If any of you remember back when I had my 01 CBR F4i I had posted this:
Stators, Rectifiers, and/or Batteries? preventing me from riding
Turns out my battery was old and bunk which saved me from really having to dig into my bike. Well now I have an 07 675 and with it, a real problem beyond my skills...so far. That's where I appeal to you CLSB pros:
I noticed when riding the bike on Tuesday that the electrical juice was getting lower and lower as I was riding it. Eventually it died out as the engine putt putted to a stop at a light. When riding it seemed to just drain the battery slowly. So...
I pushed it home, over night I charged my battery. 12.95v tested with multimeter at DCV setting 20
I put it in the bike, and turned on the ignition and I had 12.09v steady
I started the bike up, and I got 11.85v. I revved it to 5000rpm, and it stayed at 11.8v steady. It did not rise to around to 14v as planned.
I turned off the bike, and battery started rising back up to 12.45v. I think for the most part I can conclude it isn't the battery. It's in decent shape.
So this could mean 1 of 2 things based on what I do know:
1) My stator is bad
2) My R/R is bad.
I'm betting my money on the R/R, as this bike is in fairly new condition (about 6k miles on it now)
So after all that. Here are my questions which the internet has largely failed me on answering:
1) On the Triumph 675, one must remove the fuel tank to get to the wiring for the R/R. This means the bike cannot be started up and idled. Does the bike have to be "on" when testing the rectifier plugs? Does the engine have to be idling while testing the R/R? It may seem stupid, but I have no clue because it's a detail no one ever clarifies in their guides as they forget it.
2) What the hell does the multimeter have to be set at to actually test the R/R? There are so many settings. I'm looking for detail as in "it has to be set to ACV xyz number setting", or something like that.
3) I opened it up and I have a 4 pin plug from the R/R and a 3 pin plug from the R/R. What the shit is what here? Is one input one output? The Triumph manual has nothing to clarify the plugs themselves except archane and impossible to understand wiring diagrams
4) When I finally figure out the multimeter settings, should the bike be on or off, etc. What are the tests for the stator? What do those plugs look like? Is there color coding to them? Have I already encountered them and I just don't know it yet? The manual is unclear on this so far as I can tell.
If you can help me, (and hopefully it helps others in the future) that'd be great, because as I understand it, the R/R on this year of this bike poops out all the time, but I want to make sure I know if that's the case or not.
Thanks in advance.