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Not sure what the deal is. I put a gel battery in and accidently hooked it up backwards for 1 second. Seemed fine 2 days ago. I started to do some charging system diagnostics. Bike was running and I tested the AC from the stator and got 30+ AC volts. Tested with the rectifer unplugged at the battery and everything seemed ok.

Shut bike off and noticed the plug wires to the rectifier were getting hot. Now I have to leave it unplugged even with the ignition off or the wires will burn up.

Any ideas? Bike still starts up fine.
 

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Well thats fine as long as I know what the problem is. Does it mean I fried the diodes inside allowing current just to "go". ?
 

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Yep, the diodes no longer are one directional, and flow whenever hooked into the circuit....You need a new rectifier.....
 

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Is there an aftermarket replacement or some jobber I can use?
 

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I'd also like to say how much I really appreciate this forum even though I just signed up today. I'm a mechanical guy and don't know much about the elecrical side of things.

Here's a shot of the bike.

 

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I get mine at Radioshack, but there are several suppliers online that will have them ready to plug in....
 

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Well I figured since I was down i'd do the old headgasket routine.
The guy who sold me the bike put new cam chain tensioners in thank god.

 
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