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post #1 of 16 Old 11-06-2008, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Electical Overload

I have a 2006 KLR and I have put on the wrap around heated hand grips that I purchased from Dual Star. They work great. My question is, will the electical system support the handgrips, an electric vest and possibly additional running lights and if not is there anyway to increase its output to meet those needs?

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-06-2008, 04:50 PM
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It will do the grips ok and maybe the jacket on a low setting but add the lights and you are in negative numbers. I wired in a volt meter to do power balancing. I think Electrosport makes a bigger stator.
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post #3 of 16 Old 11-06-2008, 04:51 PM
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NO!.. The factory stator will not be able to keep up with all that at one time. If you used only one at a time, maybe. There are aftermarket stators out there, but I have also seen a lot of guys having problems with them. Now I do know the 08 stator puts out more than the older first Gen. models. I would be interested to know if it would fit into the older models myself and help out with the load capacity increase that people would like to have.

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post #4 of 16 Old 11-07-2008, 12:05 AM
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I'm not sure what the output on the pre-08's are but I think it's less than the 35 watts of the '08s. Amps X volts = watts. Watts/volts = amps and so on. On an '08 that means I have a total of +- 3 ie. 3amps x 12 volts = 36 amps before I start dragging down the battery w/ 13.8 volts being the standard charging voltage. Hope this helps.
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-09-2008, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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electical demands

Thanks you guys for your quick response. This is the first question I posted on this foram and I am very impressed and very grateful for the information. Your right I need to do the math and check with my dealer to see if the new stator works on the 2006 Klr. Once again I appreciate your help.

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post #6 of 16 Old 11-09-2008, 10:39 AM
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I'm sorta anti-dealer, so I wouldn't put too much faith in what the dealer tells you about the stator -- they probably don't have a clue. Compareing part numbers would be the best thing to start with. A fone call to the companies that manufacture the aftermarket stators would probably be best.
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-09-2008, 07:00 PM
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I don't know about the unit for the KLR but I use the Electrosport stator on my FJR1300 and it runs grip, clothes and big lights for seeing bambi at night. Haven't had any trouble with it.
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-10-2008, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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electical demands

Thanks so much for your insight and advice. I really appreciate it. If I get this figured out I will post it on the forum.

Best Regards,

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post #9 of 16 Old 12-09-2008, 11:46 PM
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If you goto LED lights you can free up about 50 watts. Just an LED tail light alone will free up enough power equal to a pair of heated handgrips.
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-10-2008, 07:05 PM
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I don't think thats right. A 1157 bulb draws somewhere around 10 watts max and the Hot Grips I use are rated at 40 watts. They draw the same low or high but low goes through a resistor.
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