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Zeke - CDI box dead.

Transalps have a few known problems. CDI box failure is one. The seat base over time drops and rests on the CDI boxes. This can cause damage inside where the connectors are soldered. The solder cracks causing the connectors to be loose therefore not allowing the flow of electricity.

2 weeks ago I ordered a new CDI from the States. I am still waiting for this to come in the mail. Today the bike would not start. No spark to rear cylinder. Swapped the CDI boxes around just to make sure this was the problem. Start up and the rear now has spark.

I could wait a few more days for the new CDI to arrive or have a go at fixing it. Youtube has a few videos on how to do this. Crack the box open on the other side from the connectors. Re-solder these. Tapped up the box. Connected up and the bike starts and runs. Temp fix done.

It is also suggested that the Honda CDI relocation bracket be used to get the boxes away from the seat or do as i did and bridge the frame. I used some L shape metal bracket cut to fit and the seat sits on that and does not touch the CDIs.


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