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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Battery not keeping charge. I think i need a new voltage regulator.

Last year I had a small electrical fire from the oily wires at the voltage regulator on my revolt and had to replace the wiring feeding it. I only rode it once after that last year as I got too busy with work during the remainder of the riding season. I noticed the battery wasn't holding a charge at the time, but the battery was old anyways so I had been assuming that was my issue.

I just did a bunch of work to my revolt, new tires (bighorn 2.0s, which are super awesome compared to what I had before by the way) new suspension parts, brakes and the fireball hubs. I took it out for its maiden voyage with all the new parts last night. Near the end of the night I ran into trouble. I was idling my revolt for about ten minutes while taking a break before I shut it off to talk to some other riders that came up to me to chat. When I went to turn it back on it didn't have enough juice to start. Luckily one of them had a battery booster pack on their quad for such an occasion and got me running again. Does the generator not generate enough of a charge when idling or is my regulator likely fried? I don't have any aftermarket lights installed, just running the stock PIAA lights, which I had on when I was idling.

Does anyone have a source on replacement voltage regulators for the revolt? Or could it be something else drawing power?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 03:25 PM
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Re: Battery not keeping charge. I think i need a new voltage regulator.

hook a volt meter to the battery and see if its charging before you through parts at it, battery is 12 to 12.5 volts and charging system should be at least 13.5 to keep it charged..if you jump started it its probably charging ok, just needs a battery
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Re: Battery not keeping charge. I think i need a new voltage regulator.

Forgot to mention that I put in a new battery.
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Last year I had a small electrical fire from the oily wires at the voltage regulator on my revolt and had to replace the wiring feeding it. I only rode it once after that last year as I got too busy with work during the remainder of the riding season. I noticed the battery wasn't holding a charge at the time, but the battery was old anyways so I had been assuming that was my issue.

I just did a bunch of work to my revolt, new tires (bighorn 2.0s, which are super awesome compared to what I had before by the way) new suspension parts, brakes and the fireball hubs. I took it out for its maiden voyage with all the new parts last night. Near the end of the night I ran into trouble. I was idling my revolt for about ten minutes while taking a break before I shut it off to talk to some other riders that came up to me to chat. When I went to turn it back on it didn't have enough juice to start. Luckily one of them had a battery booster pack on their quad for such an occasion and got me running again. Does the generator not generate enough of a charge when idling or is my regulator likely fried? I don't have any aftermarket lights installed, just running the stock PIAA lights, which I had on when I was idling.

Does anyone have a source on replacement voltage regulators for the revolt? Or could it be something else drawing power?
It has a stater that charges the battery. Check all the connections from the battery to the starter. They come loose a lot. If everything is tight and you have checked the voltage running and shut off you should be able to figure out if its the battery or the charging system. If you need a voltage reg. call mike at Redrock.
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Re: Battery not keeping charge. I think i need a new voltage regulator.

More than likely it was your lights that pulled it down.They draw a lot of watts.
If you idle it for extended periods of time, shut the lights off.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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Re: Battery not keeping charge. I think i need a new voltage regulator.

It could be the charging unit that is the culprit. I agree hook up a volt meter and do a load test to know if the battery is getting charged.
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Re: Battery not keeping charge. I think i need a new voltage regulator.

Just went out to dumont this weekend went out for one ride on the Revolt when I came back and shut it off I jumped out did a couple of things then got back in turn the key wouldn't start took the battery out put another new battery in it started right up then later on I went and took a voltage meter to it and realized that it was not charging it was 11.6 volts. So I know that my charging system is definitely not working. I checked a lot of the plugs and connections and they all seemed nice and tight. However I did notice that the stater cover was very hot which I checked Nick RNR's Revolt and it didn't seem as hot. Then when I got home last night I took the battery put it on the charger and after four to five hours it got a full charge so it's definitely something to do with my charging system what is the next thing to test? Or what are your thoughts is at the rectifier or the stator?
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Re: Battery not keeping charge. I think i need a new voltage regulator.

Did you check the voltage at the battery with it running?
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Yeah. I had taken NickRNR's battery out of his put it in mine then drove maybe a half a mile to another camp that's where I measured it. Voltage was 11.7 started it up ran it for 20 seconds or so and was watching the volt meter. While someone held it idled up for just a few and the voltage never changed. It actually dropped to 11.6

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JHowever I did notice that the stater cover was very hot which I checked Nick RNR's Revolt and it didn't seem as hot.
I don't think the temp of the side case is an issue man. My Revolt had been sitting for quite a while when you did the temp comparison. However I do agree that your charging system is not working right. Is there a way to test the resistance of the stator to see if it is ok? Also is there a bench test for the rectalfire? (rectifier lol)
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