I know that the '03 WR450 Starter issue has been beat to death, but this bike is new to me and I need some help sorting out a problem before the weekend.
I had a dying battery - took it out and load tested. pretty dead. Got a new AGM battery and installed. When I hit the E-Start button, I can hear real rapid (relay-like) clicks under the seat - that's all - the starter never engages. If I put my hand on the starter unit and hit the E-Start button, I never feel anything trying to engage there.
The bike starts OK when kicking it.
The issue is after coming back inside the house, my clothes smell like an electrical fire. I never held the E-Start button down for more than a second or two. I don't want to be stranded this weekend (going on a very long trail ride) because of a short or anything, and since I know very little about electrical stuff, I thought I'd come here to see if there are rudimentary steps I can take to isolate the problem.
The previous owner had the "Woodruff Key" mod done to it, but I think the starter is the original ('03) unit.
Edited by ack1961, January 17, 2012 - 03:43 PM.