So this is when I would spew out a load of profanities and obscenities, but I'm Trying to cut back on those comments.
The Stator on my 86 - 450 went out again. .. Last Week, suddenly I began loosing horse power, and sparks weren't firing right, a mile later it just died, and wouldn't start.. Based on some experience, I decided to start the bike without the headlight... Sure enough, she started right up. .. another mile down the road, she died again, but this time wouldn't start. I'm SURE the Exciter coils of the Stator got too hot. .. .. ... Which seems absurd to me! .. .. Not knowing where my Voltage/Resistance reader is, but based on some experience, I pulled off the Left Case Cover, the fly wheel, and removed the Stator. I found a few Burn spots, or more like striations, on the Exciter Coil Wraps!
The burn marks begin right at the soldered connections... .. Which are Somewhat exposed, without insulation.
So, I've Decided to Replace that ##### Stator again... ... But I REALLY don't want to replace with a used one (again.) Actually My First consideration was to Re-Wind the OEM one Myself!! But, I was having some trouble removing the Larger Exciter coil. Still plan on re Winding this myself. So for the moment, I decided to give "Rick's Motorsports" aka "Rick's Stators" another chance, But this time, with the consideration of adding Thermal/Insulation Epoxy.
Well The new Stator Just arrived in the mail and I noticed these exposed portions of the Exciter coils. Same as the previous Stator I purchased from Rick's. ... The thing that Really bothers me is the semi-exposed soldered end of the smaller exciter coil. What's up with that?? Shouldn't there be Insulation there?
Also, Seems to me that Honda moved the stator on many bike models from being mounted on the Engine to the Case Cover, for a reason. .. .. For keeping the stator a bit cooler.
Well It would be difficult to mount the stator on the Case cover, just due to the Flywheel and Crank Shaft... ... ... Well.. .. . Unless a flywheel and stator were taken from, I Don't know, say a VLX Shadow?? Either way that would be quite a Mod!
I think the easier solution is adding epoxy to one of Rick's Stators.. . So, I'm wondering if anyone knows a good High temperature Thermal Epoxy.. Or .. .. If it might be a good idea to put some sort of heat shield between the stator and the engine.. Any Ideas?
I know I need to also solve the Carb issues.. but. Still. GRR