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Old 05-24-2022, 02:52 PM
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Ignition box terminals

I trying to convert my on/off switch to a key rather than a toggle switch. the issue Im having is the ground wire must have a short because I'm not getting any continuity from negative side of battery to black wire coming out of ignition block. I have attached two pictures what's the two terminals coming out of the ignition box and do I have to use them? Just to be clear the switch I'm installing will run to the on off switch on the controls so once you turn the key you will have power to the on off switch on the controls.
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Old 05-24-2022, 02:54 PM
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Sorry here's the picture of the terminals..
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Thats the coil.
The wires to it are not the traditional + & - , (pos & neg )
I suggest you find a mechanic with electrical skills before you wreck something.
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I tried finding a mechanic long story short nobody wants to work on it.
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Does anybody know if I need to go through the ignition (coil) for a power switch? That's how it was wired previously but I don't see a reason to do so and am real curious to what the two terminals are for? The coil doesn't have a part number on it to look up specs so hopefully somebody knows perhaps? I just want to come straight off the battery and wire in a keyed switch and from there on up to the on/off switch on the handle bar controls.
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It appears to be a coil.
A coil typically would have a + terminal, to which 12v hot wire comes and 2 negative terminals: for front and rear cylinder, to which correspondingly coded color[varies by manufacturers] wires come from the ignition module. Those 2 wires are intermittently grounded depending the cycle of the rotor in the ignition module- that's how the spark gets generated. Ignition on is not enough to produce continuity =ground/spark. It must sense the rotor rotation, when engine rotates...

The ignition module has it's own hot wire that is typically hocked to the hot post of the coil[ thus both get the 12v supply].



You can place any interruption you want on the hot wire that goes to the coil - toggle, key, etc and in any location.

My hot wire supply comes from IGN post of my 4post car ignition key-switch, so when it's on- the coil and ignition are both energized.
It's located by my oil tank as I don't have anything on my handle bars. I can reach it and kill the ignition there just fine.

Some people prefer an additional kill switch by their thumb on the handlebars.
Too much wiring for my taste...
I hope I got your question right
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The 2 terminals means its a dual fire coil , both plugs firing at the same time , one cylinder having the exhaust valve open.

3 terminals is a single fire coil ,each cylinder firing independently of the other

You'll have to wire the bike one wire at a time which is a long and arduous process and not advised.

Get a manual with a wiring schematic and isolate the wires one by one.

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