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Old 06-15-2019, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Paulywog View Post
Check Roadster Cycle,California??
Got my MOSFET from him, but he doesn't do stators. Has series type r/r kits also.

He's updated his page a bit, I noticed he says the MOSFET is OEM for some Yamaha and Suzuki bikes. Says he'll give tech support even if you bought your r/r somewhere else, and tells you how to spot the fake MOSFETs being sold cheap.
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Thanks Spockster,that's the place I was thinking of. Guy will work with you for sure.
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Over the winter, I'm dropping my engine for a coolant leak.
While I'm at it, I'm considering the tuxedo mod, since the engine will already be out.
So far at 27k miles, the stator is still good.

If the suspected failure mode is thermal expansion wearing away the insulation, is it possible to recoat it before it fails?
I'm thinking of anything from spraying it with lacquer, to brushing on clear fingernail polish, to dropping the entire stator in a bucket of lacquer.
Since it's in the inside corners of the windings, it's probably going to take soaking it.

Next question is if it would be worth it.
It might take $$$ worth of lacquer just to have enough to submerse it.

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My suspicion is that the wear thru occurs inside the already encapsulated windings. Its going to be really hard to get that stuff off without damage to the wires, i would leave it alone if its working OK

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You'd never be able to re-coat it in such a way that you'd be prolonging it's life. The insulation on the wires is super thin and applied to the wire before the winding occurs. The post-wound stator is epoxied after winding to prevent vibration, and that epoxy is probably very much intact when the wire insulation breaks down. Any additional epoxy you add would just trap heat in the stator and wouldn't do anything to prevent a short between the windings.

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Ricks is the best stator out there. A good stator has to do more than produce electricity. The Caltric stators donít push until close to 1050rpm, the Ricks start pushing at 750 and are above 13.8 by 850, and peak at 14.4 around 1000. The regulator will start backing it up around 3600. Thatís where you start stressing the stator.

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My bike will barely run at 750 rpm
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Just a lil bit of carb tuning and she’ll hit a lick.


Caltric voltage notice how high the rpm is to get above 13

Ricks voltage always 13 + (14.8 at 1100)

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I have replaced one stator at about 85,000 miles. I just recently bought a 1997 model with 27,000 miles on it. Right now it is charging fine. But I removed the bullet connectors in the three yellow wires and soldered them anyway, even though they showed no signs of overheating. I doubt I would replace another stator. Some people take shortcuts, I pulled the engine completely out of the bike, which required disassembling a good part of the rest of the bike. It was a 6 month project on and off. It's sad that this simple design flaw (having to remove the engine) has caused so many people so much grief. That and a few other things about the VN750 cause me doubts about the competence of Kawasaki's engineers. The bike would have been just as good without these issues. The VN750 turned out to be a great bike despite it's flaws. But it seems like it was designed by several different people who never communicated with each other.

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