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Rectifier, Battery, or Starter??
I am trying to help my brother troubleshoot this "Hot starting problem" on his '03 600 RR. Here is what we have done so far -
Jump starting works flawlessly just as others have stated in previous posts.
I have an '05, when my bros bike would NOT start, we threw the battery from my bike in it and it fired right up, no problem. So we went and bought him a new battery. Hot starting seemerd to be resolved, or at least we thought so for a few days. Battery cost - $110.00
Now since he is having the problem again, I have read other post about not using your high beams so much. I had told my bro to "Always" have your high beams on just for safety purpose to make yourself more visible. Our next test is to have him ride the bike for the next few times and "NOT" use the high beams at all.
Replacing the rectifier -
Some peolpe have stated to replace your rectifier with a '04 or '05 one that the '03 had issues. Just called the stealership, they stated that '03 - '05 all have the same exact part for the rectifier, so not sure if that is a fix that you can rely on.
I am thinking of trying to put my bikes rectifier on my bros bike and test it out, and maybe seeing if his rectifier on my bike causes my bike to behave like his.. Question - Where is the rectifier located at - Can someone let me know how to get to it, or post some pics of it?
Cost of new Rectifier from Stealership - $152. So I do not want to tell my bro to buy a new one unless we know for sure that is what it is, especially since we replaced the battery and already spent $110 and the problem is not solved.
The Starter -
If it is the starter, that would make sense if it got too hot and then would not work. Although like I said earlier, when it would not statrt we swtched batteries and it fired right up. so my thought at this point is that it has to be the rectifier.
Update on 1-20-05 - Problem fixed!!
Since I saw so many posts from others who said to not drive with the brights on on an '03 I told my bro to ride without the brights exclusively and he has not had a problem since!!
So this is what I think is going on here, the '03 the rectifier has sh**y protection from the heat of the headers(no heat shield, my '05 has a pretty beefy heat shield), so if the bike gets too hot, like over 200 and the fan kicks up and the bright lights are on, the recitifier is too hot to operate properly, thus not sending the appropriate charge to the battery, maybe because there is too much draw on the battery because of the brights and the fan being on at the same time or something. Anyways, if you have this "hot starting" problem on an '03, at least try driving excusively with the brights "never" on and I bet you it will solve the problem. Our next step is to try and get an '05 "heat shield" and install it on my bros '03. Then, my guess is that he will be able to ride with his brights on all the time becuase the rectifier will not over heat.
I hope this helps others to narrow down this problem because this was a wierd one!!
Last edited by togles; 01-20-2006 at 10:24 PM.
Reason: Update to this problem