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Old 1st November 2012
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I've got a bad generator on my '78 Sporty... I recently replaced the battery, so I'd rather not have to do it again any time soon :-P

Ideally, I'd love to change to the Cycle Electronics Gen-Reg combo, but I just don't have $400 to shell-out right now. Actually, I don't really have $275 for a standard Gen either... I bought new brushes for $12 to see if I could refresh my existing Gen, but it didn't do the trick...

Does anyone know a cheap source for a replacement 12 Volt Gen?
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Man you can't go wrong with cycle electric. Save up its worth it. DGV-5000 got the built in regulator. Almost never looses polarity.
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I'll move this to the Ironhead section, where you'll hopefully get the most replies.
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E-Bay. Look for a used OEM and get a guarantee, if possible.
Failing that, save for the Cycle Electric. It will be the best money you will ever spend on your bike.

DO NOT buy a $100.00 China/ India POS, that are currently being sold every where. They are junk and will fail quickly.
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Here is a Hitachi generator that I picked up on ebay NOS for $125 and I've seen more of them. These were used on the 1980's Sporties and Shovels and have more amps then the standard generators. Just as good as the Cycle Electric if not better, real heavy duty.

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Read the sticky. fix your own equipt...learn how to do it once and you will be able to do it for life.

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The cheapest replacement generator is the Cycle Electric.

The others cost way more when the armature shaft snaps and falls down in among the cam gears. Has happened to many on here.

+1 on fix your old generator.
Most often they just need a $15 set of brushes and a clean up.
$20 worth of new bearings and it could be as good as new.
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generator on an 80s shovel?
take it down to a place that can test it for you if you don't have the tools, you'll find out what's bad, armature, fields, since you put new brushes in, if they tell you it's alright then replace regulator.
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I've got a bad generator on my '78 Sporty...
How do you know it id bad? What tests have you done? Have you worked thru the Sticky? [especially steps 6 thru 12 but do all of them] ...

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check all your grounds...

polarize the gen..( jump from the *A* terminal on the gen, to the battery +.....one quick jump..)

ALSO..jump the regulator...

I fought an elec charging problem last year for about a month, went throught the generator, and from all testing it was working as supposed to...

new regulator, then even bought a new electronic regulator, still charging problems
( intermitant..sometimes good for a couple days then damn..dead battery..)

after making sure all the grounds were clean and solid ( motor mts etc...) I added a ground strap from the frame to the battery case, and one to the regulator mount... never had a problem again..
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