2003 w/ intermittent starting issues?

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  1. Rex Gunn

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    So I have combed the threads here and done some investigating but now I need to ask. Just acquired a 2003 abs model w/30,000. Guy I purchased from gave me maintenance records all the way back to new, also included paperwork for the r/r recall having been done. Additionally he had put in brand new battery prior to selling.
    I left the keys in ignition in off position overnight and the Fourth time I go to ride it she's dead, but push started just fine. So i stop leaving key in ignition now.Rode for about an hour and battery seemed to hold a charge because when shut off she would start just fine. Ride her for about another week three or four times and then same thing occurs.
    So I disconnect negative terminal and use test light to check for a draw and nothing, no light so I guess I'm good?
    Hasn't happened again (3 days) but still leaves a thought in the back of my mind.

    Any guesses as to what may be happening? Or is it just gremlins in my starter?
     
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    Dude - go out and buy a digital multimeter. They can be had near anywhere. Autoparts stores, Sears, Harbor Freight, Radio Shack.

    Then go crack a beer and go thru this thread
    http://vfrworld.com/forums/5th-gene...how-fix-common-regulator-stator-failures.html

    After that, go to post #9 and do the tests, come back with the numbers. Untill you do that, We cant point you anywhere.


    (jeez, did the planets align and command -all vfr charging system must crap out?) :confused:


    :cool:
     
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    Ok I will do that today. Thanks
     
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    The planet gods are jealous on us because we ride VFR's...
     
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    So my charging system seems to be working. 12.6 v sitting w/ key off. 12.4 v with key in on position. 12.75v when idling. And 13.3v at 5k RPM. So im still not sure why the battery dies occasionally?
     
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    Output is on the low side.
    1. Crack your stator to R/R plug and inspect. Take a photo if your not sure.
    2. Do the stator tests as described in post #9 ---- Total of 9 readings.
     
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    Everything looks good (like brand new) and I stuck battery on charger overnight. According to electrosport fault finding guide my numbers are good so we will see. If it happens again I might have to get battery load tested again. All connections are tight.
     
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