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    • A couple of months ago the stator went out on my bike - again. I say "again" because just a few short years ago I replaced the stator. Now, the first replacement took some sweat, tears, frustration and blood. Yes, blood. I also FUBAR'd a big chunk of it and had to go back after the fact and do some maintenance maintenance.

      Back in late August my bike stopped running while in the middle of traffic. Luckily there was a parking lot nearby that I was able to coast to and wait for help. I couldn't figure out where the problem was, only that the bike wouldn't stay running once I got it started. The battery was dead.

      Fast-forward and I bring the battery home and leave it on the trickle charger overnight. It holds a charge, so now I'm thinking it wasn't the battery that was failing, which leaves either the stator or the regulator/rectifier.I take the battery back to the bike, install it and am able to ride home where I use the multimeter to check the output from the stator. Everything looks okay. Low, sure, but in the right zone for function. For example, the battery was running at about 12.28v, not the 12.75ish it should have been. AS I rev the engine, the voltage goes higher, but not as high as it should have gone. Then, as I watched, the battery slowly started losing it's charge: 12.28v - 12. 20v - 12.17v and so forth.

      I have a charging issue.

      No bueno.

      And, naturally, I don't have the $300 for a new stator and definitely not the $150 or so on top of that for the mechanic to install it. So, the bike's been sitting since August, collecting dust and just looking at me with the sense that I'm not good enough to own it.

      Then, while packing some stuff up, I open a box to find a stator from years ago. You see, when I ordered the replacement back in 2013 or so it came with "used" connectors. They were already crimped and looked like the stator might have been a return someone then resold to me. I called the company, told them I needed new connectors and they sent me a new stator instead. So, now I had an extra one that I'd somewhat forgotten about.

      I went by a motorcycle shop on Saturday (today being Monday) and tried to purchase a gasket for the bike, but naturally they didn't have any for my bike available so I had to order one. I'd hoped to work on the bike while the weather's nice, but that's not looking possible these days. While the weather isn't bad, per se, it's October in Denver where it can literally be 70 degrees one day and 20 the next. Or, vice-versa. Not to mention I'm in the midst of moving and don't have time or a place to work on the bike, especially with the sun being down when I leave for work and when I get home.


      Anywho, I just wanted to see what kind of responses I get for posting to motorcycles here on Cake.

    • Honestly changing a stator is not a big or technical job on most bikes, but you don't say which bike it is.
      Usually easiest laying the bike on its side so the oil will drain away.
      Undo all the bolts take the cover off, 7 out of 10 times the gasket will be good.
      3 to 5 bolts hold the star in place, take them out, undo the plug connector.
      Now pull, remember it's a big magnet so there will be resistance.
      Now put new one in and reverse the process.

      If you're not comfortable doing it I would suggest posting what you put ion in two places local forums and bike specific. There might be someone close by who could come help you.
      If that doesn't work try looking on YouTube for an instructional video.
      A stator swap is usually a 20 minute to an hour job on most bikes.
      Hope that helps

    • I replaced the stator once before. It was my first time and while not overly technical it was, let's say, cumbersome, as I worked my way through it.

      I ride an SV1000s. It's just a matter of having enough daylight to get it done and it not being too cold.