Another alternator hits the dust and not under warranty

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by C5!, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Indy Unlimited

    Indy Unlimited Long timer

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    I just replace my stator every 30,000 miles and don't worry about it the voltmeter is just a little bling now. Ride on and enjoy this great bike.
  2. c4nuck

    c4nuck Been here awhile

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    I wish I could get to 30,000 on a stator!
  3. NCD

    NCD Dirty Hairy Supporter

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    I used a single Home Depot issue propane torch to heat the flywheel and it popped right off. Made a real nice sound. Heated it for maybe 2min? BMW tool and breaker bar.
  4. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Good luck - Don't forget the special locktite :-)
    I switched to the series R/R at about 20K miles am now approaching 50K miles all good so far, but do wish for vented flywheel... not badly enough yet to go find one :photog

    To be fair most of my riding is warm weather so with the series regulator I'm not really putting very much load on the stator, I expect if I did a lot of heated gear riding I'd have burned it up by now.
  5. Reaver

    Reaver How Did I Get Here?

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  6. chinchinete

    chinchinete Learning to fly

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    Same here checking the volt: it has saved my ride twice in my GS and once in my R. I use sparkbright voltage monitor on both!
  7. c4nuck

    c4nuck Been here awhile

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    So I don't have the BMW tool 12 5 521, has anyone had luck with a more readily/cheaper available tool?
  8. chinchinete

    chinchinete Learning to fly

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    Torch, breaking bar and cursing!


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  9. c4nuck

    c4nuck Been here awhile

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    disregard my ramblings, all info found on page 27.
  10. c4nuck

    c4nuck Been here awhile

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    Hah, so in troubleshooting my charging failure, I came across this find when unbolting my R/R to check readings:
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    That sure as hell can't help! New RR on the way...

    In other news, this showed up today!
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  11. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    So the electronic "guts" of the regulator popped out of the heat sink?
    wow ... never seen a failure of that sort....
    No ... that thing will fry its self quickly without the heat sink.... :cry
  12. c4nuck

    c4nuck Been here awhile

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    It appears the 2 solder points to the heat sink failed, and with a inconsistent ground as I rode and bounced stuff around, overheated the guts which caused the black plastic casing breakdown and slight warping I see.

    When I undid the bolts the heat shield came off like a guard, not like a piece that should be attached.

    as my electrical engineer coworker stated - electrical is just smoke routing, when something fails it releases the smoke - words of wisdom there!

    New OEM RR en route, and this one being replaced under warranty as my standby. Hoping for an easy fix this weekend by plugging in a new RR.
  13. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Yup ... once the smoke gets let out it's very hard to get back into the components :(
  14. RBMann

    RBMann Been here awhile

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    Not true. The dealer can easily convert $$$ back into new smoke pre-packaged in new components.
  15. bmwroadsterca

    bmwroadsterca RadioFlyer

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    Meanwhile in other news it would appear that stalling due to a failure of a charging system warrants a recall.

    Recall Subject: Rectifier/Regulator Failure Causing Engine Stall
    Report Receipt Date: JAN 19, 2016
    NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V018000
    Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    All Products Associated with this Recall:
    Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
    SUZUKI AN400 2008-2012
    SUZUKI DL1000 2008-2012
    SUZUKI GSF1250S 2008-2009
    SUZUKI GSX-R600 2008-2010
    SUZUKI GSX-R750 2008-2010
    SUZUKI GSX1300BK 2008
    SUZUKI GSX1300R 2008-2012
    SUZUKI GSX650F 2008-2010
    SUZUKI SFV650 2009-2010
    SUZUKI VLR1800 2008-2010
    SUZUKI VZ1500 2009-2010
    Manufacturer: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.
    SUMMARY:
    Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 AN400, AN400A, DL1000, GSX1300R, 2008-2009 GSF1250S and GSF1250SA, 2008 GSX1300BK and GSX1300BKA, 2008-2010 GSX650F, GSX-R600, GSX-R750, VLR1800, VLR1800T, and 2009-2010 SFV650 and VZ1500 motorcycles. Due to a problem with the circuit board for the regulator/rectifier power module, the motorcycle may not sufficiently charge the battery and the motorcycle may stall.
    CONSEQUENCE:
    If the engine stalls while riding, there would be an increased risk of a crash.
    REMEDY:
    Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the regulator/rectifier, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 4, 2016.
  16. eddyturn

    eddyturn Eternal Wannabe Supporter

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    And the Yamaha WR250Rs all got recalled for their stators. What gives? Are we all not reporting the failures to the NHTSB?
  17. bross

    bross Where we riding to? Supporter

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    Wife's Triumph Street Triple also had a recall on her stator. Her's never died but she got the new updated one installed even though her 2010 was well out of warranty. Honda Canada was no help with my fried stator on my CBF1000, even though Honda UK and most of Europe were replacing stators even for bikes well out of warranty, with some riders on their 3rd and 4th stators.
  18. mtnmaniac

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    And count in my "new to me" '09 F800GS among the stator failures. Stator shorted to ground. New Series R/R from Jack @ roadster, Stator from Electrosport and AGM battery from BikeBandit all at 27600 miles. Not a big deal to replace any of those... We'll see how long these last.
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    michnus Lucky bastard Supporter

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  20. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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    just needs to order an electrosport replacement and it is an easy bolt/unbolt thing =)
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