6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by Sausage » Mon Mar 11, 2002 8:23 am

Is the Panhead original 6 Volt Electrical System regarded as sufficent to the Panhead enthusiast or is it common to change over to a 12 Volt Electrical System?

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Re: 6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by panhead » Mon Mar 11, 2002 12:03 pm

I have my Panhead converted to 12V and am very satisfied with it (also running dual plugs and S&S and electronic ignition): very reliable.

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Re: 6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by VintageTwin » Sat Mar 16, 2002 4:11 pm

Depends on what your building. Big inch with a stretch frame and your going to ride it at night alot? Go 12V. If your riding with 6 volts and your on a freeway at night, those low-pressure sodium lights will steal any illumination that a 6 volt can muster.
Building OEM-style on an OEM-style frame? Going to ride it some at night? Build it 6V, and people can tell your riding an antique. If your building a scratch-machine (without an antique title) California makes you build a 12V. Tedd has conversion battery box inserts and a mini-12V battery that will keep your machine stock looking.
I like 6 volt...so when your riding at night, the speedo face is only lit by a dim bulb.

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Re: 6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by Zup » Sun Mar 17, 2002 1:38 pm

If you want the most light for night riding, then the 12 volt is the way to go. I used to ride in the high desert at night with my old 3 brush, and when I was haulin' a**... the lights would get dimmer & dimmer. Not saying that the old 3 brush couldn't have charged better than it did, just saying a 12 volt works better.
Not to mention that 12 volt bulbs are alot more common, finding a replacement 6 volt bulb in the middle of the night could be a major pain!!! (if not next to impossible)

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Re: 6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by VintageTwin » Mon Mar 18, 2002 1:45 pm

Does anyone know where I can find an electric (2)hp, 110V rheostat controlled variable speed motor, like the one B. Palmer uses to set the amperage output of the 32E generator in his book on page 374 of their book?

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Re: 6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by Panacea » Mon Jun 24, 2002 4:11 pm

I started out with 6volt electrics on my 59 because I thought originality was the most important thing. After the little 6 volt battery failed me a few times I converted to 12 volts including an Odyssey acid mat battery and an electronic voltage regulator. Trouble free ever since!
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Re: 6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by mustangcav » Thu Apr 29, 2004 3:42 pm

I've kept mine a 6v because I want to keep it close to 'as it was'. I had a top venting battery which I replaced it because it functioned as advertised and vented acid all over the place. I now have a side tube venting battery from HD that works fine. I have one of those acid collector tubes connected to the battery and tucked inside the frame just in case. I don't ride it much in the dark, so that is obviously a serious consideration as the others have mentioned.

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Re: 6 Volt & 12 Volt electrical systems

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Post by Cotten » Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:33 am

At risk of repeating myself,

Two-brush 6v generators ( i.e. Models 58, 61, etc) provide every bit as much light and reliability as two-brush 12v units. Their only disadvantages are the expensive batteries and inconvenient sources of bulbs.
It is the earlier 3-brush ("32evil") systems that are unrealistic for modern service. A conversion of 3 into 2 brush units (that used the same regulator instead of a relay) can be "correct" for '47 and later machines.

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