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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-10-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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After 3 batteries (maybe 4, I forget) on my '03 1300S, 2 different dealers telling me that charging system was fine, too many late nite jumps (done correctly, thanks Hondas Rider Club), I finally went to an independent repair shop that specializes in metrics.
After I described the bikes symtoms and history, he tested and diagnosed a faulty stator It seems the two 50 watt bulbs I had in by lightbar two or three years ago probably caused the damage. I only have one 50 watt bulb installed now.
I can buy off on that, I just have a problem with the $517 estimate to replace it. I've done my own maintenance on the bike, things like brakes, oil changes, Progressive springs, wheel removal, ect.
I've found the part online for $220 delivered, I've got the service manual, plenty of tools and a lift. Doesn't seem to difficult. I'm sure others on the site have done it. Any tips? By the way the bike has 35k miles, all me.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-10-2009, 11:49 PM
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Tell the repair shop you know the cost of the part and ask what he charges per hour for labor.

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I remove mine just to have check why the three wire from it come very hot and i fond noting . Easy to do go for it .

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I had the same problem a few months back. I tried to order an OEM stator from the dealer but was told they were waiting on a shipment from Japan and it could be up to a 3 month wait. I found this company that will rebuild your stator for cheap(er). http://www.ricksmotorsportelectrics.com/
I think I paid around $120 for the rebuild and it looked like new when it came back. It took about a week from the time I sent it off.
Here are a couple of pics of my damaged stator:





BTW, I doubt your extra lights fried your stator. I didn't have any extra electrical accessories at the time it went bad. My guess is that they made a few bad ones. If you need any more info on what it takes to do the job yourself drop me a PM and I'll walk you through it.

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Thanks for the info, I hope my stator doesn't look like that one! Yikes!
I take it if its like that, the bike isn't moving. My bike will start and run, but out of the blue it will leave me stranded. Then back on the trickle charger, and everythings fine. It just gotten to a point where I can't trust it. Needless to say, the lightbar stays off until I resolve the situation.
Ricks Motorsports is up to $145 for the rebuild now, so I'll go that route. Expect a PM if I have any questions. Thanks again.
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I went through the same thing when trying to diagnose my problem. First I thought it was a bad battery because it was about 5 years old. Replaced that and recharged and it ran fine until the charge in the battery depleted (so be careful if you are still riding, you could end up left beside the road).
Next, it was between the stator and the rectifier/regulator. I found a trouble shooting flow chart online and followed the rule in/rule out steps and narrowed it to the stator. You will have to drain your oil, so figure on the cost of fresh oil and filter. You will also need sealant for the engine case when you re-assemble.

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me too...

i was about to post a "is this out of line?" about the cost of a new stator being $340 from the dealer, but i guess you guys have had the same experience.

it's too nice to wait a week for a rebuild, so I'll just have to sell a kidney for the new one I guess.

Any buyers? or, should I post that to the "For Sale" board?
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Yea, someone with renal failure would pay an arm and a leg for a new kidney. Personally, I'd wait the week for the rebuild and not give the $$ to the stealer.

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insensitive...

sorry to anyone suffering from, or having a close personal friend or relative w/ aforementioned ailment.

I probably sound like a real a-hole...

At any rate, it's going to be an expensive week.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-21-2009, 09:03 PM
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stator problems

i had my stator go bad after only one year. The stealer fixed it and said he had never replaced a stator on an x before. He also held my baby hostage for almost a month, i was pissed. i hate stealers but it was still under warranty. good luck!!
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