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FWIW.. back in another lifetime, when I was an engineering modelmaker.. I used to make test fixtures for the "salt water spray test." 40 hours of high pressure salt water blown from various directions. I've not seen a Guzzi harness that would pass that one. Certainly not a wrapped in electrical tape one, much less a Molex connector. :huh2:

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You mean your's actually works? I think mine is activated by phases of the moon.

Docc said "So it can be said that when the battery is fully charged the charging Voltage is the same but the regulator is allowing less current through" Not exactly, it wont let anything through unti

I would put an amount of electrical grease in the cavities before plugging it up for a perfect connection .

"Molex" connectors remind me very much of the most sketchy connectors in the V11 harness. The "Bullet" connectors for the Clutch Lever Start Lock-out on the left side of the frame by the headstock and the two Yellow-Wire bullet connectors from the stator that are un-sealed, and down there in the spray. Yet, I am not convinced that an un-sealed SAE flat connector has *much* better weather protection than these others.

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On 3/2/2018 at 6:20 PM, docc said:

Yet, Guzzi2Go, the "special" regulator failure case: can that be tested?

Of course, @Guzzi2Go and @luhbo were entirely correct that in spite of all the little things I tried, the battery light flicker at idle after riding remained. Until I finally changed the regulator.

Although the charging remained 14.2V or above, it appears the old regulator had "failed in a special way" and was "on its way out" with continuity developing between the red charging wire and the case. I never thought of monitoring for continuity there, but it makes sense.

New regulator: no more flicker.

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On 8/21/2018 at 7:00 PM, docc said:

"Molex" connectors remind me very much of the most sketchy connectors in the V11 harness. The "Bullet" connectors for the Clutch Lever Start Lock-out on the left side of the frame by the headstock and the two Yellow-Wire bullet connectors from the stator that are un-sealed, and down there in the spray. Yet, I am not convinced that an un-sealed SAE flat connector has *much* better weather protection than these others.

220px-SAE_Connector.png

I would put an amount of electrical grease in the cavities before plugging it up for a perfect connection .

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2 hours ago, gstallons said:

I would put an amount of electrical grease in the cavities before plugging it up for a perfect connection .

Good plan! That, Caig Deoxit®, and heat shrink on all the regulator connectors.

The new stator has spade connectors to the regulator which feel quite a bit more positive in their connection than the "bullet" connectors that never felt tight.

Having groomed all the connectors behind the front subframe together made the stator/regulator swap very approachable without having to pull the tank.

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