r/r and stators go bad or fail? more troubles?
do they fail over time with symptoms or just one day they decide to retire?
ever since my bike wasn't charging i have been freaking out over the charging system. replaced the r/r and was getting awesome readings on the volt meter. perfect stuff. rode the bike for a few weeks with no problems whatsoever. rode almost everyday. cold starts/ hot starts. a couple short rides and a few slightly longer rides (nothing over 30 miles). anyway on saturday i rode out to my dad's house about 20 miles away and we degoated the bike (i love it degoated btw!). pretty hot day but not a scorcher. rode home through semi-slow traffic and all was fine. i pull into my driveway and up to my gate, turn the wheel all the way to the right to reach my gate and the bike died. couldn't start it. checked the voltage on the battery and it was 11.9
charged the battery (diehard MF battery from sears) overnight and put it back in the bike. 12.6 v without starting the bike. started the bike and at idle it was at 13ish. reved the engine and it would go up to 13.8 or 13.9 and after i revved it to 5000k and released the throttle it would go up to 14v right before it would go back to about 13. right after i put the new r/r on it was going up into low 14's all the time. so its responding to the rpms.. is it a big deal its not reading up into the 14s as long as its ablve 13.5 at crusing rpms? i did NOT let teh bike warm up a lot before i did these tests.
per the charts my numbers are ok but seem low?
the stator is fine when i do the test for AC voltage. 20vac at idle and up to 70vac on all the yellow wires. all reading are roughly the same.
i have a hard time testing the r/r. doesn't like to read steady.
so i dunno why after a couple weeks my battery decided to go unless it just discharged itself normally. do you guys throw the battery tender on often even if you ride a few times per week at least?
maybe it could be bad connection somewhere or something? what is the best way to go about cleaning the connectors, etc?
i just want to be able to hit the road and not worry about the charging stuff.