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I put this conversion on little over a year ago and love it. This last weekend, I found that it was not charging the battery very well, I had the battery and alternator checked and both checked fine.

All I can figure is that the belt maybe stretching when it gets hot (been really hot here)

What do you guys think

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your gonna have to check what the charging voltage is before,after and while the bike is hot

check all your battery connections real well,normally belt being loose does not affect anything,are you running a v-belt or the serp?

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it is a belt with 3 grooves

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maybe getting a 4 grove belt would increase the charge

do you monitor in real time?

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I have a gage on the dash which shows areas of red, yellow and green, when its cold it reads in the green and as it heats up, it starts going into the yellow/red areas, depends on the rpms at the time.

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Is the volt meter correct?
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Bad wiring. Resistance vs. Heat is a factor in all electrical wiring -

Check all your connections (pull the connectors and examine the plugs and connections)

It sounds to me like you've got a bad connection that is heating up, making a worse connection.

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sounds to me like a lazy meter, you said they checked it and everything was good? then look to the wires going to your meter

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1 a four rib belt will not fit on a 3 rib pulley.

Use a hand held volt meter on the battery terminals.

Check the belt adjustment.
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How much voltage variation are we talking here?

I have the conversion on my bike as well and depending on temperature it will vary between 13.7v and 14.3v. It never really effects my battery charge though because it never gets below 12.6 or full battery voltage.

I doubt that your belt is stretching much, there isn't much give in those serpentine belts. They also don't need to be nearly as tight at a V belt to get good grip.
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