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Stator starting to fail?

After having lunch at my favorite country cafe today, I hopped on the bike and took off, only to notice the Heads Up voltage monitor glowing red. Clutch in.. revs to idle and it is green. Up with the revs and it goes red again and then after a few minutes (I had 200 miles to go) back to green where it stayed until I gassed up. Then at idle it was red, a blip of the throttle and it went green. At speed it went back and forth between red and green for a few minutes then settled down to green. It reminds me of the old relay type voltage regulators I used to pop with a screw driver, you know, the scientific approach
Normally, it is green at idle even with heated grips on but I had no load on it today. Any ideas? BTW, 20500 miles and a 1012 model.
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Check your charging voltage, and battery. Do you have a voltmeter?
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I've got way too much electric gadgets on mine and running bright lights all the time, but mine will go red at idle when its hot and the thermostat kicks in (or my heated grips pulse on anytime.) My 2012 was new April/14 so I don't know if that will give me 2 more years battery life or not.

You are getting close to 5 years on your battery. Do you keep a charger on yours at night? That made a huge difference on mine! But if I drive in the rain not motoring the engine (in heavy stop and go traffic), sometimes it will drain my battery slightly with Admore mini brake lights And bright lights ON too (like yours sounds to be.)

That's what i use the Voltage light for. So far so good. I freaked out at first when my lights would blink every now and then, but then you can trace it down to the root cause and just limit doing what ever made it flash. It's good to always know what your voltage is and your water temps are to measure your engine's vitals. ymmv. Mine always works flawlessly and a night on the charger makes the voltage light green except when hot, at idle, and the thermostat is ON. Fast Eddie talked about his red light coming on when the thermostat kicked in at idle too.


Now Invader can tell you the way it should work, and I will listen as well.

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Sounds like a bad connection

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After having lunch at my favorite country cafe today, I hopped on the bike and took off, only to notice the Heads Up voltage monitor glowing red. Clutch in.. revs to idle and it is green. Up with the revs and it goes red again and then after a few minutes (I had 200 miles to go) back to green where it stayed until I gassed up. Then at idle it was red, a blip of the throttle and it went green. At speed it went back and forth between red and green for a few minutes then settled down to green. It reminds me of the old relay type voltage regulators I used to pop with a screw driver, you know, the scientific approach
Normally, it is green at idle even with heated grips on but I had no load on it today. Any ideas? BTW, 20500 miles and a 1012 model.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ght-relay.html


Check post 11

If the connector is OK check here, for testing stator :
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...hlight=polaris
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not sure about your indicator but mine reads red/blinking red at over voltage - that's a regulator failure I think.

by contrast I think my stator is failing because I can no longer use both the heated grips and the high beams at the same time. and I have LED headlight bulbs. with halogens it would probably never let me use either.

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not sure about your indicator but mine reads red/blinking red at over voltage - that's a regulator failure I think.

by contrast I think my stator is failing because I can no longer use both the heated grips and the high beams at the same time. and I have LED headlight bulbs. with halogens it would probably never let me use either.
Easy test to do provided you have a AC voltmeter. I have started to extract some of my posts, for now go to my Polaris Regulator install, even though I have 3 meters shown, you only need one meter and take three readings.You can post your results in either place, or under Burnt stators.
I would like to have a "How To Repair" or "How to Install Forum" where other members could post a write up and pictures, instead of spending a hour searching threads and not finding it.
As a example, I did the valve shim check, searched for a hour , finally found a thread with 3 pages of posts and some excellent pictures. It would have been nice to go to the How To forum and search under valve shim check---I have said this before---the reply was we have Stickys
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not sure about your indicator but mine reads red/blinking red at over voltage - that's a regulator failure I think.

by contrast I think my stator is failing because I can no longer use both the heated grips and the high beams at the same time. and I have LED headlight bulbs. with halogens it would probably never let me use either.
I have the same monitor, red is 12.1 to 12.6 VDC , flashing red is below 12.1 VDC
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Don't know what to think but today all is normal
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Don't know what to think but today all is normal
Check your connector by the TPS , it is difficult to unlock if you have big fingers like me , used a small screwdriver, and wiggle while pulling , see my reference to post 11, burnt connector.
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Don't know what to think but today all is normal
Lol, watch your voltage usage. It's when your thermostat kicks in, a heavy hitter, that the light will start freaking out when the system is overtaxed. It just needs overnight charging or continuous uninterrupted highway miles to charge up. To me, it sounds like your system is working as intended: you'd never know anything if you did not have the heads-up light. For further research though, there's an over 500 post thread on shunts somewhere on this site if you want some good reading
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I have the same monitor, red is 12.1 to 12.6 VDC , flashing red is below 12.1 VDC
this is the one I use on setting 3

6V 12V 24V Programmable LED Battery Level Voltage Monitor Meter Indicator J | eBay

>~15v= solid red
~14-15= green flash
~13-14=solid green
~12.5-13= blinking green
~12.1-12.5=blinking yellow
~11.8-12.1=blinking red
bellow that is off
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this is the one I use on setting 3

6V 12V 24V Programmable LED Battery Level Voltage Monitor Meter Indicator J | eBay

>~15v= solid red
~14-15= green flash
~13-14=solid green
~12.5-13= blinking green
~12.1-12.5=blinking yellow
~11.8-12.1=blinking red
bellow that is off
Another interesting option, allowing the user to program as desired, price isn't bad either,
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