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Hi,
I am new to the forum, I got a 1980 CX500 a couple of year ago, It was running perfectly until last week. I was going to work and the bike suddenly lost power and stop. I recharge the battery and change the spark plugs. Then it happened again. I did the test and looks like my stator is failing.
I tested all the circuits, everything checked out except 9/5, which was 30 under the limit. I was looking for solutions in the forum and found a thread from 2016.


I've found two options so far (please enlighten me if there are others). Replace stator or replace the stock CDI with Ignitech.

I would like to avoid taking the engine. Is there any other new solution since the threat is from 2016?

Thanks for your help.
AJ
 

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Just for clarification, coil 9 on the stator test is the low speed coil for the ignition system which functions like a 2 stage flywheel magneto independent of the battery charging coils.

The test you need to do here is a resistance check on the plug next to the 2 plugs that you have just tested. It's the one with the three yellow wires running through it.

There should be low resistance between any pair of the three and infinite resistance from any of the three to ground.

But on the surface of it you likely need a new stator so you could fit a caltric G8 and either the ignitech or a raesan ignition.
 

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Hi CXPHREAK, Correct, I did that one too, with the 3 yellow wires same resistance between them and infinite resistance, everything worked. After that I did the other one, that is when I found the low speed coil issue.
I want to avoid taking the engine out. Which one is the best solution for that?
And what product for ignitech or Rae-san should I use?
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Since your pulsers are still good I actually like the non hall raesan if you are looking for a quick install. It takes about as long as the ignitech to fit.

The hall is fiddlier and takes longer but it is a safegaurd against pulser failure. My experience here says to me that stator failure is common, pulser failure less so.
 

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Since your pulsers are still good I actually like the non hall raesan if you are looking for a quick install. It takes about as long as the ignitech to fit. The hall is fiddlier and takes longer but it is a safegaurd against pulser failure. My experience here says to me that stator failure is common, pulser failure less so.
Great. Thanks for tour help.
 

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Yeah, 12.5V across the battery with the engine off is good but with the engine running you have a charging issue.
On the other hand, charging issues don't usually make a CDI CX500 lose power and die.

Welcome to the forum and welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so (current problem aside) it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).
 

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Yeah, 12.5V across the battery with the engine off is good but with the engine running you have a charging issue.
On the other hand, charging issues don't usually make a CDI CX500 lose power and die.

Welcome to the forum and welcome to the world of antique vehicle ownership (they own us, not the other way around). Your bike is about 4 decades old and may or may not have had all of the maintenance necessary to keep it safe & reliable so (current problem aside) it is highly recommended to download the Factory Shop Manual for your model (available through the CX Wiki - link in my signature) and go through all of the service procedures, regardless of whether your bike has reached the specified mileage.
I also recommend looking on all rubber parts with suspicion because rubber does not age gracefully. Check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they are over 5 years old no matter how good they look & feel (old rubber simply cannot flow around the irregularities in the asphalt well enough to grip, especially if it is cool or wet). If your bike still has the original rubber brake line(s) (should be replaced every 2 or 3 fluid changes = 5 or 6 years) I recommend shopping for modern stainless braided ones (they last practically forever and double the life of the fluid). And don't forget things like the rad hoses and the boot between the engine and swingarm (they can crack on the bottom where you don't see it).
Thanks for you input Bob. I changed brakes and tires. I will definitely take a look on the rest. Thanks again
 

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Good morning, just got the Rae-san full stock kit And using manual V3, they look completely different. Do you guys have link for the installation or a video. I don't know how to connect the GY6 boxes. I have an idea but since the manual doesn’t explain it I am afraid I will mess it up.
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