Stators and Timing Belts


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Stators and Timing Belts

Postby wingy » Tue May 11, 2010 11:29 pm



Greetings from the Great White North
I am about to purchase a '84 or '86 Aspencade and in my research it seems that Stators and Timing belts are top of the list of questions to ask about.
How often do these fail?



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Re: Stators and Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 12, 2010 9:13 am

Stators - are reasonably high on the list. Timing belts - virtually never. But when they do, it's catastrophic, destroying the engine.

If you want to really check you can look at the condition of the stator plug (search for "three yellow wires" here) and see if it has become overheated. You can also check the stator output when the engine is running, and for any connection between any of the stator leads and ground (there should be zero).

As for timing belts, there's really no way to check - old ones about to fail can look just like new ones. You'll have to ask the owner, and if you don't trust his answer, then change them yourself once you get the bike.

Also ask about the rear drive, and how often the splines have been lubricated.

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Re: Stators and Timing Belts

Postby wingy » Wed May 12, 2010 9:25 am

Thanks for the info.
One owner said the stator was replaced in 2001.
The question is - what is the lifespan of the replaced stator?

I've noticed some bikes cruising down the highway with the headlight pulsing (bright and dim).
Is that the result of a failing alternator (stator) ?

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Re: Stators and Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 12, 2010 9:44 am

If the stator was replaced in 2001, I would say you're likely good to go. The stator in my bike is almost 30 years old and it's still running like new.

The flickering headlight is due to a headlight modulator - it's supposed to do that, to catch the attention of inattentive drivers, to make the motorcycle stand out in traffic. I have one on my bike!

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Re: Stators and Timing Belts

Postby wingy » Wed May 12, 2010 9:53 am

Headlite Modulator eh? -( that's my Canuckness)
It certainly does get attention.
Are there any negative effects to the charging system?

I followed your link.
Do you know which item will work on the '84 to '86 Aspencade?

Appreciate your Help. :)

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Re: Stators and Timing Belts

Postby WingAdmin » Wed May 12, 2010 10:03 am

I haven't noticed any difference to the charging system. It won't use any more than when you are using your high beam (in fact less, because it's not on full power all the time), so your charging system will have no problems.

My 1100 used a P115W modulator - I don't know for sure if that is what will be used on a 1200. You might want to ask them to be sure.

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Re: Stators and Timing Belts

Postby pdg » Fri May 21, 2010 5:07 pm

If the stator was replaced in 2001, it should be covered by a honda warranty for life (except labor), that's about $300 for the stator. As long as you religiously clean the stator connector and apply non conductive heat sink to it (monthly), you should never have a problem. Enjoy your ride. :D




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