Replacing r/r--battery, too?
Howdy, as we say in California. Or not.
I've got a 92 VN750, and it's been giving me electrical trouble since I bought it a few months ago. A week after I bought it, it sat for a couple days and wouldn't start, even with a jump--I then noticed that the r/r connector was corroded and probably shorting, so I replaced that, and was able to jump it and ride it ALMOST home. Kept dying at idle. Got it to the shop by jumping it and riding with the choke way out (cojones calientes as we DO say here). They cleaned the carbs out and it started and ran OK.
They did notice that the r/r was bad and that the battery wasn't getting charged higher up the power band. They said it wasn't urgent as long as I wasn't spending most of my time with the throttle wide open, since it would charge at lower revs. OK, I figured, I'm broke, I'll do this myself when I get around to it.
So in the course of moving, I let it sit for a week and a half, and had to jump it to get it going. All right, fine, let's go--except it then died on me at about 85mph on the freeway and I couldn't get it started again.
Well, I've got my buddy's truck today and today only, neither of my shops can see it for a week--and I really need to get it running. I figure since I know the r/r is bad, I can do that myself, but is there anything else I should be doing while I'm at it? Is the battery in bad shape after all this tomfoolery? (It seemed to charge fine off a trickle charger after I replaced the corroded connector, but that was a while and several jump starts ago, and it's hard telling how well it held it.) How about the stator?
Any advice is appreciated.