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Having charging problems

Mechanic's Assistant: What's the make/model/year of your bike?

Having charging problems have replaced the stator, rotor, regulator and cables, TWICE got less than 500 miles since last system installed

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your motorcycle?

2003 Anniversary Ultra Classic

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your bike yourself? What have you tried so far?

Into has been to a small shop but the owner is an ex-service manager with 20+years

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

I can't think of anything just tired of having gone through this system three times and can't even go to the grocery store without wondering if I will need a tow back home

Mechanic's Assistant: How old are the tires? And have they been a problem in the past?

Tires are good less than 2k

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Motorcycle
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Motorcycle Mechanic: Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic replied 11 months ago
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I need some data to begin.

measure the battery terminal voltage, with a hand held volt meter, under the following conditions:

- ignition OFF.

- ignition ON.

- with the start button depressed.

if the battery is on a charger, disconnect it and wait a couple of hours, until the battery reads 12.8 vdc with the ignition OFF.

let me know what you find,

Steve

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I can do this but not right now the bike is at a shop so can I send you this info tomorrow
Motorcycle Mechanic: Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic replied 11 months ago

I don't advise shops.

if you want to fix this yourself, get the bike home and I'll help you.

the unfortunate truth is, most guys at motorcycle shops think electricity is magic. even after 20+ years.

I am not here to train them, I am here to help you.

Steve

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I understand your position it is not my intent to train this shop I just don't want to fund his training either the communication will be between you and I
I'm not to mech inclined on bikes but have done many cars so I'm not afraid th get my hands dirty so to speak
Motorcycle Mechanic: Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic replied 11 months ago

let me know what you find.

Steve

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