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    FH020AA Regulator Install

    Not a How-To or a recommendation. Just some data.

    My Futs first two Regulators lives averaged 47K miles each.
    The OE performed poorly and lasted a few thousand miles less
    than the good performing aftermarket I purchased from Borella.

    I did a ton of web research and settled on the Shindengen FH020AA.
    Did not buy ebay used for fear of supporting stolen motorcycles.
    Shopped Rick's Electrics & RMStator, the latter of which had an
    interesting Mosfet generic. I have Rick's products in bikes.
    Bought the regulator for $106 shipped from RoadsterCycle.
    The web is full of copies & counterfits for this device.

    The received part has an metal backplate and heatsink
    assembly that is similar to the quality products I'm used to
    from the automotive industry.
    Last edited by rblue02; 11-18-2017 at 11:57 AM.
    '02 Futura, Blue
    94.5k miles and all is well.

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    The FH020AA has integrated connectors.
    RoadsterCycle sells a connector kit.
    The mating connector for the stator might interfere with a fairing gusset,
    but if so, I imagine the gusset could be trimmed.

    I chose independant gold plated terminals.
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    Last edited by rblue02; 11-18-2017 at 11:04 AM.
    '02 Futura, Blue
    94.5k miles and all is well.

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    A lot going on in the previous picture.

    Each regulator output has a 10awg wire soldered to the two OE wires each. (off picture)
    Each stator wire is extended with a yellow 14/16 awg wire, which is bigger than the stator wire.
    The wires are soldered and shrink wrapped, as are the regulator terminal ends.
    The wires are formed toward and tie wrapped to the Fut aluminum backing plate.
    Two small holes drilled in the aluminum backing plate provide a tie wrap point. This provides vibration and shock relief.
    Last edited by rblue02; 11-18-2017 at 12:01 PM.
    '02 Futura, Blue
    94.5k miles and all is well.

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    This pic shows the blue fairing gusset that comes close to the stator wires.
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    This pic shows the regulator markings,
    and the fairing screw that had to be shortened so as not
    to contact the regulator heatsink fins.
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    Last edited by rblue02; 11-18-2017 at 11:55 AM.
    '02 Futura, Blue
    94.5k miles and all is well.

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    Terminals I used to interface the FH020AA.
    Care had to be taken so the solder did not flow into the
    connector pin mating area. Cost was $7 for 7 pcs.
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    '02 Futura, Blue
    94.5k miles and all is well.

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    Looks pretty robust. Any voltage differences from the last one?
    JD

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    Just fired the bike up to confirm proper install & operation and saw 14.2V at idle.
    Reports are this unit holds a steady voltage over revs and runs cool
    due to its Mosfet design.
    '02 Futura, Blue
    94.5k miles and all is well.

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    Very nice, and thanks for sharing the info.

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    OK, went for a 45 minute ride to reach nominal battery charge.
    At shutoff, my battery read 12.75 V.
    While running, the battery voltage was 14.2V from idle to 4k RPM.
    '02 Futura, Blue
    94.5k miles and all is well.

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    That'll do
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    I just remembered a question I have about this job:

    To ensure that I have a good end-to-end connection I'm thinking of going with new dedicated wires to the battery terminals (in other words, not connecting to the wires currently used by the R/R output).

    1) Would you consider that to be a good or bad idea?

    2) If I do go that route, how long would you say I need the leads to be, to go from the connectors at the bottom of the R/R to the battery?

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by rblue02 View Post
    Each regulator output has a 10awg wire soldered to the two OE wires each. (off picture)
    Each stator wire is extended with a yellow 14/16 awg wire, which is bigger than the stator wire.
    The wires are soldered and shrink wrapped, as are the regulator terminal ends.
    The wires are formed toward and tie wrapped to the Fut aluminum backing plate.
    Two small holes drilled in the aluminum backing plate provide a tie wrap point. This provides vibration and shock relief.

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    I also used an FH020AA to replace the OE recently, but was unable to find any connectors for it. I replaced the OE as the bodge soldering I'd done to remove the brown connector a couple of years ago was playing on my mind, and I was getting less than 14V at 4k revs.

    I used large female spade terminals (around 9mm IIRC) and after crimping them to the appropriate wires (12 or 10 AWG) I put a layer of heatshrink on, and then a larger heatshrink over that, with the end left unshrunk to fit over the male tab of the RR.

    I used dielectric grease to keep water out of these connections and tape to prevent water reaching them in the first place. I'm confident that they're considerably better protected than the original set up was.

    With (fused) +ve & -ve direct to the battery, voltage is constant 14.37.
    2003 Futura, blue.
    Mods: metal fuel QD, FH020AA R/R, K&N, airbox mod, GPR exhausts, R&G, starter solenoid upgraded, FPR mod, top box rack, side stand, 05 map, fuel tank drains plugged, ignition coils and leads, Oxford heated grips.
    Previously: ZX6R 636, Firestorm VTR 1000, ZZR600, KR-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photoRotor View Post
    That'll do
    Indeed!

    Nice clean install.

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    Heres a kit I just found on Amazonn

    https://www.amazon.com/CISNO-Motorcy...347+Shindengen
    If your idea of sport-touring is multi-position seats, cruise control and electrically-adjustable windshields, youíre probably not Italian and you donít deserve a Futura. - Kevin Duke

    2001 RST1000 Futura - GSXR coil mod, Magnecore HT leads, Honda reg/rec mod, custom built twin tail mufflers, LED high beams, LED front turn lamps, LED rear brake and turn lamps, Oxford heated grips, Oberon clutch slave, fancy blue hardware bits, air horn mod, pannier stainless cable retention mod, large Odyssey battery mod, 05 fuel map

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