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Voltage Regulator Up In Smoke

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  1. toddatc22

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    I have had an issue with it in the past and my voltage was jumping around. I replaced with an OEM replacement and it worked well for two years.
    Out on a ride this week voltage starts jumping around again, but this time I hear a pop and then smoke. Smoke seems to be coming from the voltage regulator and dripping plastic on the ground. I have no power to anything anymore at all so I am concerned there is more damage. Where should I start with electrical testing?

    Thanks in advance. I just moved to phoenix today, if anyone is in the area and has shop recommendations please let me know.

    Thanks
     
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    @md2420 is in Chandler which looks like is right there at Phoenix.

    Did you already switch out the burned up unit?......and still have no power to anything?
     
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    I have not....I am ordering the SH847 from a write-up on here. I just do not remember if all power should be completely wiped because that part is fried.
     
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    I don't know for sure but it certainly makes sense to me that it would be.
     
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    ive only been to a couple of shops here.

    1) BFP Garage in Glendale. Brad is a good guy and does work out of his own place. You can see what he can offer.

    2) Phoenix Triumph (in Mesa). They used to be a Vic only shop up until the closing. Then switched brands, but still work on Vics.

    3) RideNow Powersports. One in Chandler and one in Peoria. Both were Vic dealers and now Indian dealers.
     
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    I’ve always believed that electronic components use smoke inside to make them work as they do. But if the smoke is released, so is the hope of them working anymore. An example was many years ago trying to set the small switches on a hard drive. Suddenly, smoke was released and it didn’t work anymore. :22yikes:
     
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    Mine failed on the Vegas a while back.
    Did the update to the better SH487
     
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    SH487:

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    He is down under so many times things get twisted. They have to post pictures upside down so we see them right side up here. It is not his fault.
     
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    The voltage regulator is only in operation while the bike is running as it gets its power from the stator.
    While the bike is not running the only source of power is from the battery.
    Check the battery first, unless it is totally dead the next place I would look is the main 40 amp circuit breaker located beside the battery. If it's fried then you would have absolutely no power to the rest of the bike.
    Good luck and keep us posted.
     
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    For his sake, I hope that the 40-amp breaker fried when the R/R let the blue smoke out. If not...uh oh!

    I personally think it is mostly heat that kills the OEM R/R. Maybe I'm putting too much thought into it and they are just pieces of crap in general? I'm on my 2nd OEM unit and have about 60k miles on it so far. Something tells me I'll be replacing it next season, as I've clearly jinxed myself now.
     
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    Yeah man I screw up all the time, being upside down all the blood rushes to my head!
    Unless Im having sex of course
    Then I get very dizzy 16063586124493247595524971182401.jpg
     
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    PaulJP, you are correct. When my regulator crapped out, I was at a gas station and I still was able to ride my bike home as I was only 4 blocks from my house. Replaced with an RMStator regulator and it has been fine for years.

    I'm thinking that 40 amp breaker (or the wiring around it) is the reason for no power, as the regulator is right there and gets damn hot when you release the smoke. Damn those things stink when they let loose!
     
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    I agree with the logic of the mystical powers of the smoky mist as it has been witnessed often with the harnessing of electrons on all modes of transport and home appliances....

    My issue is that the Gremlin that released the mist moves on to other areas to do it again, once the mystical powers have been restored to the item in question.

    About to reengage with one that has been a costly hunt as he mocks my efforts in a German Auto:

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    Well the regulator is definitely bad and so is the battery which would explain no power at all now. 6163A61A-238E-4261-867B-53818735BF64.jpeg 21CAEE8F-0721-4B7D-AD0C-0C8F89DB3841.jpeg
     
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