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2007 S4Rs - November 23, 2010, 10:38 AM

I was riding down 28 yesterday when the check engine light comes on out of nowhere. I made it about 500 yards before the throttle goes limp and the bike just dies. Battery seems to be OK as evidenced by working lights/cycling gauges. Push the starter... nothing but a click.

Paul "UU Busa" picks me and the bike up gives us a ride home.

Get the bike home, off the truck, into the garage, and plugged into the battery tender. Not 5 min goes by before I've got a solid green light. Battery is good as expected.

Did some research and found out that these bikes have crappy reg/rec's that often fail. The suggestion was to first check the connections and if that didn't get it running again to just replace it with an aftermarket unit from Esport.

Before getting into this, I figured I might as well check to see if the bike would start... pushed the button... nothing. I unplugged both reg/rec harnesses and found no corrosion and plugged them back in.... bike started right up.


So should I...

1. Put a little dielectric grease on those connections and move on

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2. Replace the reg/rec all together


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November 23, 2010, 10:54 AM

Is it easy access on the side of the road if you need to replace or re-connect?

Why not have a spare if it is a known problem.

Most folks who own earlier 99-2002 R6 have the same issue but with the connector actually frying until fixed, most have a spare rectifier just in case.


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yeah do both...


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Yeah thats what I was thinking. It is very easy to get to and would be a snap to change out in a pinch.


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R/R issues seem to be pretty common on all brands of motorcycles. I was on my third one in 74k miles when I sold my VFR.

I'm guessing that as the R/R warms up it will fail again. Just a guess though.


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R/R issues seem to be pretty common on all brands of motorcycles. I was on my third one in 74k miles when I sold my VFR.

I'm guessing that as the R/R warms up it will fail again. Just a guess though.

I think heat is the big issue with them... they are mounted under the seat and get no ventilation. I was thinking about either creating some sort of ducting or relocating it so its constantly in the wind.


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November 24, 2010, 10:29 AM

Heat is what killed the ones on the VFR's. Many owners replaced them with a larger unit from another bike. The larger unit dissipated heat better than the stock units.


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