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just got the bike out of the shop, they put in a new rr, they said the stator checked out fine and was charging. it has a new agm mf battery from autozone I just bought in october last time I rode. drove the bike home 12miles all was fine parked it in the shed and went to start it today and she was slow cranking. threw it on the charger for about an hour and the red light on the charger came on which means check battery. do you think I might have gotten a faulty battery from autozone like mentioned in the other threads and can autozone load test cycle batteries. god I hope it is just a battery issue that is still under warranty.
so what do you all think?
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did you ride it all the time over the winter??? if not it may have lost its charge and could also be a faulty battery.... i know autozone can test batterys so im assuming they can help you out... if its bad make them replace it..
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just got the bike out of the shop, they put in a new rr, they said the stator checked out fine and was charging. it has a new agm mf battery from autozone I just bought in october last time I rode. drove the bike home 12miles all was fine parked it in the shed and went to start it today and she was slow cranking. threw it on the charger for about an hour and the red light on the charger came on which means check battery. do you think I might have gotten a faulty battery from autozone like mentioned in the other threads and can autozone load test cycle batteries. god I hope it is just a battery issue that is still under warranty.
so what do you all think?
thanks.
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Start the bike and check the voltage at the battery, at 4000 rpm's you dhould have 14v-14.5v.


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got it started. battery showing 11.70 @ idle, rev her up to 4000rpm and only get 11.77
could it be the battery or did the shop not fix it with the new rr?

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Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
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splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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got it started. battery showing 11.70 @ idle, rev her up to 4000rpm and only get 11.77
could it be the battery or did the shop not fix it with the new rr?
The R/R is not working, take it back and make them fix. Don't let them BS you, They said they fixed the problem but didn't. Do not pay another penny. It is their problem!


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got it started. battery showing 11.70 @ idle, rev her up to 4000rpm and only get 11.77
could it be the battery or did the shop not fix it with the new rr?
You should see 12+v at idle and about 14.5v @4000 RPMs. I would take it back to the shop.


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battery checked good so its back to the shop with the bike. will let you know the results in a couple days.

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Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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I really thing a lot of cycle shops out there really do not know what they are doing. Most are screw shops, there are some good ones but they may be hard to find a local one. Here were I live there are no good ones. My son took his bike a few years ago to a Honda dealer to change the oil for the first time on his new bike. They stripped out the oil drain plug, and then tried all sort of things to fix it and non of their fixes worked. It was lucky that the bike had two drain plugs, he just JB welded the stripped one. Oh yes the shop said he must have stripped the plug himself, because they said they didn't do it.

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I really thing a lot of cycle shops out there really do not know what they are doing. Most are screw shops, there are some good ones but they may be hard to find a local one. Here were I live there are no good ones. My son took his bike a few years ago to a Honda dealer to change the oil for the first time on his new bike. They stripped out the oil drain plug, and then tried all sort of things to fix it and non of their fixes worked. It was lucky that the bike had two drain plugs, he just JB welded the stripped one. Oh yes the shop said he must have stripped the plug himself, because they said they didn't do it.
My last time in the dealer checked the battery, but never hooked it backup. They just left the cable loose, but touching the terminal. A few miles from the shop the cable must have warmed up and began to stretch out. The bike started to sputter and then died. No power at all. I pulled the seat and there was the battery cable, not connected to the battery. Good thing the Vn750 has a little tool set or I would have been stuck. Needless to say I had such a potty mouth for the rest of the ride home.


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I really thing a lot of cycle shops out there really do not know what they are doing.
That wouldn't surprise me. When I bought my bike, I asked them how to take the seat off. They actually told me that the bolts were located behind the plastic side panels...

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