I am narrowing it down to the stator as a process. I certainly won't replace the stator just for fun but will check all the steps first before doing that. I always do a ton of research before I go doing things. In this case that means I am researching what should be done on the way to the stator so I can look in to what is needed for those steps and whether or not I can reasonably expect to do them myself.
I appreciate the heads up on the shifter shaft seal. The oil leak is certainly on the left front side. I'm going to research that now to see what it is all about 🙂
I have a question: Why not check the stator first and go from there?? If the stator test's good then it's normally either the connectors at the stator, regulator, or the starting solenoid that are loosing connectivity due to age and heat and will show signs of burning or the regulator is bad and should be replaced with the OEM Shindengen regulator.
Also, be aware if the stator is indeed bad, the Ltd Ed uses a 500 watt stator and is physically larger than the 360 watt stator used in the '85 Interstate and Aspy…
Here's a Stator Test if you need it:
1- First, put the bike on the centerstand. Cut the wires on both sides of the stator connector plug. Strip the insulation aprox. 1/2"-1" back on all three yellow wires. Label each wire A, B, and C.
2- With a multimeter, digital or analog, set to read resistance, check each leg to ground for short's. If no short's are found, (o resistance), you're good to go so far.
3- With the meter set to read resistance, check across each leg. A to B, B to C, then C to A. The reading's should be about 3 ohm's. If you read infinite resistance across any of the legs you have an open winding and the stator is bad. If they read good, keep going.
4- A helper is good to have for this next step. With the battery fully charged and the three yellow wire's separated so they cannot make contact, crank the bike. Have your helper rev the bike to 3000rpm after the bike warm's up.
You are checking for AC voltage NOT DC voltage!! Make sure the meter is set to read a minimum of 120vac!!
With the bike at 3000rpm, check leg A to B. Note the voltage.
Then check leg B to C. Note the voltage.
Finaly check leg C to A. Note the voltage.
Compare the three readings. They should be between 50-70vac plus or minus about 5vac per leg. If they read good, chances are you've got a bad regulator."