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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Okehampton, southwest England
There was a company called Overland Custom over here in the UK several years ago that marketed an oil cooler kit for the VN750. Basically, it consisted of an adapter plate that went between the filter & the engine with pipes leading to a cooler which mounted in front of the radiator. Unfortunately Overland went broke a few years ago but I do remember that the kits they sold were made in the USA so they may still be available over there somewhere. Can definitely see the benefits of having one in a hot climate, doesn't matter so much here in England. We get the odd day when it may go over 90'F in the summer but it doesn't generally get that hot. Think I have just been lucky with my stator, my bike has covered nearly 77,000 miles now & it's still on the original one. (Touch wood!) I think that keeping the oil clean & topped up to the correct level has a lot to do with preventing the problem occuring. Also pays to keep all the electrical connections clean on anything to do with the charging system so that resistance doesn't build up & fry things. By-products of combustion in the oil are very acidic which can attack the insulation on the stator windings. My other bike (a Suzuki GS1000G) burnt out it's stator a couple years back & the guys at the machine shop which rewound it said that they had rewound several VN750 stators which showed signs of the insulation being eaten away (possible by dirty oil) rather than simply being burned by the heat or as a result of some other charging system fault such as regulator/rectifier problems.
1991 BMW K1100LT
1980 Suzuki GS1000G