85 LTD Stator Issue

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85 LTD Stator Issue

Post by rjbeck » Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:40 am

Hey guys,

Okay here is my problem. Bought a 85 LTD back in March. Ran fine for about a week. Since then my battery has been draining when running tail lights or headlight. The battery is not recharging. Took it to a Honda dealer and they informed me that the stator is bad. Which is what I had already determined. They wanted $1,800 to fix. I think I can do a little cheaper than that.

Here is my issue(s):
Do I drop the engine and replace the stator?
Do I buy used or bite the bullet and buy new?
What parts beside stator and gasket do I need to purchase?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: 85 LTD Stator Issue

Post by trike lady » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:14 pm

Yes, you do have to remove the engine to replace the stator.
Yes, on new parts.
Purchase a new regulator/rectifier.
Remove the plastic plug that joins the three yellow wires from the stator to the reg/rec solder and shrink tube them for one good connection.
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Re: 85 LTD Stator Issue

Post by HALBUDD » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:28 pm

rj I would suggest you check in to the poorboy conversion,If my stator ever goes out on my 84 or 85 I will be putting the poorboy on that way it makes it a lot easier to just change the alt. with out pulling the whole engine. Just my 2 cents Hal
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Re: 85 LTD Stator Issue

Post by firstwing85 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:26 am

Hello Roger,
I bought the same bike as you this spring and found my stator was working intermitently and getting worse all the time.
I found a receipt from when it was done last and that was 15 years ago.
I chose to order a new stator as I have collectors plate on the bike and want to keep it as origonal as I can.
I am not a mechanic but am handy with my tools and actually my engine is out right now, just waiting for the new stator.
should be here in a couple days.

I have a picture in my introduction post and you can see the bike apart, I didn't find it that hard to do the work as long as you are patient and just follow the steps..

if you choose the Poorboy! good for you. :D
if you choose to do the stator feel free to contact me and I'll help you along as much as I can.. :)

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Re: 85 LTD Stator Issue

Post by rjbeck » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:58 am

Thanks everyone for the replies. I have decided to replace the regulator/rectifier first and see if that solves the problem. If not I am going to have to drop the engine and replace the stator since I want to keep it original. One thing I forgot to mention is that I am not running any extra lights. I just would like to get it fixed before winterizing it.

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Re: 85 LTD Stator Issue

Post by tricky » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:32 pm

I admire people who want to keep the bike original, but have you ever tried to get these things fixed when your 1500miles from home...
External alternator is the only way to go.
15 mins it's out, a trip to the local auto alternator re-builder with the alternator, when it's fixed 15 mins it's back in.

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