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50K on stator?

Has anyone gotten over 50,000 miles on the original factory stator?

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the stator will last many miles if you don't burn it out
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I have just about 28K on my 09 Classic LT and would love to see 50K from my stater, I avg about 10-11K a yr so I hope I make it thru this season. I thought about adding extra lights to the bike but I don't think I wanna put anymore stress on my stater, regulator, Or me worrying if its gonna go out or not.

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Or me worrying if its gonna go out or not.
Install one of these on your speedo dash, it sticks and you can drill a hole and hide the wires and hole underneath this gauge.


http://www.customdynamics.com/LED_ba..._and_Chargers_
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Install one of these on your speedo dash, it sticks and you can drill a hole and hide the wires and hole underneath this gauge.


http://www.customdynamics.com/LED_ba..._and_Chargers_
Hey thanks for the heads up Degreaser! Thats not a bad price for knowing what your charging systems doing. I assume that you must have one, and it only has a pos and neg that runs directly to the battery?

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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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"and it 'only has a pos and neg that runs directly to the battery?"

If you run it directly to the battery you'll be draining the battery when you're parked. You connect the positive to a switched power lead like running lights. That way when you pull the key the gauge shuts off too.
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and it only has a pos and neg that runs directly to the battery?
Not to the battery, The diode wires connected to turn signal bulb wires inside the speedo, the diode wires are only about 6 inches long, you take your speedo off and cut the gray and green wires going to the turn signal bulb and then solder in the diode wires, the diode prevents both LED left and right turn signals from flashing at the same time, which they will both do if you install LED turn signals without the diode kit. I can give a more detailed description of how-to-do once you decide to install LED turn signals.
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Hey thanks for the heads up Degreaser! Thats not a bad price for knowing what your charging systems doing. I assume that you must have one, and it only has a pos and neg that runs directly to the battery?
Oops, sorry for my previous posting about diode kit, I was thinking diode kit for turn signals when I should have been thinking battery gauge, the battery gauge wires do not run to the battery, you solder in the battery gauge wires inside the speedo to the dash bulb, you take off your speedo and drill a small hole on the speedo dash for the 2 gauge wires, solder the wires to the bulb wires and stick the gauge over the drilled hole hiding it and the wires, the gauge has a sticky tape backing.
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