1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
  3. Hey Facebook people... We've created a group for XS400.com members to connect. Check it out!
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Want an XS400.com t-shirt? Go to the store to order. Limited sizes and quantities available.
    Dismiss Notice

Electrical death

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cpazambrana, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana XS400 Member

    Hi to all. This is my first post. I bought a 1980 XS400 which was sitting for 4 years in a garage. I bought new carbs, battery and a new tank. She fired up with the kick just fine given that the starter is not working. After this first start she is getting harder and harder to get started. I was trying to kickstart her and suddenly it completely died. I turn the ignition on but nothing happens. No horn and no idiot lights come on. Checked all fuses and they seem ok. Battery is new and is fully charged. Any help or suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. Download manual and follow testing instructions for stator, regulator rectifier. Post pictures
     
  3. Trickle charger and if it fires up, but doesn't recharge battery, one of above 3 is your problem
     
  4. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana XS400 Member

    Hi guys I do have the Haynes manual but I didn't find anything related to this. Anyway I started moving cables around and found that there was a bad connection in the fuse holder. Took all cables and solder them back and the bike is alive again! But I really appreciate your responses. Now the only problem is that the electrical starter is spinning but not engaging. I took the cover out and found that the starter sprocket and chain had fallen in the crankcase. Put it back and the starter still does not engage with the engine. It keeps spinning but does not move the engine. What I should be looking at?
     
    buztabuzt likes this.
  5. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    Bad starter clutch. There are threads on this in the forum.
     
    buztabuzt likes this.
  6. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana XS400 Member

    Thank you xschris. I will look for that thread.
     
  7. Cafe

    Cafe XS400 Member

    Welcome from Georgia. Good luck with your bike. Let's see some pictures.
     
  8. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana XS400 Member

    Of course. I will post some soon!
     
    buztabuzt likes this.
  9. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana XS400 Member

    2A637D08-3F88-4949-BE1E-DCB121C08E5B.jpeg
     
  10. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana XS400 Member

  11. xschris

    xschris a lifestyle not a trend Top Contributor

    Your going to have lots of issues with that intake setup and carb. Do you still have the stock setup? I would hold on to it if you do. Search 2-1 intake for sohc xs400.
     
  12. cpazambrana

    cpazambrana XS400 Member

    So far has been good. I’m rebuilding one of the original carbs so I will try it once it’s done. Only thing missing is a diaphragm. I’ve read about the 2-1 conversions and there is a lot of different results. One of the two original carbs is damaged beyond repair. I know that I could get more out of the current carb if I start messing with jets but right now is running exactly how I wanted. Wish me luck.
     
  13. Cafe

    Cafe XS400 Member

    Best of luck.
     

Share This Page