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traxter 500 electrical issue

I have an 01 Traxter 500. I have had this bike since 05 and know that they are prone to electrical gremlins. The bike quit recently when I was about half way through a 130km rally. While waiting 45 minutes in the rain, I checked what I could, and found that it had no spark. I also found that the headlights were out. The bike would crank, likely because I rerouted the starter button several years ago. When someone pulled me to the road, I tried the bike again and it fired right up. It then quit several more times, but I was able to restart; I think because I was shaking and rocking it. It finally quit and would not start and had to be trailored. When back to our starting point, it started again, allowing me to unload and drive into my truck. I think it is likely the mpem or the ignition switch. This problem is intermittent, and when it will not spark, the headlights also do not work. Any ideas greatly appreciated.
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update on 01 traxter electrical issue

I posted about this issue back in the fall. After this happened on the rally, the bike ran fine; used it for deer hunting and in the bush. All short trips. Same thing happened last week. Was scouting the bush for some trees that needed cutting. Bike died, restarted, died after about five feet, restarted, died. Walked home, walked back the next day figuring it would go. Nothing. Walked back home. Had my cousin tow me back with his 800 Outty. Tried the bike while under tow several times, when almost back home it started. As again when the bike quits, it seems dead; headlights do not work. Priced a new MPEM $1600. Not good. Read somewhere about bad connections in the wiring harness. Have to take it all out, strip off covering and inspect everything. Would be a pain in the arse, but better than spending 1600.
Please someone throw me a frickin bone here!
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Check on ebay, there was a mpem on there for 700. Although I've heard that the wires in the clip that goes to the mpem have a tendancy to corrode out.

Good luck and keep us posted
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ive definitely heard of loose terminals in the mpem connectors on these units, it will be worth it to strip the body, check over the vehicle harness and check the mpem connectors for anything unusual before replacing anything. i assume there are no fuses popping.
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took it apart. MPEM?

I took the bike apart to get to the mpem. My cousin is a mechanic and helped me with the diagnosis. When there is no spark, the headlights also do not work. We found the headlight wire, and it had power in to the mpem, but no power coming out. all the connectors look good. Does anyone know if this means it is the mpem? My cousin wants me to take it to the local BRP dealer to have them look at it. I don't want to spend the money at the dealer if someone can tell me it is the mpem. New mpem is 1655.00. Unfortunately not worth replacing due to age of bike.
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ok swampy

i dug out my shop manual and hopefully i can give you some help.

in the ignition section it says if there is no spark or poor spark to check the following:

check ignition system conectors if bad replace, if good:

measure battery voltage with the ignition switch in "on" position if bad: faulty ignition switch or broken wire harness or poor connection of circuit connectors. if good:

measure ignition coil primary peak voltage with a multimeter with peak voltage adaptor, if good inspect spark plug and plug cap and wire. if bad:

inspect ignition coil if bad replace, if good:

check MPEM or ignition connector.

just a guess here but i'd start by pointing my finger at the ignition coil. give that guy a good looking over. if the connections on your MPEM were all good and the unit looked to be in good shape then its probably running ok. it says in the manual that you can get an aftermarket ignition coil tester and check the coil. too bad you didn't know someone with the same bike that you could swap ignition coils with to see if yours is bad.

the other option is to bring it to the dealer. there are a lot of tests and measurements that can be done to diagnose the problem but you would need a few dealer only testing harnesses. they could tell you one way or another then you could make your decision based on what they say.

good luck brother and let me know if there is anything else i can do.
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these guys reciently stripped a 01 traxter. you might get a good price on a used MPEM or ignition coil if its worth it to you. just food for thought

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Was just wandering if anyone out there might have an extra mpem for a 2003 Bombardier traxter max xt with autoshift. I recently got one from an older gentlemen that thought the mpem was bad in, so he pulled it out and took it apart to "try and fix it" neglecting to realize that a plug along the frame was unplugged. with the computer tore apart he threw it in the garbage. I did find out from the local BRP dealership the part# I need is 710000375
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Any luck with the issue yet????? I'm dealing with the same thing right now!

With a friends bike in my shop! And He also doesn't want to buy the mpem!
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Any luck with the issue yet????? I'm dealing with the same thing right now!

With a friends bike in my shop! And He also doesn't want to buy the mpem!

cheapest mpem ive seen in a while Multi Porpose Electronic Module MPEM 710000606 710000597 Bombardie Traxter | eBay
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