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I'm a new member having problems with the electrical system on my bike and I thought Id see if I could get some help.
Originally the battery went dead while I was riding and the bike shop told me that I needed a new stator. I put it away for a few years due to life circumstances but recently got around to working on it. I replaced the stator and got a new battery and the bike ran fine but still did not seem to be charging. only reading 12 or less while running across the battery terminals. Then I replaced the rectifier and went for a ride. After about 10 miles The rectifier melted and one of the 30 amp fuses blew. Major bummer, hey? so I got another rectifier and put it in. The volt meter then read 14.5 or so between the battery terminals so I figured I was all set.
I went on a 50 mile ride and every thing seemed fine. A week latter I tried to start it and the battery was too low, so when I took the battery cover off the battery looked swollen. I assume bloated from over charging???
Soooo that's where I am at. any Ideas would be much appreciated.
OEM parts? If you are buying cheap crap off Amazon that's the problem. V-Star 1100 Wiki Knowledge Base - Charging System (google.com)
Good morning Donn, Hoping you and the Mrs are well!
Aftermarket parts, eBay? China... ?
You need an OEM rectifier, (Roadstar r/r is much better.) OEM stator.
A bad eBay rectifier/regulator cooked my Battery in 2015, it was all swollen, the second non OEM R/R smelt like burning clutch one day, my gauges went weird, the died, the engine died, dead on the street. That's how I found out.
Also a bad R/R has been known to toast the entire system.
The Roadstar OEM is worth the extra, $$ if you run any extra load on the system, & will fit (with a squeeze) the stock location... I added extra ventilation to its cubby with a 1/2 drill bit, extra cooling.
Doing well up this way. How about you?
use the Roadstar upgrade for your reg/rec. Part #5VN-81960-00-0