78 charging problem


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78 charging problem

Postby deerhunter80 » Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:06 pm



on my 78 goldwing gl1000. we have checked the stator and it is putting out a charge on all 3 wires. we then checked the regulator and found out it was bad. i ordered a regulator/rectifier to replace it and rectifier. as i was riding it the charge started to go down. granted i also purchased a new battery the night b4 and had trickle charged it all night. but when i got home with it the gauge read it was just under 8 volts. i dont know what caused the thing not to charge if anyone has any suggestions im at my wits end with this bike.



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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 28, 2010 4:21 pm

What voltage are you seeing on the three wires? It should be around 48 VAC on each of the three leg pairs.

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby deerhunter80 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:41 am

it is 48VAC

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:17 am

The regulator/rectifier you put on - was it a used part you bought somewhere?

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby deerhunter80 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:54 pm

it was purchased from regulatorrectifers.com and looked new when it got here

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:28 pm

I would jury rig a volt meter onto the output wires of the regulator, and watch to see what the voltage is doing when you go out and ride. If the regulator is producing correct voltage and your battery is still dying, you've likely got a bad connection, bad master (dogbone) fuse, or a bad battery.

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby deerhunter80 » Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:07 am

it is a brand new powersport C50-N18L battery

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:26 am

I remember you saying it was a new battery, but it's not outside the realm of possibility that a) it was bad to begin with, or b) a faulty regulator killed it. But I'd first go through those items I listed there and check them out.

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby deerhunter80 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:41 am

i found the problem. the idiots at regulatorrectifier.com forgot to send a ground wire wth this r/r and my connections on the master fuse was loose. so i fixed the connections and made a ground wire. now im on my way to Garden of the Gods in IL with it.

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:44 am

Great news! Are you using the original master fuse, or have you replaced it with a blade fuse?

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby deerhunter80 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:32 pm

im using the origional

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:15 pm

That master fuse is made of thin metal, and is right next to the solenoid. They tend to crack as they get old, and when they do crack, they can cause flaky operation like this. Most people replace them with a waterproof fuse holder like this one:



That way you can just plug a regular car "blade" 30 amp fuse into it and not worry about it ever again. I was stranded once because my old "dogbone" fuse cracked and failed. That was the last time THAT ever happened.

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Re: 78 charging problem

Postby deerhunter80 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:17 pm

i have a few of those connectors laying around i might just go ahead and put it on. thanks for letting me know. btw i put the new exhuast on and they r a little louder but i need to put some tips on. preferably some turndown tips so the hot exhuast aint hitting my saddlebags




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