Long story short: During my last ride of last season my chain came off and clipped the stator wire on my 1986 XR600. I duct taped the wires back together and got out of the woods that night, but needed to fix the wires for good. I pulled my stator cover, removed the stator and added some tin/lead solder to re-enforce the connections (the wires weren't fully clipped, just about 50%). I then used Liquid PVC tape to coat the wires seperately so the paths wouldn't cross. Then I traced the outline of the stator on some gasket paper and cut out a fresh gasket. I used a hole punch to start bolt holes, and used screws to hold the gasket in place for each additional punch. Then I used an OEM bolt and a razor blade to make the holes the exact size. I coated the gasket, removed all the old gasket material and replaced the stator and bolts. Then I kicked. And kicked, and kicked, and kicked. The headlight lights when I kick, but the bike won't fire. It started last week before the stator was removed, so I know it WAS running. Now the questions. •See anything obvious that I might be missing? • How do you measure impedance on a stator to see if it's putting out enough juice? • Will hooking the light wire to the ignition plug work to start the bike? • I've got a spare XL600 stator (more wires, same size). Any objections to trying that? • Last but not least, is a Ricky Stator worth it?