As a few of you might remember, this was originally basically a question about if gas was supposed to be coming from my petcock or not asked here: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11563
Well, because that thread doesn't have much to do with the real problem, my mysterious won't idle but runs great going down the road problem, I dove into the electrical parts of the bike today and here is what I found.
The problem in a pinch is that my bike runs perfect going down the road, idles great when cold/warm, but when I take it on a decently long trip, as soon as I come to a stop, it tries to die and I have to hold the throttle open to keep it idling.
I've put in iridium plugs, AGM battery, wires are good to the plugs, drained the carbs many times, reset the air/fuel screws on the carb to various lengths, finally settling upon about 3 turns out (this has helped with the popping from de-goating), relocated the R/R, drained the fuel tank and cleaned it out, cleaned the petcock screens, ran new vacuum lines/fuel lines, re capped all vacuum ports, still have this mysterious problem. It doesn't happen all the time, long trips and random. Other times it runs like a champ!
I started getting scared thinking it was the stator and/or R/R going out, so I wanted to look at the system. After diving into the electrical system of the bike today, I found the following.
Burnt and melted connectors/insulation from the stator connectors.
Yellow wires up top that they connect to, one of the connectors was almost off the wire:
This insulation tube that covers the stator wires was FULL of an oil/crap/water mix. I squeezed it from one end to the other and it just came out like a stream, I couldn't believe it. The entire wires and connectors were all coated in this water/oil mix crap. It was nasty. A LOT came out. I took it off completely and cleaned it out 100%.
The burnt/melted insulation I cut off:
the bare bullet connectors. I replaced these to be safe, they didn't look horrible, but not great either: