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Old 10-06-2011, 05:58 PM
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Regulator question

Is the regulator supposed to draw near 12V when the switch is off? I've got it on the post of my main 30A breaker. My battery keeps going dead and thinking maybe it's a bad regulator.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:02 PM
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sounds more like you are reading bat voltage,
don't know how you have your bike wired
hot wire from reg should go to bat +,
bat + to breaker
do a charging system test to confirm reg
bat voltage 12.5 v at idle
up to about 14.5 at rpm
voltage should climb smoothly and hold steady at max.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:15 PM
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To test for draw, remove the negative cable, put one of your meter leads on the negative post of the battery and connect the other to a ground(you can use the negative cable), depending on your bike you should show almost zero volts. If you are showing volts you have a draw, at that point, start unplugging things(one at a time) until the draw goes away and at that point you've found the circuit or component that is the culprit. If you have no parasitic draw then do as triker said to make sure that your charging system is functioning properly.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:26 PM
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To test for draw, remove the negative cable, put one of your meter leads on the negative post of the battery and connect the other to a ground(you can use the negative cable), depending on your bike you should show almost zero volts. If you are showing volts you have a draw, at that point, start unplugging things(one at a time) until the draw goes away and at that point you've found the circuit or component that is the culprit. If you have no parasitic draw then do as triker said to make sure that your charging system is functioning properly.
That is exactly what I did and I'm showing 12V on my meter. Bike is wired with Scooters basic wire kit. I suspect the regulator so I'll disconnect that and see if the draw goes away. Thanks guy's
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:37 PM
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Disconnect that stator first, then undo the power wire for the regulator. If you remove the power wire from the regulator first you will have disconnected two components at the same time.
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Not sure I follow Captain. Disconnect the stator plug first than the regulator wire?
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:56 PM
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Yes, if your stator is grounded/shorted and has damaged your regulator when you remove the power wire to the regulator you have eliminated the stator and the regulator from the circuit at the same time. If you condemn the regulator as the problem you could end up replacing it while still having a stator problem that will damage your new regulator. If you have a bad regulator, you will still want to do a thorough stator test to be sure that the regulator is the problem and not the symptom.
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yes, if your stator is grounded/shorted and has damaged your regulator when you remove the power wire to the regulator you have eliminated the stator and the regulator from the circuit at the same time. If you condemn the regulator as the problem you could end up replacing it while still having a stator problem that will damage your new regulator. If you have a bad regulator, you will still want to do a thorough stator test to be sure that the regulator is the problem and not the symptom.
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I have a similar problem with charging... Multimeter in the stator shows the VAC go up with revs and there is 0 VDC draw from the negative lead on the battery... I have 12.5 VDC across the terminals and when I start the bike, it doesn't change. While running, if I turn off the headlight, it goes to 12.6, but there is no ramp up to 14V with raising RPM. It just seems to stay at 12.5V.

I think that it is either the battery or the regulator. Since there is change in voltage when it is running, it sounds like it is surely the regulator.

Agreed???
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I have a similar problem with charging... Multimeter in the stator shows the VAC go up with revs and there is 0 VDC draw from the negative lead on the battery... I have 12.5 VDC across the terminals and when I start the bike, it doesn't change. While running, if I turn off the headlight, it goes to 12.6, but there is no ramp up to 14V with raising RPM. It just seems to stay at 12.5V.

I think that it is either the battery or the regulator. Since there is change in voltage when it is running, it sounds like it is surely the regulator.

Agreed???
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:44 PM
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Make sure your regulator body has a good ground, if it does, you need a regulator.
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My regulator has no specific ground to it so it uses the body....I am mounting it on the inside of my belt drive spaced approx 1 inch off the aluminum body of the belt drive with steel spacers that have star washers on both sides of the spacers (spacer to belt drive plate and spacer to regulator) Is this good enough?
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:02 AM
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My regulator has no specific ground to it so it uses the body....I am mounting it on the inside of my belt drive spaced approx 1 inch off the aluminum body of the belt drive with steel spacers that have star washers on both sides of the spacers (spacer to belt drive plate and spacer to regulator) Is this good enough?
That will be fine, but check it with an ohm meter when you're done to be sure.
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Turns out mine was a bad regulator. Thanks
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