Looking at a 1984 Interstate

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Looking at a 1984 Interstate

Post by Franco58 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:21 pm

Hi folks,

I'm new to the forum, and, at the moment, I don't own a Wing. I'm here because I found a relatively nice '84 Interstate with less than 30,000 miles on it for a very decent price. The guy who is selling it said that the stator plug connections have already been soldered and he replaced the regulator, but the bike wasn't charging when he had it running two weeks ago. He suspects that the stator will need to be replaced. Is that common and if so, how hard would it be to replace?

I worked on the first gen Wings at a local shop many years ago and have always wrenched my own bikes (currently a 08 Ducati S4Rs and a '98 Honda VTR), so I feel pretty comfortable with them. I guess I want to know if the stator would likely need to be replaced and what could I expect it to cost me?

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Re: Looking at a 1984 Interstate

Post by dcpeg1 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:35 pm

the stater going out is very common in the 1200. if you know how to take the motor out the job is easy and the price of stater is about 125 to 150. a lot of guys are going to the poreboy setup.

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Re: Looking at a 1984 Interstate

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:36 pm

I think if I had a 1200 and the stator was fried that yes, I'd go to a poorboy alternator as well.

That said, you should at least run it up and check the output of the stator to make sure it is in fact the stator, and not something like the regulator (or a fuse!) that is blown.

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Re: Looking at a 1984 Interstate

Post by starfleetengineer » Sat Jan 15, 2011 3:32 am

Yes they have that problem. Do the checks, and if they don't pan out, put the pooboy alt system on it. You will then have all the charging power you will ever need.

How many times do I have to tell ya,,, The right tool for the right job!

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