battery voltage is the first step in troubleshooting anything electrical on a bike. Its usually a weak charge or a bad ground.

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Take the battery back to where you bought it and have it load tested. Battery tenders are for maintenance, not recharging a dead battery. As mentioned above, make sure the negative cable is free of corrosion at the bike frame.

Its all a process of elimination. If all of the above is done and you put the battery back in, and its starts, great. However, in the near future if you are back to square one, the battery isn't being charged while riding, or you have a short someplace that is draining the battery.
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