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    Contact enhancer

    Recently I've been looking for a way to minimize the increased resistance effects that I suspect low cost connectors have on the electrical circuits of my Futura. I was looking for a solution that went beyond the usual keep-the-connector-clean and/or use dielectric grease.
    A friend suggested I google up contact enhancer and a lot of info turned up which might be useful. I've selected one which some of you might find interesting-

    http://www.intendedacceleration.com/html/tip_14.html

    This isn't a contact cleaner or dielectric grease, but something else which claims to increase conductivity and improve connector reliability.
    John

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    Great Tip

    Now THAT my friend is good information- I may just buy those products to treat my wiring harnesses!

    Let's put a stickie on this thread.

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    I've been using the DeoxIT for several years with good results. The Stabilant is popular on my BMW car list but I haven't tried it yet.
    I will say that the large brass male & female connectors used in the brown connector are not "cheap connectors". The Falco rectifier is identical to ours except it uses a smaller brown connector & standard size normal spades. Evidently the factory felt the Futuras higher output system required the larger spades. Also it's worth noting that only the Futura seems to have the "hot brown connector" problem even though the Falcos do have the low charge problem. Not every Futura has a serious hbc problem. Even when my wiring was only allowing 12.6v to get to the battery my brown connector would get hot but it never came close to melting.
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    RE HBC

    I had mine melt finally. of note was that it was after i had run the battery down (dead) while trying too get it started one day after work. for some reason the injection was waaayyy too rich and i had to open the throttle to give it enough air to run. After much black smoke from the exaust it ran fine (temp came up as normal and bike operated normally). Later on the ride home at about 75 in the fast lane and in traffic the bike died. First the speedo didnt read , the lights dimmed, then silent running, and a dive for the right side shoulder.

    With the bike dead by battery i checked the brown connector...melted. So i separated the wires and blade connectors from the melted plastic, taped them up and got a jump start. After I got home I put in bullet connectors and its been fine since.

    I have added an extra wire from the voltage regulator to the battery, the 05 map, evo air filter and staintunes.

    It seems that the connectors inside the brown plastic have a snap in to lock them together and the plastic holder isn't getting the metal bits to snap together when assembled. You could check this by using a small screwdriver to push the blade connectors together and see if they snap into place.

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    If anyone has any Stabilant 22 they want to sell, please PM me. I am also looking for a Futura side stand and seat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futura
    If anyone has any Stabilant 22 they want to sell, please PM me. I am also looking for a Futura side stand and seat!
    NAPA has this but be prepared for sticker shock. Or do a google where it can be found for less.
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    Yes, thanks, I know about NAPA. Motorola has it for $42. Does anyone know of a lower priced source? This is for the 15mL, alcohol diluted, I believe.

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    I have some brand new bottles of CaigLabs Pro Gold contact enhancer I can sell for $5 each. This will treat many connections if used sparingly.

    It is a very good product.

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    For those curious, Stabilant 22 is also available at most any US auto part stores with access to these national brands:

    • Standard brand, part no: SL5
    • CarQuest brand, part no: 53-1303

    Big bucks though, lists around $98.00 USD per bottle. Cheapest I can find it is $65.00. (Used to be around $48.00 last time I bought one 11 years ago)
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    Not sure if this will bee of use to many, but I've found DeoxIT D5 to be fairly good and it's a lot cheaper, try here:

    http://www.hifigear.co.uk/deoxit-d5-...cer-200ml.html

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    I just used the Stabilant on a very reluctant car speedo connections and it in fact worked wonders. Amazon, $40.00 for as stated previously 15ml diluted. VERY little is needed. I will try on RR connections as I still have stock connectors (great shape) with added wire to fuses (cleaned, 14.6 idle, 14.2 4k) it will be interesting to see if there's a change to begin with and if it holds up with the oil that tends to show up in connections.
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    Has there any new information on this subject? I'm trying to eliminate any and all problems with the charging system while checking and cleaning the connectors.

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    I used it for years to treat connectors after hitting them with Deoxit. I think it worked very well as I had few problems with electrics.
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