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  1. The test fixture was enclosed in a scatter shield.
  2. Back when dirt was new and I didn't know any better I used to mess around with Harley Davidsons. Changing the stator on a shovelhead Harley was a major undertaking and it wasn't unheard of to buy a new defective stator. I built a test fixture using a 1/2 horsepower 3600 RPM 110 volt induction motor. I was surprised to find there was a small but measurable load and a slight increase in temperature of the stator even though the stator wasn't connected to anything. That's when I learned about magnetic hysteresis. With a regulator connected to the stator but no load on the regulator there is a ver
  3. Could you elaborate please? every time I think I have a grasp of how motorcycle charging systems work I learn something that makes me doubt what I thought I knew.it seems to me a series regulator should also reduce the operating temperature of the stator assuming you're not drawing full capacity of the system.I suppose it's possible that the voltage of an unloaded stator might rise high enough to endanger the insulation of the stator coils but that doesn't seem likely assuming the insulation is healthy.
  4. Opinions please. Is it possible to hurt a blackbird engine by running it too lean at 2% to 10% throttle opening? By too lean I mean mid-to-high 15s.
  5. A much better solution. It will take a little bit of muscle but at least you're not likely to go too far. No guarantees at Bubba's Muffler and bait shop.
  6. Most any muffler shop will have a pipe expander. you should be able to expand the end of the mid pipe to fit the muffler. I would be very careful about what muffler shop you choose. it's a lot more difficult to make the pipe smaller.
  7. Just a suggestion. you can clean and Lube the turn signal switch by just taking the switch housing off of handlebar and possibly a shot of contact cleaner will fix your high low switch. all in all a lot less effort than removing the windshield and fishing wiring through tight places.
  8. Don't forget the Dielectric grease when you reassemble it.
  9. on the cream-colored connector you depress the metal Tang on the Spade terminal. on the white colored connector you remove the u-shaped lock piece and then release the plastic catch at the side of the terminal. H
  10. I would guess that your regulator / rectifier is probably bad. But if a new one exhibits the same behavior( falling voltage with an increase in RPM) I would investigate direct connecting the regulator to the battery. Falling voltage is a common problem on the Suzuki SV. It's usually caused by inadequate size factory wiring plus a bunch of unnecessary connectors. The Cure is to connect regulator directly to the battery with at least 12 gauge wire. I've done this on several SV's and it's always been successful.
  11. I would also suggest installing a voltmeter. It's a good window to your electrical system.
  12. Honda shows the 97 stator as no longer available. I have found a lot of negative reviews on nearly all the aftermarket Stators. The fuel injected stator is apparently still available from Honda. I've read that it is higher capacity but that's not necessarily a good thing if you don't need the extra capacity. As I understand the system it will just put extra strain on the regulator rectifier. If money is No Object a new fi stator from Honda and a series regulator from roadstercycle would be the ultimate.
  13. A quick and dirty stator tester. Three identical 100 watt light bulbs should light equally to about half Brilliance at about 3 or 4000 RPM. The service manual gives the proper testing procedure using a multimeter. According to Jack at roadstercycle you should see about 16 volts ac per thousand RPM across any 2 of the 3 yellow wires
  14. Also you may find the the length of the bearing assembly is greater for a tapered roller bearing then the ball bearing it replaced. This can force the lower seal to be out of the housing bore allowing dirt and water into the lower bearing.
  15. Not sure if I would want a lighter axle. The Stock Axl was definitely bent. Granted that was with a slick and a wheelie bar. but I think I would stay with stock for the safety Factor.
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