Re: Fused stator?
Will fusing the stator help? Not in all cases. In most of the cases where a stator was examined after failure it was a break down in insulation that caused the stator to fail. Actually, given the number of bikes out there the original kawasaki stator seems to be the longer lasting over the newer Electrex stators.
What fusing the stator will help prevent is the influx back to the stator due to a electrical problem. I am convinced that it saved my stator at least once when I had a short to ground. Much easier to replace that fuse then replace that stator.
Some theories on stator failure look at dirty or low oil levels, prolonged overheating conditions, such as riding in a parade, or the goats belly cooking the R/R and a fried R/R following through to the stator.
I minimized the risk factor by fusing my stator and eliminating one possible cause.
I relocated my R/R ($1.95 from the aluminum bracket at Home Depot) and degoated (Deciding to go with any type of after-market pipes will result in degoating) and hopefully eliminated another factor.
I also change my oil every 3000 miles and check oil level regularly.
One additional note.. In no way do I intend to indicate that stator failure might be due to a lack of maintenance on the owners part, although you can certainly expect problems with a neglected bike. You can do all of the above and still have stator failure somewhere along the way. Or hopefully you are one of the ones that got part of the good batch. There are a lot of VN750s out there with original stators and 30-50,000+ miles on them! I have 17,000 on my bike now and stator readings are right on the money.
Stators fail, and they fail on almost every type of bike I can think of. The thing that makes it a real bear on ours is the difficulty in replacing them!
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