Hey fellas, I just picked up a neglected '05 yesterday. Guy said it "needs a transmission, it's hard to start"... not real sure what the correlation is between trans gears and starting. Previous owner said it was having shifting issues... he had the crankcase swapped out with a used bottom end that has a new crank and bearings, then said it became "hard to start".
SOOOO... I bring home the raptor and the spare crankcase and get to looking this thing over. So much sh!t missing or half assed, it drives me nuts. But, I love a project and bringing something back from the dead... well, I got what I asked for.
I have started reassembling the bike at least getting it to a point where I can try to start it. First thing I noticed, the battery was toast. So I swapped my antigravity battery over from my motorcycle, motor turns over. Lots of turning over, no vroom vroom... Pull plug, wet plug, so we got fuel... no spark.
I read Morph's thread and then went through all the "doh" items... bike's in neutral, switch is "on", I have fuel pouring out of the gummed up carb drain, I pulled the rectifier plug and still no spark. I am going to test the coil, but honestly, I figured with all the other stuff the bike needs, it wouldn't hurt to replace a bunch of these parts anyway.
So currently I have ordered:
CDI (are the 30 dollar amazon ones bad?...a little late to ask I guess)
Rear master cylinder
Rear grab bar
Front fender bracket
Raptor hardware kit
Random exhaust hardware
New headlight bulbs (1 is out and I HAVE to have them match)
Bottom line, I am wondering if the "hard to start" was due to poor maintenance and a series of bad parts... I can only hope it's that and not crankcase internals... But I am prepared to have to split the case if need be.
Future purchases will include:
Sprockets and chain (thinking about a 12T)
Air filter (what should I run? K&N?)
I want to see how it performs before I do much more. Then it will be a matter of cleaner her up just to get her dirty on the trail. Sorry for the novel... figured I would give as much detail as I can in case someone sees something I may be missing.
I will try to get some pics up soon.