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Since I cooked a brand new stator last summer, (Got a whole whopping 137 miles on it before it keeled over) I'm going that route also. I plan on going with the internal voltage regulator unit also. My question is- what to do with the current voltage regulator already on the bike. Do you leave it in or remove it? In my searches on doing the poorboy, no one has said what to do with it.
Since you are installing an alternator that has internal voltage regulation, you MUST remove the OEM Reg/Rect unit.... if you don't you can cause a fire in the wiring because it will attempt to shunt the new alternator straight to ground
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You've been doing a lot of research I see! That is some good stuff you have posted.
Thank You Sir!

I hope it helps others looking for pulleys. I have been putting this off a couple years at least .... and I'll have time this winter it looks like.
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Since you are installing an alternator that has internal voltage regulation, you MUST remove the OEM Reg/Rect unit.... if you don't you can cause a fire in the wiring because it will attempt to shunt the new alternator straight to ground

What I was thinking .... why I'm gonna leave in place but disconnected as a backup only. Sure not gonna pull the engine to lighten a hollow rotor.
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Since you are installing an alternator that has internal voltage regulation, you MUST remove the OEM Reg/Rect unit.... if you don't you can cause a fire in the wiring because it will attempt to shunt the new alternator straight to ground
Ah ha! I thought that it should be. What I wasn't certain of, if something else used the voltage regulator to draw power from.

Wonder why no one else included that info while doing a poorboy install?
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When writing things up like this, all writers have a tendency to leave out things that "they do by rote" and don't even give it any thought....

to anyone who is familiar with electricity, as I am, worked with it for 50+ years.
my/your brain just automatically knows that if a "better regulator is available" then the old one must be disconnected.

Leave it mounted physically if you wish, just be sure all the wires to it are disconnected and isolated, be that tape, or plastic twist locks.
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The Goldwing regulator does the shunting on the AC not the DC.

If your stator isn't working nothing will be harmed leaving both it and the regulator plugged in.
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The Goldwing regulator does the shunting on the AC not the DC.

If your stator isn't working nothing will be harmed leaving both it and the regulator plugged in.
Just saying.
Thanks Ken!

So like .... when I do mine ....
.... I should disconnect the three wires from stator to reg/rec as my stator and reg/rec are still working ....
.... and then I can leave the DC side of the reg/rec connected.

Makes sense ... I just hadn't thought that part out. No power in from stator, no shunting, no heat .... just standby. Something happen to alternator, stop, unhook alternator, plug stator in, go on my way.

I still have the connector in place that I replaced with the stator and it's still pristine. My idea was to pull it apart and wrap each side (male & female) and tape each out of harms way so as to be available but not in use ....
.... and I was thinking I maybe should do same on DC side, but I guess that would be optional.



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My stator is dead, so dumping the voltage regulator isn't an issue. It'll get shelved with the other good regulators I have.
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