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Author Topic: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?  (Read 2299 times)

Offline work9to5

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #10 on: Jul 27, 2016, 05:55:15 »
I was just bashing my head on a wall with this same issue today. Same issue with a Rick's unit. Battery died and left me stranded for a bit till a lucky kick got her going and had to rev her all the way home. It's a newer rick's unit. Have an older one on a different bike. Wired them the same. Was unaware of a change in the product. Will try wiring it your way tomorrow. I'm curious Sonreir, what do you recommend as a charging unit? These mosfet units from your site?


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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #11 on: Jul 27, 2016, 10:37:24 »
I was just bashing my head on a wall with this same issue today. Same issue with a Rick's unit. Battery died and left me stranded for a bit till a lucky kick got her going and had to rev her all the way home. It's a newer rick's unit. Have an older one on a different bike. Wired them the same. Was unaware of a change in the product. Will try wiring it your way tomorrow. I'm curious Sonreir, what do you recommend as a charging unit? These mosfet units from your site?

Depends on the bike. For the Honda SOHC four, I recommend using a later unit designed for the DOHC fours. Diagram attached.
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Offline Hellapeno

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #12 on: Jul 28, 2016, 18:19:49 »
Any way for one to figure out if their Ricks Reg Rec is considered faulty (as previously described) with simply diagnosis with a DMM?  I would hate to rewire everything as above and damage it by mis-wiring. 

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #13 on: Jul 28, 2016, 18:32:52 »
Yes, but you'll also need an adjustable power supply.
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Offline work9to5

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #14 on: Jul 28, 2016, 20:16:09 »
I'll try to remember to post a pick of it tomorrow morning. But there seems to be a difference it the backing plate of the unit. The old one had a flat back, the new one I have has a rectangular impression in the back. I noticed it right away when I got it and thought it was weird.


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Offline work9to5

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #15 on: Sep 19, 2016, 03:02:12 »
So I talked to a tech at Rick's through email this week. He denied any switching of systems and basically said I must of hooked it up wrong or that my battery was at fault. I tried it three times with their configuration. And the result was dead battery, dead battery, dead battery. I also have switched out/in a different battery to be sure.

I just wired it up your way Sonier and have one green wire from the r/r left over. Just ground it?

It's the thicker one that per ricks' direction should be wired to alternator green.


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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #16 on: Sep 19, 2016, 12:16:36 »
Just like what's on the diagram on the previous page, yeah.
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Offline work9to5

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #17 on: Sep 21, 2016, 01:41:48 »
Turns out the r/r was bad. Did this test I found on YouTube



and the neg diode board is fried.


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Offline Bremer550

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #18 on: Oct 08, 2016, 01:32:59 »
Hey Guys,

I have a 1978 Honda CB550K with the EXACT same issues. I have a rewound stator and field coil (by Ricks), new R/R (Ricks), new battery, new fuses and I'm not getting past 12.6 volts at 4000 RPM.

My question would be can I still continue with with the wiring you suggested (previous page) Sonreir if my current new R/R fails a diode test? it shouldn't in theory.

I'm very curious to try this out tomorrow, please let me know your thoughts!

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Re: Is my Rick's Regulator/Rectifier bad?
« Reply #19 on: Oct 08, 2016, 03:04:35 »
Give it a try. See how it turns out.
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