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Old 07-28-2009, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1988 El Tigre

Hey,
I'm looking at a 1988 El Tigre, but it's got no spark. It hasn't been used since 05' What is most likely the cause of this? Someone mentioned cleaning off the ingnition tips? Just wondering what you all think of this! Thanks!

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Old 07-29-2009, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Several things could be the problem.
1. Throttle safety switch (most common problem, bypass it)
2. Bad coil pack.
3. Bad plugs.
4. Fried CDI unit.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks RJ,
How would i bypass the switch? And do you think buying this sled for $250 is worth the risk, or are all of the possible fixes easily done?
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For 250, I'd buy it myself.
To bypass the switch, just cut the brown wires to it under the handlebar pad and connect the ends together.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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okay, and if it's a fried CDI unit, or a bad coil pack, about how much would that cost me to get fixed?
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ummmmm its hard to say how much a cdi would cost just watch ebay and check around i dont think a coild pack would be to bad. like im good here. i had 2 blew one up for the last time so i have all the parts i need.
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I'd try different spark plugs to start with... that's the cheapest way.
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Coils, new, about $35.
CDI pack, new about $50
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Are you looking at that el tigre on the wisconsin craigslist? If so, thats a nice looking sled.
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OK first thing once to have the sled, is to change the plugs, then unplug the 4 square connector coing out of the motor! Then try for spark, no spark, then jump the brown and the black wire on the engine side, check for spark! Still no spark, switch out the coil from a known running sled! If still no spark then its the CDI!
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks, for all the help guys, but i decided to go with the 86 Indy 400 instead. But thanks for all the advice!
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Why not get both? You could have a project and a running sled . That's what I'm working on right now... getting a polaris that needs some work and running my mach 1.
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Haha I would, but since im only in high school, I don't have a ton of cash, and my time is going to be limited once school starts up again, but I would like to do that.
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I'll bet you can get it running for almost nothing.
For that price, I'd jump on it, fix it and sell it for 6 times what I paid for it.
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Old 08-05-2009, 05:34 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Exactly.
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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well, I would really like to, i just don't know if i can. How much do you think this sled would sell for if it ran?
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:40 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:42 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Okay, well we'll see if it's still available after i get the indy running. Thanks for all the help!
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I'd offer him fifty bucks right now for it if I were you. Just see what they say.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:27 PM   #20 (permalink)
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He just sold it to someone else :/ oh well I guess
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