‘12 Zx6r does not turn over but bump starts
Issue began months ago when I replaced the stator but was told I didn’t put enough loctite on the screws. I had been riding quite a while until one evening I was heading downtown, and i proceeded to warm my bike up like I usually do; all of a sudden, the bike kicks off. I engaged the start button several times, no dice. Turned over until I lost battery power. I bump start... push in neutral, get up to speed, put in 1st and give gas while letting of the clutch. Acted like it wanted to start, but cuts back off. Several attempts after recharging the battery, no dice. Over the course of several months, I tried almost everything aside from replacing the engine. Replaced starter... it turned over but didn’t start. I replaced battery, replaced voltage regulator, replaced spark plugs, replaced starter clutch (all gears). Still turned over but no dice. Then it stopped turning over altogether. I gave up and took to my neighborhood mechanic. He has it for two weeks. Tested both sides of the engine and the top end. He found the screws loosed and shaved from contact of the magneto. He replaced and put loctite and all. But he says he tested the starter which was within spec. Spark plug gaps were out of spec, he put back to spec. He tested battery under load, within spec. He says, he used slightly higher voltage, but still wouldn’t turn over. Checked cam chain and all associated parts. All within spec. Checked coil also, within spec. Voltage between switch and starter also within spec. He recommended a rebuild.
All that was in Houston. I live in Baltimore now. After my move, I bump started the bike and that’s how I’ve figured out that it bump starts without skipping a beat. I rode through all gears, but still won’t start with the switch. I get the priming sound (clicks), and it idles regular after starting, but outside of that I need haaaalp because the starter button won’t turn it over. I bought some liqui moly engine flush, but I don’t want to dump it in there and find out I’ve wasted 50 bucks flushing and putting in new oil for no reason.
I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to get taken to the cleaners by a shop over something I know I am capable of fixing. Any ideas?
Last edited by djdadd10; 10-27-2019 at 01:40 AM.