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My 2003 800 dark is still having starting problems after being in the shop for 4 weeks and have the starter replaced. The only thing that I could think of being an issue was the fact that I installed an 2 brothers exhaust slip-ons canisters which were designed for the 2002 bikes; testing not performed for 2003 bikes yet. Can anyone offer anything?
 

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The pipes would NOT be the problem. I bought pipes for a 99 M900 for my bike and no probs here. Your bike should start right up with NO pipes anyways. Start looking for other issues. What are your symptoms again? If its hard starting I would think it fuel related (no pressure, bad pump, loose hose) or you have a vaccum leak somewhere. Put new plugs in it to eliminate that (make sure you have spark while your at it) ....actually you know what.... Dont touch the F-in thing and find a competent dealer. This is your brand new bike and YOU shouldnt be having to worry about why the damn thing wont start..... :-(
 
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Thanks for the reply. I was considering bringing my bike to another dealer and having them deal with the bike but it's another $85.00 tow that I was trying to avoid. I might just do it Monday.
 

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??? i'm confused. if it doesn't crank that would have nothing to do with the exhaust. if it does crank, why was the starter replaced?

taking it to a different dealer is a good choice.
 

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Anyone local that can help you out? I know if I was near ya id be more than willing to help you out with the tow......
 
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Once you turn the key the bike does its normal routine (gauges light up, ECU relay click on, etc). When I press the starter buttton nothing happens. The reason why I thought maybe it had something to do with the exhaust is because the problems started after I changed the cans; it was actually the second time after the cans we started that the problems began.

Thanks for the offer regarding the tow. I'm new to Chicago and don't have many friends, those with pick-up trucks or flatbeds. I'll price other towing companies.

Anyones else have similar starting issues?
I was also informed that it'a may be a fuel richness mixture issue. I do have to admit it is possible that I mixed the gasolines improperly i.e. adding 89 grade to 93. Would that be a resolution since the aftermarket cans are less restrictive than stock?
 

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if it doesn't crank pipes, octane, etc doesn't matter. i don't have the wiring diagram for your bike, but the problem is in the starter circuit. if voltage gets to the solenoid and stops there, its the solenoid, etc. unless it's an intermittant problem any decent tech should be able to find it. after it's fixed i'd consider trying to recoup towing cost from incompetent dealer #1.
 

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might be a good idea to post your question in the Tech section. you would probably get more responses, and, perhaps someone local who could lend a hand.
 
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I would suspect that crappy immobilizer working a little too well. My 02 starts fine but one day (pre sidestand-bypass mod) I kicked up the sidestand and the bike wouldnt start. After checking ignition key, kill switch, gears, etc I moved the sidestand back down and then up again. It started after that. It hasn't happened since but I've not put many miles on my Duc and I just put on the sidestand bypass so it will start with the stand down.

I seem to recall that if you keep the ignition on for more than 6-10 seconds with the engine not running the immobilizer will disable the bike from starting. Why this seemed a smart idea I dont know, possibly to save their piss poor electrical system from burning up?
 

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i've been told that keeping an ezpass too close to the key area sometimes triggers the immobilizer. it's never happened to me, but you never know.

just a shot in the dark..
 
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I'm having my bike towed to Greg at Team MCC in Villa Park. I actually dealt with Greg before and loved his professionalism and enthusiasm. He actually thinks that it is the battery that is causing the malfunction. Anyhow, it's all good tomorrow!
 
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After having a meeting with the owner of CCC and the Supervisor of service, they had the bike malfunction diagnosed as an ECU problem. Surprisingly, the part showed up today and the bike will HOPEFULLY be wrapped up this evening. I'll keep you cats posted though.
 
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The repair is finally over. It was the ECU that was prompting my starting problem! These fu$#ers at Chicago Cycle Center put my bike on hold for favors on other Ducati's! So you Chicago cats, I'm ready to ride.
 
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After having a meeting with the owner of CCC and the Supervisor of service, they had the bike malfunction diagnosed as an ECU problem. Surprisingly, the part showed up today and the bike will HOPEFULLY be wrapped up this evening. I'll keep you cats posted though.

What part did you need to fix this? What exactly was the root cause of the problem? I have the same problem right now and I'm hoping if I can tell them what the problem is I won't have to trailer the bike the 6 hour round trip to ATL and back!
 
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