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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-06-2007, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Alright I've looked through several posts and I'm not seeing what I think I need. Tonight I'm putting in my new MF Battery. When I do this I also want to test that the stator is operating properly. I bought a volt meter so I can do it, I'm just not sure how. Direction to the right link or direct help would be a great help. I had to get a "Jump" at lunch today. Can't Wait!
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I have my volt meter hooked directly to the battery. I had to wire it through a relay in the headlight bucket so the meter shuts off with the bike. If you don’t want to hook it up to a relay then you will need to install a switch to shut the volt meter off. Some people hook their volt meter directly to that wire (I think it’s yellow with a black stripe) in the headlight bucket. I just think you get a better reading at the battery.
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Sorry. My bad! A MultiMeter! The on bike meter will come with some extra cash!
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kanuck, one way to check that everything's working right is to check the battery with the multi-meter on DC (positive on positive and neg. on neg.). Before you start the bike the battery should be reading ~12.8-ish. Once you start the bike check it while idling, probably in the 11.9-ish range. Rev the motor to 2500 rpm, and then say maybe around 3500 rpm. If everything's working your meter should be reading in the high 13's to mid 14's (I'm pulling these #'s from memory, but you should be able to find more in the verses).

Make sure that you check the voltage after the bike has warmed up too, the voltages should match what you got before you warmed her up. If you aren't seeing these type of numbers, you'll need someone with more multimeter experience to help you. I figured out how to test mine, but it's been several months and I don't remember the details.


I did some digging and found my old thread here, hope this helps.

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Yeah, Ran those numbers. Best I can tell It's charging just fine. I'll be checking it over the next few days to be safe. Deffinatly FIRED! RIGHT! UP! With the new battery
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What type of battery did you get?

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It was called Magna Power or something like that. It came from autozone. I paid $69 for it. Carefull though, those guy's will try to sell you the $30 dollar one they have in stock. It is not MF. That's probably why my store had 14 in stock. lol
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I was amazed at the difference just a new battery made to my bike. If you don't have them yet, iridium plugs were about as much an improvement for cold (and I think hot, as well) starts.

On a separate and unrelated note, is Tom's Ice Cream still open there in Zanesville? I have traveled there several times with the family to enjoy that amazing place. ...You know, I could see Tom's being an Ohio VN750 gathering point for a ride one of these days. Whaddyathink?

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Yes, Tom's is still there. I don't go to often. I kinda forget about it being there. So much new growth you tend to forget the old! As far as a Gathering in zanesville. I like the idea. I'm not much of an organizer though. I actually was going to go to the Erie gathering but as fate would have it I was supposed to take my parents back home that weekend. My dad was diognosed with terminal cancer a few months ago and I think that really had a toll on my mom. She had a heart attack that weekend. Yes she survived. Had a 5 valve bypass though. I told here if she was going to do it she might as well go all the way! She laughed & is recouping well! So obviously I couldn't go.
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