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V Star cables Cold start upgrade?

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  1. Tacgtriwer
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    Hello
    Ive seen in the past where people use thicker cables on the V Star 1100 to improve starting. My bike sometimes barely cranks in cold weather. In warm weather it pops right over. Does anybody think that the larger diameter cables made a difference?

  2. yaro
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    From electrical point of view the colder temperature decreases the resistance of copper wire. I think what makes a harder start is lower voltage of the battery and thicker oil at lower temperature.

  3. quicgmicg
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    HelloIve seen in the past where people use thicker cables on the V Star 1100 to improve starting. My bike sometimes barely cranks in cold weather. In warm weather it pops right over. Does anybody think that the larger diameter cables made a difference?
    Bigger cables will always help. I know several guys that have done it including Tim B at Metric Magic.....helps with air ride systems too!

    It's not all that hard to make your own. I'm not sure what the lengths are...but all you need is some cable and copper lug ends and a little solder.......

  4. Tacgtriwer
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    Thats what I was going to do, make my own out of scrap welding cable. Im finding DIY projects are letting my mind heal....

  5. quicgmicg
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    Cool man, glad you're doin' OK.....I'm getting ready to do pods, carbs, pipes, and a few other things....c'mon down....

  6. bkman
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    I've never actually checked the voltage drop across the entire starter circuit. If it is more than .15 Volt, I'd say larger wires MIGHT help. However, if the voltage drop is due to the starter relay or another connection (including the ground), larger cables won't make that much difference. The goal is to deliver full battery power to the starter motor. Larger cables (to a certain point) will help do this, but it's a weakest link situation. If some other component or connector is limiting the power delivery, then larger cables will hardly matter.

  7. LiddleBen
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    I'm with bkman on this one. The most important thing I think, is Keeping the battery properly charged and all the connections in the circuit clean and corrosion free. Just my 2 cents worth., L.B.

  8. wzdarPaul
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    I had the same problem with my Vstar 1100.
    Just added a trickle charger and leave it hooked up
    all the time. Bike started just fine last Saturday
    morning when it was 22 degrees. It was the Toys for
    tots ride in McKinney Tx the things we do so all kids
    have Christmas.

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