RUCKUS CDI INSTALL - METROPOLITAN CDI INSTALL - THE CDI FILES
Ok, read this before doing anything
DO NOT USE CRIMP CONNECTORS - DO NOT USE TAPE
DO NOT USE WIRE NUTS - DO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
Once was a day when it was easy to get good information on the web, people didn't say anything if they didn't know. Well times have changed since and it's getting bad. Go to the mall, sign on the line and you get a magical computer phone which I guess also makes you an expert for whatever webforum subject you stumble onto while your on the toilet.
I'm not sure who to blame but drop shippers and people selling out of houses can't help. The basic CDI install is soldering two wires and plugging in two or three more. I know it should be simple but, in case you don't get out much, the world is being over run by brain dead zombies. We include install instructions with every CDI but some people would rather flip on the computer and get advice from someone using wire nuts and duct tape than take it from us. Part of me doesn't blame them, I find myself trying to find good info as well. After an hour or so of reading posts from keyboard jockeys and mechanical speculators I usually give up and end up on craigslist looking for bikes.
The temporary connectors shown above are some we have been holding back from POSH. Ya, they are the best 3M brand connectors. The problem is we re-install CDIs "that don't work" all day long here. Of course they work when properly installed but that's asking too much.
One huge mistake made with the Dyna CDI is people bolt the ground lead to the chassis over thick paint. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know paint is not a good ground. Shockingly a CDI will not work without a proper ground, just like a CDI will not work half the time if you connect two wires together with a crimp connector. CDI doesn't work like it should? Try removing the crimp type connectors to see if the splicer even cut through the wire sheathing. You need full contact, not one, two or no strands of a wire that has about 20. Get the point.
So please, no funky harnesses with crimp connectors, no crimp anything, no tape or wire nuts. Your goal is to make your bike faster, not try to see how much you can get away with. Save the stereo shop hack type installs for things that don't matter like turn signals and neon lights.