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post #1 of 8 Old 04-01-2019, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a 1985 250 project and the previous owner has completely backwoods engineered the electrical system. It seems to have a starting switch wired where the ignition switch goes and no wires even resembling a place to hook up the battery. The majority of the other electrical components are intact though. The mechanical issues are no problem but I am lost when it comes to anything electrical. I couldn't find any instructional videos on youtube.Where should I start?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-01-2019, 09:34 PM
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buy a used wiring harness off ebay
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That may be what I do. I'm having a difficult time with the wiring diagram. How different would the wiring be from an 06 rebel? My last option before buying one used on eBay for $100 will be trying to compare it to my 06 model.
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The Rebel has a fairly straightforward electrical system, but I have no experience with it. A replacement harness seems like a good idea. OTOH, I have completely rewired a couple of older bikes without using a single piece of the original harness. I even completely rewired a 1963 Chevy when a short destroyed the entire wiring harness. I did not try to duplicate the original harness, but wired everything separately. Electrical (12V) is easy. It's electronics where the problems arise, and aside from the CDI ignition, the Rebel does not have any of those. And the CDI is a self contained unit. But if electrical is not your thing, yeah, I'd look for a complete harness.
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That may be what I do. I'm having a difficult time with the wiring diagram. How different would the wiring be from an 06 rebel? My last option before buying one used on eBay for $100 will be trying to compare it to my 06 model.
you will want to get an 85-87 harness for the best match - i might have a good one

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Battery only attaches to the starter relay
All power to electrical system branches out from that point..
96 and up CDI wiring not comparable with 85-87 cdi module without some modifications..

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Gen1 and Gen2 are mostly enough the same for what you are going to do, pretty much plug and play, Harness Plug A to Component A, Plug B to Component B, etc, the fiddley bits are the fan-tail ends where you match up wire to wire (like turn signals and headlight) which is just making sure you have the book's wiring diagram to go color-to-color.

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