Don't forget the shrink tubing to insulate the connections with.I just experienced a nice electrical flameout, so to speak, on the way to work this morning. I smelled a little smoke and realized it wasn't from the truck in front of me, but from next to my left boot. As I glanced down and saw the wisp of smoke, a small flame appeared as well. I pulled over quickly and put the flashers on (really fun in the center shoulder during rush hour traffic). Sure enough, the connector to the left of the battery was charred, as were about an inch of the wires.
I'm only recently getting back into serious riding with my (bought it new) '86 Aspencade, so after doing a minor tuneup, replacing the brake pads and tires, I've been gradually riding and listening/watching/checking for anomalies. I forgot all about the dread stator connector issue after all these year.
So, is this connector on the left of the battery indeed the stator wiring (3 wires - color indistinct but probably yellow as per the manual)? And is soldering all three the standard fix? I've seena note about replacing the wire with larger gauge, but is that easy to do or does the alternator have to be dismantled?
Anyway, I'm at work so my plan is to go to Radio Shack at lunch, grab a roll of 12 gauge wire, one of those new battery soldering guns (and solder) and fix this thing so I can get it home safely. Anything else I should do at this point?
Is this the connector on the right side of the battery? Yep, that fried a few years ago and I soldered it at the time. But I'll recheck it to see how it's holding up. Thanks.pull the connector at the regulator and check that too,it can also be an evidentual problem area too