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I hardwired the stator and rectifier,reworked both dogbone fuses rewired coils and added a auxiliary fuse box switched on with a relay. After this work was completed -early part of summer--my in dash volt meter read 14.1 volts:cooldj: Now I installed a set of driving lights(55W each) and grip heaters.Both lights and heaters are switched and pulled power from the auxiliary fuse box. Now I don't understand what happen but with the driving lights and heaters turned off my volt meter only reads 12.3V while riding, 11.8V at idle. Checked with another meter across battery and it shows a .5(half volt) more.[line]WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE WRONG?:?
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You have done nothing wrong. Your difference in voltage is from (line loss) or resistance from the current running through the wires into your hard wired volt meter. The test right at the battery is the most accurate, the one at the mounted meter is a guideline but very close to accurate.

Your driving lights & grip heaters will tax your charging system to the max, use them when you need them like on the highway, turn them off in town or when you are not reving at 3000 rpm steady!
 
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