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Guess 'ol faithful needs a voltage regulator n new battery (been a bear to start,or wont...!!)...parts runnin $225.Sound right??
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Aayyy....wait a minute!The "regulator" and "Rectifier"...are the SAME THING??I see the "Voltage regulator/rectifier" on Amazon for $20-$40!!!Shop told me $110!!Talk to me....
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A good replacement R/R can cost 70-80 if you upgrade to the MOSFET kits (which I am confident they are NOT doing), otherwise $40-50 for a standard off-the-shelf replacement (they aren't that great).

Batteries are about $50-60 for AGMs when I buy them. That's $100-120 in parts, and I guess the rest they're tacking you for is labor.

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Thanks but no...Rectifier is $110,battery (sealed) is $115 that's $225 parts.Spoke to guy at the shop he said (of course) that a Rectifier for $20-$50 or so is a "piece of chit,if you want one to last more than three months"...so basically pay up buddy!!
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You will always pay a mark up at a shop. It is also true you can buy cheaper parts but quality may suffer.

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Thanks but no...Rectifier is $110,battery (sealed) is $115 that's $225 parts.Spoke to guy at the shop he said (of course) that a Rectifier for $20-$50 or so is a "piece of chit,if you want one to last more than three months"...so basically pay up buddy!!
He is selling you the $20-50 part for $115. The OEM R/R is not great, nor are the aftermarket ones by Ricks, etc. However, MOSFET R/Rs that are modded to be used on our bikes are muuch better, and worth the actual $100 investment. You would not be getting that with the shop, that's for sure. www.roadstercycle.com sells kits to get you going.

As far as the battery, check this list I've compiled. http://wiki.vulcan750.net/index.php?..._AGM_Batteries

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Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


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I got my AGM battery from Advance for 57 after tax and core. I used a $30 off coupon to purchase it online, then picked it up in the store. Retail on that battery is $82.99. As far as being a bear to start, did you try the relay to the coil mod?

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No no coil mods...but I did that relocate the rectifier mod...so it would LAST!!Yes they are getting a "Rick's" rectifier...they say they are the "best" and stand by them...whatever.
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Did they test the output from the stator?

1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
NGK Iridium Plugs #7803/DPR7EIX-9
Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
Meanstreak Seat
Emgo 23-92411 Handlebars
MOSFET FH012AA R/R


1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

1998 Honda VFR800 FI

2014 Honda VFR800F

1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350
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Guess they did something...told me fixin these two things will solve my "starting" issue.
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