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Cleaning the R/R?

Hello again.

I pulled the R/R last night and was planning to do the relocation today, but after I pulled it off, my OCD kicked in and I have this overwhelming urge to clean it! Is this possible? Will it hurt the thing if I spray it down with some Simple Green and wipe it real well with a rag? I know it won't be in new condition but it would be a little cleaner at least!

As always, thanks for the input and guidance.

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go for it... get as much as the crud off as you can.. a wire brush might help too
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Or tooth brush. Some have relocated and painted too.

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Yeah, it's waterproof, won't hurt anything. I also have OCD (and love it), so I understand the need to do things right. I just hate it when somebody does a halfway job, even when it works. No satisfaction in it. Unfortunately, due to being shorthanded and not having enough money to buy what we need, I have to do a lot of that at work. It's "get it fixed and get it out, there is something else already overdue". Glad I don't have to work on my own stuff like that.

BTW, I'd be careful how you wire it when you relocate it, make sure you use wire at least the same size as the original if you have to splice any new wire in. The last thing you want to do is create any extra resistance in the wires. I decided to leave mine alone, and have managed to put over 125,000 miles on 2 Vulcan 750s without any electrical problems. Jerry.

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im planning on doing mine soon also, and if i remember right, if we relocate to the left side (as we sit on bike) in front of passenger peg. the stock wires wont need to be extended. this is correct right?

and if its painted, it should be a fairly thin coat. so it can cool properly. is this correct also?





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While cleaning the R/R check the connector on the harness.
I'm cleaning and relocating the R/R on my '86 and I'm worried about corrosion at the electrical connection.
We also need to clean where it can't be seen.
How can we clean the metal contacts without harming the plastic plug?

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im planning on doing mine soon also, and if i remember right, if we relocate to the left side (as we sit on bike) in front of passenger peg. the stock wires wont need to be extended. this is correct right?

and if its painted, it should be a fairly thin coat. so it can cool properly. is this correct also?
The stock wires will extend just fine for the relocation. It helps keeping the connection clean if you mount it with the plug pointed down (so nothing accumulates).
As far as paint.. I never felt the need. Think of it this way, would you put a blanket around a radiant heater? The R/R actually blends in very well at the new location without being fancied up *L*

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...I also have OCD (and love it), so I understand the need to do things right. I just hate it when somebody does a halfway job, even when it works...
Funny that the consensus is that people who want to do things well are Obsessive Compulsive (btw, I am definitely OCD!)

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Funny that the consensus is that people who want to do things well are Obsessive Compulsive (btw, I am definitely OCD!)
OCD is a term made up by lazy people, it used to be you were called a "Hard Worker". Since alot of people have no idea what hard work is or too lazy to do it. So when they see someone working hard it's easier for them to justify being lazy and say that person has a Disorder (OCD)


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I can agree with the "lazy people" philosophy as the term gets abused these days, but I truly am OCD. There are certain things that have to be done like i always have to open and close exterior doors 3 times or flip a light switch twice... and everything else has to be done thoroughly and properly.

I do have a strong work ethic being self employed, but doing a job completely and doing it well is something that I pride myself on. I do not, however, enjoy how I toiled over this R/R with simple green, CLR, and a wire brush to get the dirt and rust off of it (although I am elated with the results).

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26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
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