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Its a 2008 night rod special, when i try to start it, it never starts first time, all the gauges and lights work fine and stay lit. The first 3 or 4 times i press the start button, nothing happens, no sound or anything. Then after the 3 or 4th time it will click, then after that nothing again for another 2 or 3 times. Then itll turn over then click again without starting, then nothing after that, then it'll finally start. What could this be? Starter? Relay? Solenoid? Help PLEASE
 

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Do the gauges light up when you turn it to ign?
After it starts will it start again no problem if you run it a bit, kill it, then restart it?
 

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I would clean and check all my ground wire's first thing. you know a night rod is made to be rode in the dark could be the day light is messing it up.
 

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I would clean and check all my ground wire's first thing. you know a night rod is made to be rode in the dark could be the day light is messing it up.
I thought it would be a ground wire for the relay or something, but i could only find the ground wire for the battery and it was clean and tight
 

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I don't know for sure how many ground's there is for sure on your night rod some of the other guys will know but if it is like my 03 you have one under the bike that grounds the motor to the frame .
 

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I thought it would be a ground wire for the relay or something, but i could only find the ground wire for the battery and it was clean and tight
I don't know for sure how many ground's there is for sure on your night rod some of the other guys will know but if it is like my 03 you have one under the bike that grounds the motor to the frame .
There are minor changes with the different years/models. This picture from an early shop manual shows the grounds on the top of the engine under the airbox cover.

The newer models like yours have GND 2 repositioned to the item marked with a 3.

The engine to frame ground is shown here:

It goes from this frame crossmember behind the oil pan to one of the oil pan screws.

You could also have a problem with the right hand control switches or wiring. Especially if these were ever removed.
 

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Doubt it's a ground. More likely start button, start relay or solenoid. Test from button on down to find the break in the electrical. You could try swapping the start relay with a fan relay for testing if it's the relay itself and go from there.
Ron
 

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My 2003 was having a similar issue. Swapped the starter relay for the fan like rbaos stated and the problem went away. Rode to the dealership and bought another one. -Kevin
 

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Doubt it's a ground. More likely start button, start relay or solenoid. Test from button on down to find the break in the electrical. You could try swapping the start relay with a fan relay for testing if it's the relay itself and go from there.
Ron
Ok thanks, ill try swapping the relays. How do i test the solenoid? And where is it located?
 

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Doubt it's a ground. More likely start button, start relay or solenoid. Test from button on down to find the break in the electrical. You could try swapping the start relay with a fan relay for testing if it's the relay itself and go from there.
Ron
My 2003 was having a similar issue. Swapped the starter relay for the fan like rbaos stated and the problem went away. Rode to the dealership and bought another one. -Kevin
Swapped out the relays..... Its starts first shot everytime! Thanks guys for all the help, i really really REALLY appreciate it
 
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