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Glad you got it going, but your thread cursed me. I just went thru the same troubleshooting on my generator, and yep Electronic regulator toast!..........
Damn man I'm sorry!!! maybe it was just that time though!!!
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Damn man I'm sorry!!! maybe it was just that time though!!!
I can't complain really, it was from 1985!
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I can't complain really, it was from 1985!
Lol Totally i believe the one i had on there was original as well from 83'

I appreciate your insight though man!
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Carb related? Please do elaborate, i am having some problems with my carb as well since i bought her as a project, it will only run well on reserve even on a full tank, sputs out and backfires bout 1/2 throttle while fuel is on.
Disconnect your fuel line and check your fuel flow and or dump the fuel out of your tank...you may have some dirt/debris caught on your petcock screen.


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Carb related? Please do elaborate, i am having some problems with my carb as well since i bought her as a project, it will only run well on reserve even on a full tank, sputs out and backfires bout 1/2 throttle while fuel is on.

I don't want to run into more genny problems in the near future, so will my carb in that condition screw with my reg again?
So sorry, the joke comes from a maxim often repeated on this forum; "Most carb problems are electrical in nature".

Let's see about your carb.

Going to need the maker, rebuilt yet? fuel flow from tank, [As our esteemed Canadadian brother pointed out], is the bike tuned up? etc.

As with most of the stuff bolted on to the bike, the carb is interrelated to everything else. That is, when one link in the chain ain't right a problem can arise somewhere else....which goes back to the joke once again.

Post some info please.

PS. You are smart enough to work on your own bike. That's good as these poor things were and still are, the most abused bikes ever seen till we get our hands on them and fix them properly. If you don't already have the Factory Service Manual, [and to a lessor extent, the parts manual], it's in your best interest to get em.

We are for the most part, on our own as far as fixing these old scoots. The dealers won't have anything to do with them and the aftermarket parts market is getting dryer by the year. Noob? I'd say your miles ahead of all the costume wearing "riders", out there.

Once again post back some info.
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Did you do it this way, with good grounds?

9. Here's a good way to bench test your generator:
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1. connect a jumper from the "+" battery post to the "A" armature terminal on the gen.
2. Connect a jumper from the "-" battery post to the "F" field terminal of the gen.
3. Now take a third jumper from the "-" battery post and touch it to the case of the gen.

If all is well the generator will run like an electric motor. With the gen gear pointing away from you the rotation is clockwise.
Gotta bump this thread because I have an issue here.

What if it spins counterclockwise?

Background: 1977 XLCH, no reason to believe this generator has been replaced before I got it. Performed well until the "last days" when I had to run the bike off the car battery because it would die when I took the jumper cables off the (very old) battery. During the teardown I found the brushes were worn right down, so it got the J&P rebuild kit. Double/triple checked all the connections to the pics posted in the threads here and in the stickys and it all looks correct.

But it spins counterclockwise... Or not at all if it's hooked up the other way.

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sound's like it need's to be,polarized.the F.S.M. give's the instruction's.
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Did. Made no difference.

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Or not at all if it's hooked up the other way.

Any ideas?

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Hooked up the other way? What do you mean?

What brand is the Genny?

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Hooked up the other way? What do you mean?
Positive to the F, ground to the A.

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What brand is the Genny?

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65A, factory original, for all I know. Nothing on the case/housing says otherwise.

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