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I have a weak stator also on my gl1200i and I was wondering if it would help to use LED bulbs to cut down on the amount of amps the old lights pull? My headlight will dim when I step on the brake but there are the trunk lights along with the taillight.
What Dennis implied, but did not say, is that Stators are a "Constant output" device.
They will push the maximum amps for the RPM as they can develop.

the Regulator's job is to suck down ( poor term ), meaning adds enough of a load shunted to ground to keep the volts from climbing too high for the electrical system.

14.4 is optimum, 13.6 is just maintaining the battery.

So, replacing the bulbs with LEDs will just add more work for the Regulator, it won't help the Stator. The stator will continue to push out the same amount of amps as it always has.

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Thanks for all the good information! I am learning as I go along. This is my first Goldwing, had a 1978 R100\7 BMW for 32 years and always loved the Wings, so I decided to buy an old one. It's needing some TLC but nothing I can't handle with a little help. I will be replacing fork seals etc. next. This is a great forum!
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