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I am sorry it took so long to respond to your answers to my last thread but I had to spend a little time as a guest in the VA Hospital. Better now and ready to try to fix my sick bike. I have a maintenance free battery. With the bike cranked, my Volt/Ohm meter reads as follows: 12.40 at idle, 12.60 at 2500 RPM, and 12.75 at 4500 RPM. I attempted to check the leads from the R/R IAW Clymers. First of all, I'm an electrical idiot. Every combination of leads I checked read totaly open. It could be a bad Volt/Ohm meter but when I touched the ends together, it read infinity as it should. Am I doing something wrong, or do I have a very bad R/R?
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Some Ohm meters don't read but a limited scale. See if it has an adjustable scale.

But uhm... you should be seeing 0.00 or something similar, when touching the test leads together (continuity or no readable resistance). Infinity or an infinite resistance, is the opposite situation.

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Sorry about that. I have it backwards. When I touch the leads togetheer it reads 0.00 ohms.
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If your meter reads OL, you have infinite resistance or an open. Chances are your R/R is shot but a quick check of the range scale on the meter my change your readings.

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Everything you guys have said points to a bad R/R. How much does one cost? Where is the best place to buy one? How hard is it to install?
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http://www.bikebandit.com/kawasaki-m...arts/oem-parts

select the year and model of the bike, i think they run around $90 from bike bandit

http://www.ricksmotorsportelectrics.com/

here they're around $140

-and to install its fairly easy...if i were you i would move mine to the outside passenger footpeg so it gets more airflow...
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Also check on ebay. I seen them listed for anywhere from $50 to $75 + shipping

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Don't buy the OEM R/R. It's more expensive and not very well made.
Rick's has the stator for 140, but you need the R/R which they sell for 105.
Bike Bandit was also mentioned. They sell Electrosport's R/R which is the one I went with for my R/R replacement. I got mine for 79 plus shipping.
RMStator has one for 99.
The R/R is easy to replace but I would suggest that since you are going to replace it anyway, you might as well do the relocate at the same time.
The usual place for the R/R is under the battery box. As such it is also above the goatsbelly which is a massive heat producer. Between acid spills from wet cell batteries, and the heat from the exhaust, the R/R there doesn't stand much of a chance. Most of us have move our R/Rs to the left side of the bike. I have mine mounted on a piece of scrap metal tied to the frame. Others make theirs mount to the passenger foot rest assembly. Either way, it gets the R/R out into the open air where it can dissipate heat much better.

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Can anyone direct me to an actual step-by-step R/R relocation. My searches have not come up with much.
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There are no step by step instructions here for the R/R relocate. There are however pictures in the gallery that are pretty self explanitory. Everything from round or flat stock to scrap sheet metal has been used. The trick, if you can call it that, is to correctly space the holes you drill in the mounting material. This is easily done by placing the R/R on the mounting material and marking, then drilling the holes. If you are going to use the passenger peg for the mount, then measuring from the edge of the R/R and drilling the final hole. Total hole count, 3. The same holds if you use a U bolt to mount it to the frame. So easy, even a cave man can do it.
Or you can contact Bulldog and order one of his brackets which are very nice I understand.

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