Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Kitchener Ontario
Square Wheel Regulator
Nothing has changed, except they realized that having the line connections and crossover connections on the same side was prone to failure, 2015 on there are better varnishes and higher temperature magnet wire, which costs more money so don't expect that to be applied by Kawasaki, unless the Vender uses this on all their processes.
As to what to expect, it depends on your riding habits and location, if you are in hot climates or do a lot of stop and go riding, expect it to fail sooner. A large misconception about adding farkles, using the OEM regulator it has 00.00% effect on the stator how much load you add, as the stator is outputting 100% all the time that the RPM is sufficient to produce 100%.
If I thought it didn't matter I sure wouldn't have ripped apart my 2015 with less than 5KM on the odometer, I was very disappointed that Kawasaki was using 1980 technology on the 2015, when series regulators have been out since early 2001.
Caution ; this is my professional opinion , and when I say professional , very little in the electrical field I don't have knowledge of, and this is a hands on / what I did for a living for over 45 years knowledge . I am not about to argue about this as I have 00.00% doubt in my mind that going to a series regulator is like putting the best tires on your bike, money well spent and it only happens once ( I am running my old 2007 CompuFire regulator on my 2015) so at 9 years of use it has cost me $25 per year so far.