22 November 2011

Trouble!

I've run into some electrical trouble. Still trying to figure out if it's the stator, regulator, or battery. I'm undecided still. The battery was reading just 11 volts. But there are some other flags I'm chasing down still.

Oh, and riding in a significant downpour caused a short somewhere. It goes away when the scooter drys out. Might have been the trigger for my electrical problem.

Stator open circuit resistance: 3 ohms.
Stator open circuit voltage: 30 - 70 VACrms. Sure is fun to use an oscilloscope and see the waveform!

07 November 2011

HID headlights complete

 I finally got the HID headlights completely installed. I'm pretty happy with the results. The install was easy, and forced me to repair the broken adjustment mechanism on the reflector housing. I included a comparison between 25W and 35W. Doesnt look like much in the photo, but in person I like the 35W better. It's a bit brighter and a bit clearer color.
both on low beam
 I added an extra switch for accent lighting. It goes through the key, but is not dependent on the engine running.
Overall rating of the entire project, from stator conversion to wiring in HID projectors: 3 out of 5 for difficulty. 4 out of 5 for cool factor. 5 out of 5 for safety improvement. 2 out of 5 for cost.
Cost was high to be honest. $65 for each HID projector kit, $45 for the rectifier/regulator, $20 for LED lights. Total about $200. But if life were just about cost, I'd be riding a bicycle.