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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-07-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Need wiring help with 500 engine

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I am brand new to the site, and although not a bike owner, I am an engine owner. I am building a 03 ninja 500 powered go kart/buggy. I scored the engine, radiator, gauges, and the entire wiring harness off of a wrecked bike for practically nothing. Now here's my problem, before I got to it, someone had already taken the front end off the bike along with the ignition switch and the grip controls. I realize that it is not impossible to "hot wire" this engine, via toggle switches, ohm resistors, and push buttons, however, when searched I find very few examples (understandable, due to the possibility of theft). There are two clips/ pugs, one is small and green, containing 6 wires, the other, is large, white, contains 6 wires in the plug, and one separate brown wire. From what I've read, in the larger plug the White is 12v, the separate brown is starter, and the grey is the one that requires the resistor. Also due to the fact that this will be a buggy, where are the other unneeded switches I need to bypass and how, (ie clutch, kick stand, and tilt, if it has one). Sorry for carrying on so long, just trying to be specific. All help appreciated.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 03:57 AM
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Sounds like a fun project! Not sure if this is the proper wiring schematic for your 500, but here is a wiring diagram for a 500 of some unknown year... Unfortunately, what you really need is a pin-out of the particular connectors on the wiring harness. The striping on the wires in the harness could match that of this diagram, and then you could use those colors as reference. But I would rather go off of a connector pin out! You might be able to find that if you can track down a service manual...

Essentially, you will need to replace the ignition switch on this diagram with something that will connect the wires into that switch in a manner described in the diagram.

If you aren't on a super tight budget, I'd honestly recommend an aftermarket ECU... Something cheap that has a stock tune for the ex500. This will have a documented pin out for the ECU, such as "coil 1 on this pin, coil 2 on this pin, ignition switch in, starter switch in, etc." That will allow you to greatly simplify your wiring harness to something that contains only the components you need for running the engine and get rid of extra buttons and features that will be rather pointless on a kart.

Speaking from experience in wiring race cars, the less wire, the better. Something will go wrong or not work right. The most bare bones you can make the system, the easier getting the bugs sorted out will be. Besides, you will learn a hell of a lot about a system like that by wiring it!

Hope this helps some, let me know if you have any questions!

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I figured out how to hot wire it via the manual wiring diagram (similar to the one you pictured), given to me by a friend. It showed me everything from the clutch switch, and the stand switch to the ignition switch connections, and each handle controls. For the ignition, the white was 12v, brown was ignition, and I hooked up the grey wire with a 1/4 watt 100 ohm resistor to allow for the correct signal.

Now I have a new problem. When I first pulled the carbs a week ago The intake ports had quite a bit of rust, however, I didn't think nothing of it. Today when I struck the two start button wires together to engage the starter, it geared up but didn't budge. Brand new battery. Took off alternator cover to watch what the starter engage, gears up and nothing. I have come to the conclusion that the piston rings are seized to the cylinder walls. The engine sat only for a year, but obviously water got pass the carbs. Other than poring penetrating oil down the plug hole and waiting a week, what else could I do?
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