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my mystery problem is that my stator is showing shorted to ground, but when running and the regulator disconnected i get the 50-70Vac out. If i put a 10AH battery it will charge at about 13vdc but if i put the recomended 14AH battery in it only charges at about .5v higher than the charge that the battery has in it. i had removed the stator and checked inside the case for any broken wires only to find that it look like its brand new yet (17000 miles on the bike) my question is should i just run the smaller battery, witch is what i have done for the last 3 years, or look into a new/rebuild? other than that as long as i keep the battery charged every week or so, the bike runs without any issues.
 

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Hi,

If you have it stripped down, I would put in a rewound stator. 17,000mls would be revelant if the bike was only a few years old, as it is 31yrs or so old the insulation on the windings has probably broken down.
 

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Ditto to what Trev says.



Even if a stator looks good that means nothing.If it's shorting to ground then it's kaput.It's only a matter of time before it lets you down and I couldn't stand the hassle of charging a battery every week.

The internal resistances of a larger amp hour battery are greater than that of a smaller one hence the lower voltage shown across the battery and a higher current rate required to keep the battery up-charge depending on the electrical devices being run.

If this were a TAI(Transistor Advanced Ignition) engine it would most likely not start in this condition.Luckily the CDI versions can run technically without a battery but should have one in place or a substitute to prevent damage to other parts.
 

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Shep, with TI, it could have no stator at all and still run off a charged battery. I think it was Panther last year, after stator failure, running many miles at a time with a small car battery in his trunk feeding the ignition.
 

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Shep, with TI, it could have no stator at all and still run off a charged battery. I think it was Panther last year, after stator failure, running many miles at a time with a small car battery in his trunk feeding the ignition.


I don't doubt it but that's not what I said
 
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