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post #1 of 19 Old 02-01-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Want to upgrade the charging system...

I'm getting ready for the '11 Iron Butt Rally on my new (to me) '09. I'll be running a lot of gear (aux lights, GPS, charger for phone, heated gear (for rides coming up very soon), etc.

I'm worried I will over-tax the charging system and start having battery issues. Anyone have any recommendations on upgrading the stator / regulator? I don't want a crazy one (like a 400w I saw recently), just a solid 280w - 300w or so.

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To the best of my knowledge, no one is manufacturing a high output stator for the 08 and newer KLR's. The earlier model stators are not compatable with new generation KLR's either.
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thanks for the info
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Your best bet is to reduce power consumption. An HID headlight will save you 20 watts of power. An LED taillight and dashlights save another 15 or 20 watts. The 08 and newer bikes have a fair amount of extra power so long as you don't turn on the highbeam.
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I'm getting ready for the '11 Iron Butt Rally on my new (to me) '09. I'll be running a lot of gear (aux lights, GPS, charger for phone, heated gear (for rides coming up very soon), etc.

I'm worried I will over-tax the charging system and start having battery issues. Anyone have any recommendations on upgrading the stator / regulator? I don't want a crazy one (like a 400w I saw recently), just a solid 280w - 300w or so.

Thanks!!

You can reduce the power consumed by the bike somewhat by replacing the bulbs with LEDs (brake, license, turn signals, dash indicators). Really though the bike only has about 100 watts to spare without the high beam on.

Install a voltage monitor and switch off stuff as needed. I have a GPS, heated grips and a heated jacket liner. With the high beam on I have to turn off the grips. I don't think you can run all the stuff you want all the time.

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I haven't experimented with upping the wattage output......I have tinkered with lowering the wattage draw. I did away with the stock signals and license plate lamp, replacing them with LED lights. Roughly a 30 watt cut back in usage. Enough to power my heated gloves. I did install an ODYSSEY PC 545 sealed battery to deal with the constant draw down / recharge I put the bikes through. I'm conservative with the high beam light usage. I have rode 480 miles in a day where temps ranged from 6 degrees F to 19 degrees F, with several hours of night riding through mountains on secondary roads. The heated gear and lights got a workout, as did the electrical system. At no time was I uncomfortable, and I was far more concerned about running out of oil than I was of running out of watts.

http://www.odysseybatteries.com/battery/pc545series.htm

http://www.batterymart.com/pdf_files/odyssey_guide.pdf

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I haven't experimented with upping the wattage output......I have tinkered with lowering the wattage draw. I did away with the stock signals and license plate lamp, replacing them with LED lights. Roughly a 30 watt cut back in usage. Enough to power my heated gloves....

The turn signals only use power when they're on and I think that the license plate bulb is 5 watts so I don't think you got a 30 watt reduction.

The only way to really know what's happening with the charging system while riding is to monitor the voltage. I like the Signal Dynamics Heads Up Voltage Monitor be warned though the LED is extremely bright when it trips. I mounted it in one of the dimples in the dash and ended up covering most of it with black silicone seal to tone it down.

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All very interesting. I will definitely plan to reduce draw to 'make more room' for my stuff. :-)
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Sorry to jack you here Edamron…. I have the same question, Only my bike is a 1997. What is the best/biggest charging system that I can install on my bike? At present I have a stock system.
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Sorry to jack you here Edamron…. I have the same question, Only my bike is a 1997. What is the best/biggest charging system that I can install on my bike? At present I have a stock system.
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There's the Electrosport stator.

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