I did exactly as you said. I fished the cable back in and re attached it to the trans. The clicking is coming right from the starter so my guess is its on its way out I wonder how much that will run meI'm guessing the battery negative cable is loose. When removing and installing the Sporty battery the negative cable has to be removed from the trans and pulled out with the battery then tightened to the battery and fished back down to the trans. If not done that way the cable will loosen when pushing the battery back into the box. The clicking sound would be from the loose connection arching.
Thanks for tho tip ill try that as wellAnother problem the Sportsters have is water accumulation in the rear of the fuse box. That causes the relays to stay active with the ignition off and draining the battery. The fix is to pull all the fuses and relays, blow any water out of the fuse block, apply dielectric grease to all the terminals and re-install relays and fuses.
The water gets into the rear of the fuse block via the main wiring harness which runs along the frame under the gas tank and down into the back of the fuse block.
Hmm okay that means I'm loosing juice somewhere. Because the battery is fairly new. You said bench charge the battery. I'm guessing you mean remove the battery and charge it. I already connected it to a tender will that do? Or you think I should pull it and charge it alone? I was thinking ill charge it with the tender and once it's full I was gonna see if she still clicks. But if you think I will be better off removing it I will just let me know! Thanks a lot man!! This has been driving me crazyOK, 11.7 volts is a discharged battery!
First off, bench charge the battery to full charge. The bike system will not charge a really low battery!
With the battery charged, the running voltage, with the RPM's at about 2000, should be about 14 volts.
If not, either the regulator or stator is bad. Of course this is dependent on all wiring connections being good.
What is a real charger? I was told not to use a car battery charger on a gel battery.You need remove, or at least disconnect the battery,( you can remove the main fuse), put it on a "real" charger and charge it.
No meaningful voltage measurements can be made without a fully charged battery. Even brand new batteries can be low or even bad. Almost no one prepares a battery correctly when installing them.