|Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 09:49 pm: ||
I just installed a really cheap "mosfet" rectifier/regulator on my '08 Buell.
I suspect I cooked the original by riding it a great deal around the community private roads with no headlights, but I can't swear to that.
Haven't ridden it yet, as more repairs are in the works.
However, I ran it in the shop tonight, and noticed a significant difference between the voltage displayed on the IC, and that displayed on my Craftsman digital voltmeter.
I frequently see about a .2 volt difference with that meter, compared to other voltage displays.
This meter tends to read about .2 volts low.
On the bike tonight, the IC was showing 14.7-14.8 volts, and my digital meter was showing 14.2-14.3 volts, averaging half a volt lower on the meter than the IC was showing.
I was measuring the voltage at the battery terminals...I should probably try somewhere like the AUX outlet for comparison.
Anyone ever seen an issue like this?
|Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:17 am: ||
I tried measuring the voltage at the AUX outlet, and got the same reading as at the battery.
I dug out a $20 analog meter I picked up a while back, after finding that some of my older Harleys in particular, will not read accurately on a digital meter, at least not on the Blue Point I had at the time.
The cheap analog meter reads even lower than the Craftsman digital, close to a full volt difference.
I inherited one of the large analog Craftsman meters about five years ago, along with a bunch of tools, guns, and ammo.
I lost all of it and a motorcycle and a 6X12 enclosed trailer, and my 02 F-250 with a fiberglass cap and a bunch of personal possessions inside.
The whole rig was stolen from a motel in Orangeburg, SC, on my way home.
I got the bare truck back, along with a pair of near new size 13 Frye harness style boots.
The motorcycle was covered by insurance, and damage to the truck from the sheriff's impound yard leaving the window the thieves broke uncovered when a tropical storm blew over... None of the rest was, due to an error by the wife at the last renewal.
And of course, the $1000 deductible.
Out of 21 guns, I had the serial numbers of 19 of them, but the responding sheriff's deputy screwed up the reports so badly that only about 10 were correctly entered into the NICS system.
I sorted out the rest about three months later, and sent the corrected info to the investigator, hoping to get the errors and omissions straightened out.
I still don't know if it's all correct...
I got a call from a cop in North Charlestown last fall, telling me they had recovered one of my handguns, and it was at their evidence storage facility.
I called there, and was treated as though I was a total idiot for thinking I could somehow get my pistol from them.
I was informed that they had to fingerprint it, and ballistics test it, and send all that information to the FBI crime lab, and it could take years, especially if they got a hit...
Don't call us, we'll call you.
|Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 12:02 am: ||
I repaired and mounted a damaged headlight assembly tonight, and ran the bike for a bit in the shop.
It showed from 14.7-14.5 volts, no lower.
I have a Sparkbright LED voltage monitor that I bought directly from the manufacturer a while back. I might install that, or I might install a direct reading 2 1/4" gauge I bought for one of my small airplanes a while back and never used.
|Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:18 am: ||
My fluke shows exactly what the IC displays, just not rounded to the tenth like the IC does...