9/12/11

HELP!!!

aight dudes (or ladies like april who know more about ironheads than i do) i got myself a little electrical problemo. i got stranded a couple times in town because of the bike dieing on me. i was having trouble with the bike charging while riding so i went straight to the idea that it was the generator gone bad. i got a new generator, polarized it, and recharged the battery and it seemed to have fixed the problem. well come to find out i apparently hadn't put enough riding time on the bike to really see if it was working right. i was riding to work and the piece of shit quit on me AGAIN. it sorta sputtered and popped and the motor stopped firing like it had done before so i just got on the clutch and coasted off the road. the battery had enough juice to run the lights but wouldn't turn the motor over. sooooooo after racking my brains and doing a superficial check of my wiring to make sure there were no bare spots where the battery gods were sucking the electric juices away into the atmosphere and killing my battery i am stumped!!! coil? points? voltage regulator? hidden bare spot sucking electrical juice from my mosheen? knowing me it's something reallllly stupid and easy that i just haven't learned about working on the old headaches on two wheels yet. any ideas and tips will be helpful. thanks in advance for the help and for reading all this nonsense.

7 comments:

hooligan said...

solid state or mechanical Reg? Also have you had a load test done on the battery? I would say its the reg. And if its a solid state set-up, get one from cycle electric their stuff kicks ass and they stand behind it. I wont buy cheap ass electrical parts anymore, just isn't worth paying for. If its a mech setup there are adjustments that can be done to control voltage, current and cutout closing voltage.

tjschneiderart said...

had a very similar issue . was a blown diode in my regulator end cap( cycle electric dgv 5000) . when everything was turmed off it would suck the power out of my battery. new CE 500 end cap regulator and everything is golden.

Gorgeous George said...

I believe that it's the stock regulator. 1983 xlh so I am guessing solid state?

hooligan said...

yep, solid state. If the genny passes all the tests and its not charging, get yourself a new reg. Also If you still have the stock harness on the bike there is a diode inline from the ign switch to the indicator light. if its all hooked up proper its supposed to keep current flow from the battery from going down to the reg and genny and allow current to flow from the genny and reg to the battery. If this diode goes bad it can stop current flow in both directions. They are easy enough to test with a meter that has a diode test setting.

If you have any questions feel free to hit me up at work 734 426 7000. If you get wheels on the line tell him Ethan said to put you through. Otherwise he'll just ramble on and try to help you himself.

Gorgeous George said...

Right on! Thanks for the help dudes. You guys are what it's all about, helping out a homie in need. True heroes in my book.

tjschneiderart said...

thumbs up !

Jamie said...

If you haven't tracked down your problem yet check the wiring diagram. This was years ago but I recall a similar problem and it seemed there was a component of the wiring circuit that dumped excess voltage(or grounded, I'm a dumbass) to the starter relay and that's where my problem was.