View Poll Results: Have you experienced charging problems?

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  • No - I have had no charging problems

    12 16.44%
  • Yes - My Regulator/Rectifier broke down

    18 24.66%
  • Yes - My connectors burnt

    22 30.14%
  • Yes - My wiring was bad

    5 6.85%
  • Yes - My stator failed

    1 1.37%
  • Yes - Have replaced my Regulator/Rectifier at leas twice

    6 8.22%
  • Yes - Several times with different failed components

    7 9.59%
  • Yes - Due to other problems

    2 2.74%
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Thread: Poll for Charging Problems

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    apriliaforum expert deefred's Avatar
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    Poll for Charging Problems

    Haven´t seen much polls around so I start one here.

    This one is about charging problems
    2001 RST Futura in stream Silver.
    Mods: Modified Öhlins fork from mille R, EBC brake discs, HEL front brakelines, Carbon RS 250 front fender, Wiring mod for charging. Engine related:05 map, Iridium plugs, tuneboy, derestriced intake, old mille airboot, staintunes exhaust. Lambda bung hardbrazed in the "breadbox". Öhlins mille R rear shock with 110N/mm spring and the integrated hydraulic preload adjuster. LED Voltmeter installed inside the dash for monitoring charging. Duc 999 radial m/c for brake and clutch. EBC 320mm brake discs
    NWS hugger. Equipment: Famsa tankbag,
    CBR 600 -07 MOSFET R&R FH008EE providing stable 14.4 - 14.5 V (with my wiring mod). Daytona heated grips with mccoi pwm controller and automatic chain oiler

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    apriliaforum expert meanstrk's Avatar
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    I voted "No, No problems", but I did the wiring, soldered connectors, and later added a new rectifier simply as a precaution, not because I actually needed it at the time.
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    apriliaforum expert MartDude's Avatar
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    As Meanstrk, above
    It flies sideways through time
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    2002 Futura, Silver - now sold

    1996 Moto Guzzi California 1100i

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    apriliaforum expert rdbandkab's Avatar
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    I replaced the reg/rec as stock was charging at 11.7-ish.
    Melted a brown connector long after that..... I melted a Posi-Lock as well.
    02 aprilia Futura
    15 aprilia Caponord 1200

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    apriliaforum expert Dr_Jakob's Avatar
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    I checked No.#2, but I also wanted No.#6
    I am not here. What is "here"? Isn't "here" just "there" without a "t" ?

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    apriliaforum expert RobC's Avatar
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    3 recs on two bikes in 7 years

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    apriliaforum Junkie Teulu's Avatar
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    As some of the others I cut out the brown connector and fitted Bikpaintr's rectifier as a precaution so don't know if I would have had problems.
    "Too old to rock'n'roll too young to die"

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    apriliaforum prov-nov Picky's Avatar
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    I checked #2. (though my connectors were also burnt #3)

    The stock rec fried my dash & killed a brand new YTZ14S battery.

    After new JohnB's rec, & posi-lock connectors, bike starts right up, (once even after sitting for 4 weeks).

    Looks like, need to change posi locks after reading rdb's post.

    Still looking for a dash, though.

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    apriliaforum expert Shippers's Avatar
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    Now the problem for me with this poll is it only allows me to hit one choice. With my two bikes I could hit about 4 I reckon

    Last edited by Shippers; 09-20-2010 at 04:00 AM.

    Honi soit qui mal y pense

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    apriliaforum expert flying fox's Avatar
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    2,3,4 + 6
    04 Silver,FPR Mod,Derestrict Airbox,Mille Boot,Reg/Rec Mod.,05 Map,Heated Grips,Smoked Screen,Beftura Forks,Scottoiler,Stone Chips,Scratches...

    The Art of Bodge-It Never Fails.

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    apriliaforum expert FUN DOG's Avatar
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    Battery would go dead because it wasn't getting enough charge while riding. Cut out the white and brown connectors, hardwired and ran some extra wires up to the negative battery post and haven't had a problem since (over 3 years). Stator and rectifier still stock.

    So I voted "bad wiring."

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    apriliaforum expert Katch's Avatar
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    This poll isn't helping. So far, five people said they never had a charging issue; however, some (all?) of the five did the mod preemptively. I'd like to know if the charging system was flawless on anyone's Futura while bone stock.

    "7. I will never stop thanking Ducati for their refusal to sign me in 2009" --- Max Biaggi

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    Renegade high-mount, OZ wheels, JCG custom paint, PC III, 48 psi RSV chip, painted Mille swinger, Works Performance shock, Evo airbox/K&N, oversize intake, Jet Hot coated pipes, Heli-bars, MPL clutch slave, braided lines, alarm, Pazzo's, Puig screen, carbon stuff...many more...

    '03 Futura
    Ash Black, BEF Exhaust, H-Pipe, Heli-bars, heated grips, tinted screen, alarm, 3 power outlets (2 Powerlet & Gerbing), charging LED, John's regulator, carbon hugger, Vista Cruise, MPL clutch slave, Falco forks, 320mm rotors, Pazzo's, Stebel TM80 horn, Tutoro chain oiler, K&N filter

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    apriliaforum expert Twinz's Avatar
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    I checked #3, burnt connectors but that only happened after I replaced the OEM rectifier w/John's and had soldered the connectors. It was the white connector that burned, only one contact on the rectifier side. I resoldered that connector and have had no problems since.
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    apriliaforum expert 01Futuraman's Avatar
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    +1 what he said

    my starter relay died so I just replaced the rectifier when I replaced the realy per the suggestion of many on the forum, haven't had any issues since

    Quote Originally Posted by meanstrk View Post
    I voted "No, No problems", but I did the wiring, soldered connectors, and later added a new rectifier simply as a precaution, not because I actually needed it at the time.
    Last edited by 01Futuraman; 09-16-2010 at 12:35 AM.
    Mods:rectifier replacement, soldered wires, derestricted airbox, QDC replacement with metal one, capped holes on fuel plate, basically just the standard stuff we have to do to be safe and keep them running well
    Road: 01 Aprilia Futura
    Track: 05 Triumph Daytona 650
    Dirt: 06 Honda CRF230F

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    apriliaforum Junkie Brian_M's Avatar
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    Yes, on my first Futura my rectifier broke down in the middle of a trip home. I broke down about 50 miles from home in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone service for about 20 miles in either direction. Thankfully I hitched a ride from a guy who took me to where I could get a signal on my phone. I called a friend and he came with a trailer and picked me up. My stock regulator took a shit after about 35k miles. I replaced it with Rick's reg/rec. Didn't have any problems after that. My brown connector had been removed & the wires soldered, not sure at what mileage but it wasn't there when I bought the bike with 27k on it.
    2002 Futura - Staintune's, Pazzo levers, Eagle Screens smoked windscreen, MPL Tuning Clutch slave cylinder, Mille Air boot, Derestricted, Graphite grey metallic paint
    July 2008 3000 mile trip

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