As many of us know, the stock charging system on cruiser motorcycles are week to saythe least. Many times stator and regulators/rectifiers fail leaving us stranded, or we just wantto add more electrical do dads. I have spent a great deal of time looking into different ways tofix this problem on my Kawasaki Vulcan 750 with out much luck. Then one day Chiron sendsme an emails saying he found the solution to our delima. He had been fallowing my researchwhen he stumbled a crossed the
Shindengen FH012AA Mosfet Regulator/Rectifier.
He thendug a little deaper and found a whole installation kit for $119.00 fromhttp://roadstercycle.com.
The fallowing is his write up, all I can take credit for is adding the pictures in the right spot,and some proof reading here and there.
Overview, purchasing, and packagingOverview
Many motorcycles have a weakness in the form of the regulator/rectifier portion of their charging system. Our Vulcan 750's in particular have issues here. So, I'll try to be brief andinformative. A R/R take the 3 phase AC current generated by the stator in the motor andconverts it to DC current in the rectifier portion of the unit. The electricity then gets passedthrough the regulator portion of the unit which controls the output voltage and current levelsthat feed into the bike's electrical system. Basically a pretty simplistic, but accuratedescription of it's function. Where the weaknesses come in are in the type of the regulator portion and the components used within the regulator.In general there are two types of regulators, the shunt type and the series type. Each hastheir own pros and cons. The difference is how they operate. A shunt type of regulator passes current at all times and when the load doesn't need the extra current, it “shunts” it toground. A series regulator passes current only when the load needs it. The series typesusually runs cooler and/or more efficiently. Both the stock R/R and the Shindengen unit areshunt type of regulators. The components used within the R/R mainly have to do withefficiency and robustness. The stock unit uses components called Silicon ControlledRectifiers (SCR) and the Shindengen unit uses Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-EffectTransistor (MOSFET). In the instance of motorcycle R/R's MOSFETs have an advantageover SCRs when implemented correctly.
Purchasing and Packaging
So the Shindengen FH012AA R/R is available for purchase in many places for a variety of prices new and used since it has been used on numbers newer motorcycles, ATVs, andsnowmobiles. However, I would definitely recommend a new unit. A Google search willvery easily turn up Yamaha OEM part numbers and availability. But Jack @Roadstercycles.com has already done most of the leg work for us. He has put together kitsfor several popular bikes and a universal kit for most other bikes as well. Overall, Jack hasone of the best prices on the Shindengen at $119 plus S/H, but he also includes the new styleof connectors and terminals needed to retrofit the unit to an older bike. Jack has also beenvery responsive to communications and stands behind his products. You can see in pictures1, 2, 3, and 4 how the unit is shipped and what is included in the box.