regulator rectifier hot to touch

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regulator rectifier hot to touch

Post by longhairtex » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:32 pm

i own a 1986 honda goldwing aspencade and
is it normal for the regulator-rectifier to feel hot to the touch after the bike runs for a short bike runs good for a short time then starts to backfire and eventually it will stop but will start after it cools again any help or advice is wanted being a 60 yr old disabled vet i really cant afford to take it to a mechanic and i do repairs up to a certain point myself

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Re: regulator rectifier hot to touch

Post by daveinozbikes » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:18 am

The regulator regulates the voltage to the bike from the alternator. In doing so it gets hot...notice the cooling fins. It"s important to keep it in a flow of air. So...nothing to worry about there !!! :)

OK...the trouble you"re having is 99% the pulse generator failing....classic symptoms. It resides in the case where the belts are. Get a new one and pop it in.... Dave in Western Australia

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Re: regulator rectifier hot to touch

Post by maestro319 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:21 pm

You guys make repairing your bike sound so easy. . . . "get a new one and pop it in." I woldn't know where to "pop it in". But, I guess with practice comes experience.

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Re: regulator rectifier hot to touch

Post by tricky » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:12 pm

Not a big job to install the pulse gens in the after 84 models.

Entails removing false tank, side covers, radiator, front covers.

If you havnt already got one, a workshop manual is a must if you cant take it to a shop.

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