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Not charging, quick ?

So if my battery isn't charging, and I'm getting a steady 12 volt read off of it whether bike is running or not, idle or revved, is their any reason I SHOULD think it's the stator and that replacing the R/R is a shot in the dark? I'm reading other people having strange charging issues and being suggested possible stator problems, but they are getting SOMETHING more than a steady 12 volts off their bikes.
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Yes, you should be getting more than 12 volts. Unless you voltmeter is whack, you have a problem.

There is somewhere here? detailed info on how to check the stator. Hopefully someone will point you to it...and there should be a way to check the R/R.

Before doing this..recheck ALL of the stator wire, R/R and battery connnections. Sometimes a loose ground can give you a bad reading.

You should also remove the battery, put it on a charger and check it when charged.

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You should be at least 13 volts charging minimum, 14.7 maximum
Go to voltage regulator first for diagnosis, dianne has a good test procedure here on the forum i beleive;
Charge the battery first on low amps and test battery with a load tester,
If you dont have one, a fully charged, healthy battery will read 12.5 volts, if it reads 12 volts, it is not fully charged or will not hold.
There is a chart for testing the voltage regulator in the clymers manual, we should all own one of them. Let us know.
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So if my battery isn't charging, and I'm getting a steady 12 volt read off of it whether bike is running or not, idle or revved, is their any reason I SHOULD think it's the stator and that replacing the R/R is a shot in the dark? I'm reading other people having strange charging issues and being suggested possible stator problems, but they are getting SOMETHING more than a steady 12 volts off their bikes.
Thanks for any help!
Use this PDF file it should do the trick for you http://www.4strokes.com/tech/fault_find.pdf

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Thumbs up A lesson for me...

So I print our the PDF files (thanks, wkrizan) and I grab my Clymer manual and my multi tester (even though I am a multi-idiot) and get down on my back and follow the yellow wires to where one of them is disconnected. I plug it back in and now I am getting a charge.
My lesson learned is to look for the easy things before you delve into the complicated.
Thanks for all the quick responses, folks. Hopefully I'm fixed!
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90% of the time it is the simple things. Always do a visual inspection and and try reseating the plugs. After that start your T/S tree. When I worked electronics the simple things like power cords and internal fuses wasted a lot of inexperienced techs time. They almost always went to the hardest things to T/S fix not thinking of KISS(keep it simple stupid).

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