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    96 sl700 electrical

    I came across a weird problem working on a 96 sl700. The common no spark issue plagues this ski so went to troubleshooting. stator checks out, went to check voltage while cranking on the brown wire coming from the cdi and it has a steady 12 volts on it all the time. This has the original ignition in it and I've heard the update kits for this ski are no longer available.


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    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I came across a weird problem working on a 96 sl700. The common no spark issue plagues this ski so went to troubleshooting. stator checks out, went to check voltage while cranking on the brown wire coming from the cdi and it has a steady 12 volts on it all the time. This has the original ignition in it and I've heard the update kits for this ski are no longer available.
    Make sure you have a FULL and fresh battery in there. I bought a 1999 slx1050 from a guy who said the ski had no spark, it turned over fine but no spark. Got home put a fresh charged battery in her and she fired right up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I came across a weird problem working on a 96 sl700. The common no spark issue plagues this ski so went to troubleshooting. stator checks out, went to check voltage while cranking on the brown wire coming from the cdi and it has a steady 12 volts on it all the time. This has the original ignition in it and I've heard the update kits for this ski are no longer available.
    12 volts from the Brown CDI wire to the stator suggests a bad ground somewhere between the CDI and the engine block.

    First disconnect the battery positive cable (be careful not to short to anything else). Also, with the original ignition system, remove the thin black wire from the battery negative before checking the other ground wiring.

    Then make very sure the Black stator wire is zero ohms from engine block to electrical box grounds, and check all electrical box grounds. Especially the CDI grounding.

    The Ignition Update Kits were in short supply, but apparently are now back on the shelves.

    AND, once you have verified that all grounds are correct, make sure the battery is healthy. Must deliver over 10.6 volts while cranking the engine, or you will not have spark.

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    I checked the stator ground to engine block 0 ohms. Went through the other grounds and checked out ok. Still constant 12 volt power coming from brown cdi. Guess best to just update it.

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