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I am in search of a winter project. I am considering a 1998 Suzuki VL 1500 with 57800 miles. The add says it was parked because of a faulty charging system. It indicates the seller has new parts. The pic's look good good but I haven't seen the. Bike.

Does anyone have any experience with these bikes? Any input is greatly appreciated.

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When I had my 03 these were the gentleman that helped me maintain it.
http://forums.delphiforums.com/RLCMC/me ... 2081649827
Its a Delphi forum on the 1500s.
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Going to have a look at it on Wednesday. No issues with your 03? Solid machine?
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She was a good bike. The way they were built Harley shouldve taken a good look at them for reliability. When I 1st bought it and brought it home my neighbor came running out thinking someone was stealing his Heritage because we both had straight pipes with flow thru baffles. It sounded exactly like his. On this site theres links to mods that will help it run better and more reliable besides maint links and such. If it wasnt for the missus not feeling comfortable on it on long trips I would still own it. She liked the wider seat and backrest with armrests on the wing. Funny part of owning it though I would go to cruise nights and people would think its a Harley and when I would tell them its a Suzuki they wouldnt believe me.
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Going to have a look on Wednesday, If it follows me home I will try to get some pic's posted
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What did you decide about it? The early1500 Intruders are called LC and the later once are called C90, both do have a problem with the charging system when stock and is not a hard thing to fix if you are handy working on a bike. By doing what's called a MOD 3 you can fix most of the problem as long as your Stator and other parts are good. I can give you the info on how to do the MOD.
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Went and had a look. The bike is very clean with minor dings. It was advertised with charging issues, but the sale includes a new rectifyer and stator, and gasket. It hasn't run in six years because of the charging issue. I. Will pick it up on Saturday and trailer It home. Once home I will go through it and do the stator.

Are there any other things I should be looking at/for before completing the transaction?
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Can't say I know that particular bike but have had some experience with earlier Suzuki's. Seems the problem with the older ones (GS series in particular) was with the regulator/rectifier design, they dumped the extra unused power they produced back into the stator causing them to overheat and eventually fail. The fix for that is to replace the stock regulator with a Shindengen SH775 which was a popular one used on Polaris ATV's, there's so many people converting older charging systems to that regulator that there's even knock off versions out there! If you head over to thegsresources.com there's a ton of info on this including a long write up by an electrical engineer called "The Stator Papers" Actually I've converted the regulator on my 83 'Wing to avoid having to pull the engine to change the stator, charging systems become practically bulletproof after this conversion.
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Lots to digest in the stator papers but a good read. Once I get this bike home and have a chance to look at it and try to narrow the issue
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http://www.crowitis.com/helpfiles.html Heres a link to their help pages on the LCs and C90s as they say "all you need to know!" I found her pretty easy to work on it was just taking your time and double checking what youre doing.
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Picking it up Saturday, Hopefully pics Sunday, and see. What I have gotten myself into :D .
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Not a very happy camper tonight. Was all set to pick the bike up Saturday as agreed with the seller, and get a text tonight. He sold it. Guess it wasn't ment to be
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Well that sucks. Maybe for the better, though.
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Yes could be for the better. When I was looking at the bike I asked about starting it. He said. The battery the was dead, had been sitting six years and was not to eager to make an attempt to turn it over. For the better I think. There will be others
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Pam wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:14 pm Not a very happy camper tonight. Was all set to pick the bike up Saturday as agreed with the seller, and get a text tonight. He sold it. Guess it wasn't ment to be
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Yes the seller was not very honorable. He didn't have a currant tod and I tried to pay or do a deposit, wouldn't take it. My guess is he got more money.
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If it really hadn't run in six years, you might have dodged a bullet. Bad gas in the lines, rust in the cylinders, bad tires, bad battery,...
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Yes I am thinking alought disappointed I may have dodged a bullet, Time to look for another project :D


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