Join Date: Aug 2011
Year/Make/Model: 2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE
Color: Orange SE
There was a fairly detailed thread a while back itemizing the things that people who had longer lasting stators were doing.
1- NO accessories. Kawasaki may say that the Stator can handle 70 watts over, but the fact is the people that got more life out of it had basically nothing over stock, no light bars, no espresso makers, etc.
2- Di-electric grease on connections. It's been theorized that the stator ends up working overtime due to moisture and corrosion on certain connections, such as the battery, and especially the regulator. Take the plugs out of the regulator, spray in some di-electric grease, and use the same stuff on the battery terminals. Keeps the juices flowing so the stator doesn't have to work harder to make up the difference.
3- Replacing the battery. Most people replace a battery when it fails, but with these notoriously weak stators, special attention is needed. If you jump your bike and let the stator charge it up, that's a serious and damaging drain. If at all possible, avoid that. On a lesser, but still prominent note, batteries that are a couple years old will lose more charge when it sits and cause the stator to work harder, plus just generally cause more draw as it ages. If you replace your battery every couple of years then you will probably contribute to stator health.
So to recap- grease the connections, replace the battery frequently, no accessories, and you probably could get 50k out of it. (That's just my theory anyway, formulated from what I've been reading in the time I've been active in these forums)
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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS SE
iPod Connector Kit, Kuryakyn Highway Pegs, Mustang Touring Seat, Marvella's Hitch, Kuryakyn Trailer Wiring Kit, Haul-Master Tag-a-Long Cargo Trailer
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Past: 2006 Vulcan 900 Classic LT