Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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DKA

Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by DKA » Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:33 am

Howdy y'all from Texas -
I've got three HDs: an '03 Dyna, an '02 RK, and a '65 panhead. I've had the pan for several years now and enjoy scooting around on it. She's been a loyal old piggie, but a tad bit grumpy sometimes.
She was originally a Cop bike from Dartmouth, Virginia. She has an factory hand-shifter and a rocker clutch. Ooooh...cherry!
Only prob I'm having is a low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system. If I trickle charge the system to top off the battery, I can ride for several days w/o any worries. But I'm thinking about converting to a 12 volt system and would appreciate any input from the masses if you would be so kind.
Also: she's a bear to start after sitting for a couple of weeks. Takes forever to get her to fire. I know...just ride more. But with three bikes I have quite a rotation.
Regards,
DKA



52Chopper

Re: Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by 52Chopper » Fri Dec 05, 2003 12:31 pm

Oh to have the rotation problem.... kidding! Welcome to this great website. If you scroll through it you will find discussions on all sorts of issues, including your 6v vs 12v questions and more... Enjoy!

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Re: Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by dereborn » Fri Dec 05, 2003 12:35 pm

I echo what 52 chopper said - welcome aboard, and I think the electrics are one of the most common topics in this great forum, so if you do a search on this subject you'll have lots of good reading!

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Re: Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by BigMike » Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:44 pm

'65.... 6Volt ??? shouldn't it be a 12V ? My 65 was 12V from the git-go. Same as the Generator Shovels.

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Re: Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by kevsett » Fri Dec 05, 2003 4:46 pm

I thought that 64 was the last year of 6 volt and foot clutch/hand shift, not to mention kickstarting?
My rotation problem is a '00 FLSTC versus a '64 FL.
However, if kickstarting and hand shifting/foot clutching isn't enough of a chore in stop and go traffic, add in the fact that the panhead consistently runs lousy........and you'll see why I'm spending so much time on the softail.
I'm vowing to get the panhead running right during this off season of cold weather here in KC.

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Re: Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by DuoDave » Fri Dec 05, 2003 8:19 pm

Seems a bit odd, as 65 saw the introduction of the Electra-Glide with 12 volts and electric start. I guess the factory were using up old stock, or maybe the Police Dept. were a touch conservative? I converted my Pan to 12 volts and am using the alternator conversion you see listed in most of the catalogues. It is very simple, lightweight and compact and so far I am very happy with it.

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Re: Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by Cotten » Sat Dec 06, 2003 1:21 am

Actually, the 12v system came out in '64.
I have three '65 Police Specials with tank shift, but all are 12v.
It is not unlikely that some police units were put out with 6v systems, but they could never have had electric starters.
Note also that the Model65 generator has its brushes aligned like a 6v. They were reversed for the common Model 65A.

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Re: Low charge to the battery from the 6-volt system

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Post by 53rigidrider » Sat Dec 06, 2003 9:24 pm

Howdy!
I'm still running a 6-volt system and have no problems with it. Why not get another battery?
J&P cycles carry some good 6-volts, regardless if your bike was originally set up fot it or not.
If it's a genuine '65 with electric start, it should be a 12-volt.
Hmmmmmmmm..........;D

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