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Old 12-28-2006, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, what are the symptoms that your stator is going bad. Does it simply quit charging, or slowly quit charging, or start smoking, or what?

For what it is worth, my 87 GL1200 is charging at 15v+ at 2000 rpm, 13.5+ at idle, so is it okay?

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Old 12-28-2006, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Usually, it just quits charging or charges very little. Yours sounds fine. Check the 3 yellow wires coming out of the stator next to the front of the battery and make sure that the connector has been cut out and the wires sodered and heat shrink wraped to prevent it from burning the connector plug.

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If you get any charging at all the odds are your stator is okay. Yours sounds pretty normal.
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Hey 4evermetric,

I have a write-up on my web site on how to check your stator. Here is a link:

http://www.goldwingsite.com/StatorTest.htm

As GLester said, make sure that your connector is cut out of the three yellow wires that is just forward of your battery. if the connector is not cut out, cut the wires just below and just above the connector, slide on 2 pieces of shrink wrap on each lower wire and solder each lower wire to an upper wire and then slide on 1 piece of shrink wrap and shrink and then repeat with the second piece of shrink wrap. Whne you get done, you will have 3 solid wires with double shrink wrap over each joint.

The object is to remove that white connector which is a common problem point on the 1200's.

If you are getting 15 volts at the battery with the engine turning 2000 rpm's, it sounds like it is fine.

Mine just went out in September and I went with the Poorboy Alternator Conversion instead of replacing the stator.
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I believe the stator isin asealed housing that is part of the engine case so it's doubtful if you'll see any smoke if it goes. I think also that if you loose one of the three legs it might be possible for the bike to charge @ 2000 rpms, 13v or so, but it won't charge at idle.

It sounds like you've got a good charging system though with it working at13.5-15v. Just make sure you check/hardwire/solder all the connectors between the stator and the regulator on that beast and that should take care of most of the headaches with the charging system.
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The solder job U mention. Is what I've been told SHOULDBE DONEon my 76. Howard K. who use to write a thec. coulmn for GWRAA explained to me that that corrdided contacts at the stator are the source of some high feq. AC that was probibly the root of some electical gremlinsshowingup now and then. And that this also would dramacticly help to keep the stator from going bad.

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Hey RD, there's plenty of us Texans on this board. You need to come to one of our bi-annual Texas campouts. I come to Houston on work details from time to time. Not on the bike, but in my company van.

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Should this modification discussed be done for the 81 1100's as well?
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Should this modification discussed be done for the 81 1100's as well?
Take a look at the connectors and see if they show any signs of getting hot. If so, solder them. If not,, I'd do them anyway for peace of mind!
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Should this modification discussed be done for the 81 1100's as well?
Take a look at the connectors and see if they show any signs of getting hot. If so, solder them. If not,, I'd do them anyway for peace of mind!
Sooo .... your answer is... yes then.

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