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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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It wasn't the stator

Thought my stator was going bad. Symptoms:

My voltmeter is plugged into the headlight, so it normally reads 12 volts. On one ride, it went to 10. Ran a wire directly from the battery, got new readings. Cold, the bike was putting out 14.1, no problem. But, when fully warmed up, it dropped to 12 and stayed there, sometimes going lower, like when idling at a light.

Getting home, the battery tender normally goes green (fully charged) within 30 seconds. Instead, it was taking many hours.

Starting the bike, especially on cold mornings, wasn't instant like normal, the starter took a few more revs than usual.

Adding all that up, I thought the stator had gone bad again. ^&%$#@. Had the battery tested, it was OK, so took the bike to the shop.

They called later and said the stator was fine, it was the three yellow wires out of the stator that had the problem. They have bullet connectors, and one connector had failed, so all the current was going through the other two wires. They replaced the connectors, and all is well again.

Whew! Check those yellow wires, if they look burnt there may be a problem.

Now it's time to RIDE!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 11:02 AM
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That's great! Glad you're back on the road!

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Mine are CRISPY, have been for 8 years. I cleaned and greased the unions w/ no problems. I think I'll take a day this winter and replace the wires w/high temp automotive wire.

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Is it hard to check these wires?

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i removed my connectors and had them soldered together. Usually a crispy wire means the regulator has gone bad. so check those regulators!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 03:48 PM
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Thanks EQ...for the info and the update....

Glad to learn your issue was in fact a bad connector--and not the stator.

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Is it hard to check these wires?

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Super easy. Remove the left side cover and there they are.

The journey is the destination.

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Mustang seat
R/R Relocate
MCCT
MF Battery
Red spark plug wires
Stainless Steel brake lines
Stiffer fork springs
Windshield
Givi bags, Wingrack mount
Voltmeter
GPS Mount
Pashnit sticker!
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