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Hi all. Been a Vstar 650 rider for about 6 years now. My 650 custom has 108000 miles on it and is still running like a champ. Of course with the occasional bit of maintenance. Getting ready to put in it's 4TH! pickup coil though. :mad: I replace that thing more that I change the breaks. Not sure why. In fact that's what brought me here. Hoping to learn some new things. I've always done my own maintenance on it, and I ride the thing every day. It's my main vehicle. So any chance to learn new tips to keep it running in top shape I'm all for.
 

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Interesting problem there. Im up to only 30,000 miles on my '05 650 classic with no issues at all.

Where are you getting the replacement coils?

Is it possible there is something about the way they install that could make them fail?

From my experience of buying cars new and keeping them till the wheels fall off, several times I thought a car was at the end of its life, so I got the cheaper tires / brakes / starter / wheel bearings.... and then ended up replacing it again, because the car just kept running and running for years.
 

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Welcome to the forum, I'm with KCW regarding your replacement coils. Maybe the replacements are inferior quality or cheaply made? Keep us updated and ride safely!


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Welcome to the forum, I'm with KCW regarding your replacement coils. Maybe the replacements are inferior quality or cheaply made? Keep us updated and ride safely!
I recently had to replace my voltage regulator and while there are plenty of cheap ones online, I was advised to get an OEM as the aftermarket ones are prone to early failure. If you're using aftermarket pickup coils maybe they have the same issue.
 

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Hi all, thanks for your replies. The first one I bought was an after market since it was cheaper. After that one failed I decided to get the Yamaha one, now that one has failed so I got another yamaha one. Not sure if it's something I'm doing during the installation, maybe using the RTV gasket maker to help seal the crank case gasket? That might have something to do with it. I know some always oozes out of the side, so some must do the same on the inside.
I've also heard moisture damages them, and I ride in the rain. But I would think if any water was getting in there it would do more damage than just the pickup coil.
 

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Well the new coil is in and it roars like a beast again. Whew! I've done this job so many times it's getting easy. But this time I used no gasket sealer. I've noticed some of it kind of piles up around the stator, not sure if that has anything to do with it, but we'll see next year I suppose if I'm doing it again.
 

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Glad to hear it's running good and I hope you solved your problem. V Stars with mileage like yours are one of the reasons I chose one.
 
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