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Thinking about putting an inline fuel filter on my 2002. Any ideas, suggestions, experiences?
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There is a screen as part of the petcock assembly, but no factory installed fuel filter. I was thinking of adding an inline one before the carbs, but any gunk would get trapped in the petcock screen first. So I'm not sure if it's worth doing at all?

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hi owl ; ok makes sense to inspect the filter in tank periodically. i also fused the stator leads and used 30 amp mini fuses . i see some use 20 amp fuses , are the 30's to high? ken in penfield ny
 

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I would use 20A due to the size of the wire. 30A would let too much current through. Remember the fuses are a "worse case scenario" item. IF your R/R crapped out or a Major Malfunction of your electrical system happened, the fuses would limit the amount of current "pulled" from the stator and hopefully avoid costly damage to it. You should never fuse any circuit with greater amperage than the wires connected to it are capable of handling. You risk wire meltdown, which can lead to a major short circuit or worse (fire). Chances are that the 20A's will not blow unless you really load down the electrical system, with extra lights, heated clothing, and other high amperage items.
 

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Stator fuses

The recommendation now is to use 15 amp fuses.. The following post was by Mokiman who has performed autopsies on several dead stators..

------- Original Message --------
Subject: [VN750] Re: Stator Fuses-and failures...
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 07:41:17 +0000
From: mokiman_210 <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected]
To: [email protected]


I 'spect this was in jest but just in case it isn't, don't waste your time and a good stator coil. You're not going to find out the correct size fuse by shorting the stator. Whatever you end up with is going to be way too large. Even our small stator windings can produce a short, high current pulse far in excess of its rating when dead shorted.

The correct way to size the fuse is by a calculation based on the stator's rated continuous current. Some time back we found out that the stator is rated for around 25 amps continuous (have it in my notes but not where this info came from - it does appear valid though). The stator is a 12-pole three-phase AC generator rated at ~25A continuous. In a three phase system the current in any individual leg will be the rated current / 1.732 or square root of three. This equates to a standard fuse size of 15 amps for fusing at slightly more that 100% capacity.

MokiMan
 

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red baron ;ok i fused my three yelloew stator wires with 15 amp fuses .but after reading your quote from moki-man it sounds as though this may be a futile attempt to keep the stator from damage.is this charging system as fickle as reported by the vn 750 owners out there? i thought the lucas chaging system was problamatic in the brit bikes i've owned. the japanese are well known for excellent electronics. what's the excuse? ken in penfield ny
 

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Stator failures, was Re: Fuel Filter?

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red baron ;ok i fused my three yelloew stator wires with 15 amp fuses .but after reading your quote from moki-man it sounds as though this may be a futile attempt to keep the stator from damage.is this charging system as fickle as reported by the vn 750 owners out there? i thought the lucas chaging system was problamatic in the brit bikes i've owned. the japanese are well known for excellent electronics. what's the excuse? ken in penfield ny
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We don't know why the stators fail for sure. The bikes first made in the late 80's don't have anywhere near the rate of problem as the later models. We do know that kawa switched mfgs at one point and that seems to be related. Also weak batteries put more demand on the stator and charging system, and that tends to make them run hotter and shortens life. Other theories are dirty oil and low oil levels also contribute to the failures as well as regulators that have not been relocated and still sit over the goat belly and overheat as well stressing the system. In addition adding too many electrical accessories, poor grounds, corroded connectors all can overstresses the system, etc.. So, you see, we are long on theories and short on facts. The relocation of the regulator, the fusing of the leads, the replacing the battery with a gel battery and replacing that every two years are all proactive prevention measures, non of which we can conclusively prove helps. There is a general article on stator failures here, it is not vn750 specific that is at the bottom of this post I made a while ago.
Hope this answers some of your questions.


-------- Original Message -------- Subject: Re: [VN750] stator questionDate: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 22:28:32 -0500From: Red Baron (Chris Eggleston) <[email protected]>Reply-To: [email protected]o: [email protected], Dianna Hughey <[email protected]>References: <[email protected]>

(dianna, can you delete the earlier post? this post contains the link)

I see the other two replies assumed a bit of knowledge. You said newbie
- correct? So I'll try a brief summary about the stator issues.

- The stator is like the car alternator. It generates the power to charge the battery and run the bike.
- sometimes the stators die. Happens in all bikes. Ours is annoying when it does because it requires an engine pull to replace it.
- We don't know why the stators fail for sure, but so far seems to be heat related.
- The stators in the older bikes don't seem to fail as often. Theory is that Kawa changed vendors sometime around '90 or so.
- Things you can do to try to ward off a stator failure.
-- Keep your oil clean and always up to or above the top mark. Oil is what cools the stator. If oil is low not enough to cool stator, dirty oil retains more heat. My stator failed when my oil level was between the two lines. So did Joe's. Coincidence? I'm betting not. I now always keep my oil level filled above the top line so I can only see one tiny tiny air bubble, and I check it before every ride. If I'm on the road on
a multiple day trip, I check it each morning, and I have an small bottle of Oil I carry with me to keep it topped off. Paranoid? Yeah. Good for the bike? Yeah.
-- make sure you have a good battery. A weak battery puts extra strain on the charging system
-- check your electrical connections at least yearly and make sure there is no corrosion poor connectors cause heat, because of increased resistance, heat can cause fire, increased resistance puts more strain on charging system.
---- check your grounds, make sure they are clean and tight
---- check your stator leads - the three yellow wires and the
connectors, make sure they are clean
---- check your other electrical connectors and make sure they are clean
---- a light coat of dielectric grease when you put the connectors back together helps keep out the moisture and the corrosion away.
----- replace your wet cell battery with a gel battery when you can
afford it, and before you spend money on anything else for the bike. The wet cell battery can get low on water and become a weak point. Acid can spill and eat away at your battery box and electrical junction box
-- some times the RR (rectifier/voltage regulator) dies

Here is a good article on Stators and rectifiers and some of the typical
causes and problems.

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/JET_AV8R/Vision/Stator/Stator.html

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Re: Fuel Filter? (stator care etc,)

thanks red for your response on the charging system dilemma .after reading all info sent i now have a better understanding of the importance of a good battery along with clean and tight connections.on my 2001 w/8600 mi. i have since installed ; interstate mf battery, relocated the rr on left side near pass. ft. peg,installed a volt gauge,fused the 3 yellow stator(15amp.)non electric; mounted new dunlop 404's,changed and bled break fluid (dot4), lubed splineshaft(honda moly)changed oil & filter (rotella 15W-40) changed rear drive gear oil. i bought a new thermostat and plan on flushing the cooling system and adding fresh anti-freeze soon. the vulcan is running great, hopefully i'll continue to have good luck with it. after my years with the royal enfield 750 i think i'm adjusting well to the opposite gear and brake lay out . regards ken in penfield ny p.s also installed a new mustang wide regal seat,all for now.
 
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