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Hi all, I have a project V-star 650 that I’m trying to put back together (I’m putting some progress pictures here: https://www.starbikeforums.com/forums/6-new-member-introductions/116002-hello.html#post988082), and it seems that I failed to take adequate pictures during the tear down, and now one of the wires has me pretty stumped.

Here’s a picture:
http://imgur.com/a/QPUFUst

It’s a light blue wire sheathed in black (lighter than the other blue wires on the bike), and it goes from where I’m holding it in the picture, up the frame to the top of the shock alongside the main wiring harness (in its own sheathing), goes into the main wiring harness just behind the carb intake at the top of the frame, and appears to go back down towards the battery area, wrapped in the main harness. I haven’t been able to locate where it comes out, and before I start cutting the harness open to trace it, I just thought I would ask here. The other end must go to a fuse or relay, but I can't seem to find the other end of the light blue wire. I’ve looked all through the shop manual and the wiring diagram, and still wasn’t able to figure it out. I know the wire is in the right general location because I didn’t cut the original zip tie, but there’s about a foot of wire, and therefore a foot radius where it could go. This shouldn’t be hard, but for the life of me, I can’t find a little screw anywhere that it would attach to. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Also, while we’re here – do you see where I grounded the negative battery lead (between the lowest engine mount and the exhaust header)? I don’t really like this grounding point because the ‘chrome’/plastic cover also attaches here, and it seems like it should be sandwiched in more solid metal. My understanding is that the exact location isn’t crucial as long as it’s a solid connection to the frame, but does anyone know where this is actually supposed to go?

Thanks a lot for the help in advance!!
 

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If that is on the bottom right side of the engine the only thing I can think of in that area is the brake light switch for the rear brake.

Another way to go at this is to wire everything up that you can figure out, and then see what is missing.

The bike also has a kick stand switch, and a transmission neutral switch, I think both are on the left side near the bottom of the crankcase.
 

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The bike also has a kick stand switch, and a transmission neutral switch, I think both are on the left side near the bottom of the crankcase.
Neutral switch!!! There IS a tiny screw there - that has to be it!! Thanks so much - I completely missed that because I put that cover on already and pulled the wire through to the wrong side of the bike. That's incredible - I've been confused about that for days. I'll verify when I get home.
 

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Sure enough - that was it!!
Seems obvious now. The wire even had a memory to it so it fell to about that spot, just on the wrong side of the bike but I couldn’t think outside my box. Haha I probably would have been looking on the wrong side for days before I thought to check somewhere else. Now the wiring diamgram makes total sense as well.. need my head checked or something!

https://ibb.co/n17Nz8R

Thanks a ton!!
 

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Great you found where the wire went. Noticed you posted with imgbb. When you copy image to post use the drop down menu and choose BBcode full. This is what will show when you post and not just the link.

 

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One of the most common problems new riders post here, is the bike will start up fine, then quit when they try to take off, or it wont start at all.

The kickstand and neutral switch are both necessary, because the engine will not run if the kickstand is down when the bike is in gear.

If you try to start it up in gear with the kickstand down, or start it in neutral then kick it into gear with the kickstand down, the engine just quits, with no indication of why.

If one of those switches is not working it does the same thing.

If there is any ambiguity on the remaining wires, the wire colors should tell you which is which. I think they only use 8 colors, but they use different colors on each wire in the same area of the bike. Look at the wiring diagram if you are not sure which is witch.
 

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Look at the wiring diagram if you are not sure which is witch.
Not sure if spell check got you or a good play on works. Wiring can be like a bad witches spell. ����

 

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if you translate "spell checker" into german, then french, then back into english online

it comes back as "enchantment tester"
 
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