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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-29-2007, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Electrical Accessories ?

Can the Vulcan 750 hold any electrical accessories cuz i would like to add fog lights, neon/led lights. and some other things i think would be cool on the bike.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-29-2007, 12:50 PM
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Hey, Stinky....

Our bike does NOT have much extra capacity in its electrical system.


See the following thread for good info on lighting:

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3440

If you want LED lights...that's fine...but you'd be better off converting your existing amber/tail lights to LEDs, first.

You can do a search, and see more info on all this in some of the other threads already here in the forums.
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Stay away from neon lights. They are a BIG draw on our electrical system.
Neons are generally brighter than LEDs, however, Neons uses lot more electricity than LEDs. In addition, Neons are less durable than then LEDs.
Take a look at this from sign makers..
117 watts vs 20 watts..
90 days vs 5 years
http://www.signindustry.com/electric...onsumption.xls
One member on the VN750 board got a neon lighted license plate frame.. It drained his battery.

Just be sure you knopw what kind of wattage you are asking your bike to handle. you only have a little to play with as it is.
Most that have added driving/fog lights replace the 55 watt bulbs with 20s

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Why are our bikes so power hungry???
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They aren't power hungry.
Stock they do just fine with a maintenance free or well maintained battery and even have a little extra to spare.
If you are talking speed power, they do fine hangin with the bigger bikes.
Even the tricked out Goldwing has to move up to a bigger alternator to handle extra doo-dads after a point.

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They are not power hungary--they just have a smaller scale charging system and the batteries do not have a very high reserve capacity.
I believe our bikes charging system (Stator/altternator) is running like 24 amps. This is not a lot and can very easily be overloaded. This is not like a car with a 600-800 cold crank battery w/ a large reserve and a 60-100 amp alternator where you can add fog lights a radar detector and some other lighting or accessoriesand have very little effect on the charging system.
If you add all this to your bike it will force the stator/alt to continiuosly charge and it will never be able to keep up with the output required and fry your regulator or your stator--OR BOTH! It most likely won't be immediate, but I would put good money on you tearing the motor out to replace the stator/alt assembly within a month.
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If you are talking speed power, they do fine hangin with the bigger bikes.
Even the tricked out Goldwing has to move up to a bigger alternator to handle extra doo-dads after a point.
Or a nuclear power plant as is needed by Dianna's hubby on his Goldwing. Man turned on ALL of his lights while behind me and I about got a sunburn from the light... Thought it all of a sudden turned day...


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Is there anyway i upgrade the chargeing system???
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The first thing you should do if you haven't already-is get a volt meter installed on the handle bars or dash area to monitor the charging system.

Hizzo or Hyperbuzzin (somebody) wound their own stator and installed it and it was working great the last I heard/remember. Maybe someone who can actually remember who did this will chime in.
That's about all you will be able to do to modify/improve the charging system. The stators available are pretty much stock specs.
There is a lot of wasted electrical current on the bulbs on our bikes. I replaced all my dash lights with T5/T6 LED bulbs and the tail light bulbs, I am replacing the rest of the bulbs with LED's as well. This should save a heck of a load on the charging system. The regular bubls are burning a lot of wattage requiring the stator to work a bit when you have brakes on and turn signals going.

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Is our headlight a 55 whatter???
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