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Well here is the latest on my goldwing problem, I left for a trip the day i posted the battery situation. During the trip...............on the highway............in the middle of no where (of course) the bike lost all electrical. Iremembered the infamous 3 yellow wires and found alot of corosion and a little melting, attempted a on the side of the road repair and found the wires were too short to get together after cutting them. I did the 3 basic gymnastics moves to get a signal on the cell phone to get towed to the nearest town. After getting to a Honda dealership, they finished my butcher job on the yellow wires, they checked the stator and said it was only putting out 8.5 volts.

I rented a truck and got back home, now I need to replace the stator. Would appreciate any info I can get into doing this myself. Remember....I'm a firefighter......not a mechanic. I am mechanically inclined on bikes after working in shops many years when i was younger :). Does the engine HAVE to be completly removed? The shops around here want to charge like 1200.00 just for the labor if they'll work on it at all.........so one last final word.............HELP!!!!

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I've not had to do it but heres my understanding.

Yes the engine has to come out totaly. It takes an experanced person about a day to do the complete job. Having never done a stator i would give it a day and a half to do it.

Or you could put a car alt on it.

http://home.comcast.net/~rkekeis/Alternator/alternator.htm

The guysemail addressis on the page. He is now selling a kit and i think worth the dollars and time if mine ever goes out.

Pat
 

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Thanks Pat, I went to his web site and whew...that seems like a major undertaking for me. The proceudre doesnt seem firefighter proof lol. I would like to know if anyone has a link or info on how to replace the stator myself (this could get ugly).

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I dont think:?there are any directions online. Might try getting a shop manual. I dont have one yet either but i do plan on geten one.

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dropping out the engine is more time consuming than difficult. basically EVERYTHING has to come off, plastic, radiator, carbs, muffler, rear/end and drive shaft, then it is pulled out the left side (needs a couple of helping hands and a jack. from there the stator is very accesible. While there you might as well change the clutch. And heck, the timing belts if that hasn't been done. When you put it back together you will need a new sal for the drive shaft where it goes into the rear end. Usually the after market manuals give pretty good instructions.

you will have a deeper sense of intimacy with your machine afterwards.
 

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Man this site is great, I cant tell ya how good it feels to know that there are people out there willing to help and give advice. Even while I was stranded on the side of the road all the people that stopped to try and help with water and whatever else they could,one guy from Houston even offered me his voltmeter and trusted me to send it back to him. Just sets in steel that the motorcycle brother hood is in place and strong, thanks to everyone for thier help.

I decided that I am just going to take the Goldwing to a local Honda shop and have them do the work. It's gonna cost me my left testical and maybe my marriage, but the replacement stator has a lifetime warrenty which includes the labor as long as i own the bike (impressive). And I'm going to have everything done at the same time, the starter relay/fuse wiring and the three "yellow wires" the whole nine yards, belts, water pump, clutch, timing belts, the whole nine yards. It's going to set me back a couple of grand, but I think my wing is worth it.

One last question........after my wife finds out the cost......................can i go live with someone when she throws me out?

Thanks again for all the help, everyone take care and be safe.

Jim Lovell
 

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Let me get this straight... You already got a free volt-meter, now you want some place to crash, I dunno' ???? Oh all-right, but the commute to work is going to be a killer.... :action: :action: :gunhead:
 

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You could crash at my HOUSE, but you might have trouble with the weather, try a worker at 4AM and -35 below might just be a little different then your normal runs. Good luck with with the WING and (wife). I know the feeling.
 

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Hey Chief43 & Shooter,

Thanks for the invite, but to my surprise the wife acually didnt freak about the price :shock:. But now I have to find a way to buy her a trip to Jamacia :?. Oh well, thats what marriage is about right....give and take. I plan to take the money to fix the wing.....and give her time to forget the trip to Jamacia. And no Shooter, I didnt take the guy's voltmeter (mine at home is better).

Take care and be safe

Jim
 
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