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Default Finally have a FUNCTIONING Charging System!!

Just got the new armature and threw it in there, put the generator back on the bike, and low and behold there's 13+ volts at the battery when running. So it looks like I now have a fully functioning charging system for the first time!

(Knock on wood) Unless there are any unknown pressing issues, I think this '78 girl is ready for the CONSTANT road now. Just have to throw on the old '60s speedo that I found and ride the hell out of her. Unfortunately I had to spend most of the summer wrenching on her, but I guess that's what you get when you buy an Ironhead in early March that wasn't taken care of very well. To be honest, I enjoy working on her almost as much as riding, so no gripes or groans there.

Just have to fine tune the carb (she isn't having a rough idle, but no biggie) and she'll be good...until the next problem arises!

This winter? Bolt-on hardtail, spring seat, small battery and mounting, different oil tank... well, we all have these dreams lists
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Well I finally got my charging system rockin and rollin, and I can't stay off the bike now.. I take it everywhere.. I still hate generators, but I gotta say, it's been GREAT so far. Y'all will excuse me, it's sunny, and I have to get to ridin'...
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Niiiiice!

I'm going to be honest, I got stranded (dead battery) and it was a pain in the ass to get the bike back home. Now that she's all "fixed" up (fingers crossed), I'm still a little hesitant to take her too far away. I'd be lying if I said I've never pushed her home (miles, upon relentless miles).

Just going to take those small steps to gain some mechanical confidence in her. I'm not afraid to fix something, it's the whole getting-the-bike-back-into-the-garage-when-she's-30-miles-away problem that bothers me.
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Hmmm...a little off subject, but I just tested out my voltage across the battery, and there's 16+ volts! Now, is there such thing as too much charging? I know the voltage regulator......"regulates" this, but I don't really know the threshold. Ideas? Suggestions? Advice?
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Hmmm...a little off subject, but I just tested out my voltage across the battery, and there's 16+ volts! Now, is there such thing as too much charging? I know the voltage regulator......"regulates" this, but I don't really know the threshold. Ideas? Suggestions? Advice?
Sounds like the v reg is toast. I would test again to be sure, then replace it.
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Sounds like the v reg is toast. I would test again to be sure, then replace it.
Ok, what's the downside if this isn't done immediately and if I continue to ride on it? Could I really mess up the battery?
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Ok, what's the downside if this isn't done immediately and if I continue to ride on it? Could I really mess up the battery?
I believe yes, it would cook the battery. Others would have a more knowledgeable opinion - i am not real good on the electrical stuff.
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