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Stator Death

Well it happened. My OEM stator on my 07 900 classic died with 28,223 miles on the Odometer. Parts on order are supposed to arrive on Thursday.
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30k miles is pretty good!

Anyone who rides the 900 enough, especially if they have an '06 or an '07, is gonna deal with it. Oh well! I'd rather replace three stators in 100,000 miles than have to install cam chain tensioners, replace valves, deal with oil leaks, blown up transmissions, bad bearings, blowby from bad rings, etc. etc. that other makes and models of bikes will have to deal with by then!

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Be sure and test reg/rect and ask any questions you may have.
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I am not even going to take a chance on the reg/rect. I am going to replace it.
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I am not even going to take a chance on the reg/rect. I am going to replace it.
I can understand how you feel. But, there is a great thread above and would suggest at least testing so you know which component failed. Even if just for future reference. Myself I don't like shot gunning parts, but I also don't want to be stranded.

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30k miles is pretty good!

Anyone who rides the 900 enough, especially if they have an '06 or an '07, is gonna deal with it. Oh well! I'd rather replace three stators in 100,000 miles than have to install cam chain tensioners, replace valves, deal with oil leaks, blown up transmissions, bad bearings, blowby from bad rings, etc. etc. that other makes and models of bikes will have to deal with by then!
I'd rather replace those than replace the stator. The ACCT's are external and super easy to replace. If this were a Suzuki forum, than the stator would take precedence.
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I'd rather replace those than replace the stator. The ACCT's are external and super easy to replace. If this were a Suzuki forum, than the stator would take precedence.
Well I'm referring to a combination. Most bikes have several common maintenance/repair items in the first 50k miles that we DON'T have.

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I considered running the tests on my Reg/Rec when I was getting ready to replace the stator, but if when I read the official Kawi procedure for testing it I found that the last step is "If the regulator/rectifier passes all of the tests described, it may still be defective. Test the regulator/rectifier by replacing it with a known good unit." I bought a new one.
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I considered running the tests on my Reg/Rec when I was getting ready to replace the stator, but if when I read the official Kawi procedure for testing it I found that the last step is "If the regulator/rectifier passes all of the tests described, it may still be defective. Test the regulator/rectifier by replacing it with a known good unit." I bought a new one.
That is certainly an option.
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After reading this thread and many others here, I have come to a conclusion. Kawasaki is junk. I rode a 1982 GoldWing for 26 years and finally gave it to my wife's son-in-law. When I passed it down, it STILL had the original fuel pump, water pump, alternator, radiator hoses, oil pump, EVERYTHING was original except the timing belts which were changed as scheduled. Yet Kawasaki's are plagued with a multitude of issues. Poor engineering, if you ask me. What do you think?

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