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I know this has been beat to death, but I have had my wing for a year now and have had two failures with the charging system, but never stranded. both failures were the connectors, not the main components

How many miles and/or years have you been without having to replace? Poor boy kits excluded of course.

I have spliced all connectors to the charging system and plan to ride this bike for a long time. But long trips.........................well there's the thought in the back of my mind of failure 5-600 miles from home. I currently have the funds for the poor boy kit.....................but ...............

Some say the system will fail period. Some say with the week points, the connectors, fixed, not so much. That's why I have posted the question above.

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If the connections are all kept clean, most of them will give many miles of good service.

It will help a lot though, if you will move the regulator from the stock location and put it where it can get some airflow around it. It runs way too hot in the stock location.
 

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It seems like 60,000 is the magic stator number. I've seen an number of them fail around 60K, including my own on my '86 and one on the '84 Standard I bought as a fixer. I talked with a guy at Wing Ding a couple of years ago that had around 300,000 miles on his 1200, all him. I asked about anything he had to do to it in that time and he said the stator had been replaced about every 60,000 miles. I didn't check for the 3 wire fix so I don't know if that was done on his bike or not. It was done on my '86 sometime before 44K when I bought it. When mine failed, I knew it was going to fail probably1000 miles before one leg failed completely, because of my LED voltmeter. It dropped into the low charging area, around 12 volts. If you don't already have a volt meter installed, get one. It can save you some grief. I personally like the LED kind because it's more noticeable than a dial gauge.

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One thing a lot of folks seem to forget is that it usually takes twenty years for the stator to fail. If you've replaced it and remedied the connector problems there's no reason it should fail for another score of years. It's pretty counterproductive to fixiate on one part of the bike failing but remember how many years the machine worked just fine. That's why I don't carry spare parts. You will never be carrying the right one if you have problem.
 
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