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Old 03-19-2012, 07:42 PM
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Stator, battery & lighting help needed!

Hey fellows my son has a Polaris outlaw 50. This model has headlights that are basically running lights and are not bright at all. These lights run off of the stator so they only come on while the bike is running and get brighter with more throttle input. I wanted to change the light out for one that he could use at night. So first I took out the existing two bulbs and found that they were 15watts a piece (total 30 watts). I used this as a guide so I ordered an led light that had a max of 15 watts (Rigid industries dually, just a single one). I disconnected the factory running lights and used the same wires to power the new light. The weird thing is now is that when I start the bike and flip on the switch the light is bright, but with the more throttle input the light actually dims to the point were it is not bright enough to actually use. Can anyone explain this or have an idea that could help. Thanks
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:33 PM
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That's interesting. What happens if you rev up the bike and keep it revved up while turning on the light? The Rigids have under and over voltage protection and operate between 9v and 36v. So if on start up the initial voltage is 9v and as you rev it up the voltage goes higher, the internal circuitry might think it's getting over voltage. Not sure but something to test.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:12 PM
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That's interesting. What happens if you rev up the bike and keep it revved up while turning on the light? The Rigids have under and over voltage protection and operate between 9v and 36v. So if on start up the initial voltage is 9v and as you rev it up the voltage goes higher, the internal circuitry might think it's getting over voltage. Not sure but something to test.

Thanks for the reply. I just tried that and it made no difference at all. If I hook it up directly to the battery it works just fine. My only worry is that the stator wont be able to keep up and it will drain the battery dead. I suppose ill let my son ride it this weekend that way and see what happens....
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:19 PM
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Well that sucks. See if you can get a hold of tech support at Rigid.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:33 AM
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what's the voltage at the battery while at idle and at higher rpm's?
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:25 AM
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what's the voltage at the battery while at idle and at higher rpm's?

I'll check that as soon as I get home from work and let ya know.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:48 AM
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Ok I checked the voltage and came up with this. At the battery at idle 13volts and wide open throttle (wot) it was 13.6 volts. I also checked the voltage on the wires coming from the stator and the voltage was 12volts at idle and 13.5 at wot. Only problem with the voltage coming from the stator was that is AC not DC. I called rigid and they said the problem was it was AC and needed to be DC. So I wonder what I could do to get the light to run off the stator and not the battery? The guy at rigid ind. said the light would probably drain the battery over a long period of time riding.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:56 PM
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Correct. It is ac from the stator to the bridge rectifier. After that, its dc. So why don't you just hook up a fused lead from your battery to your on/off switch that you already mounted. Then your good to go.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:55 AM
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Correct. It is ac from the stator to the bridge rectifier. After that, its dc. So why don't you just hook up a fused lead from your battery to your on/off switch that you already mounted. Then your good to go.

Thats exactly what I did. I also checked the battery voltage with the bike running and it sat at 13.2volts at idle and 13.8 at wot. There was no change in voltage with the light on and off. I also checked it at idle with the light on and the brake light on and the voltage dropped to 12.6 but it did hold and did not drop anymore than that. So basically I think im good to go!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:41 PM
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Sounds right from here.And I hate electrical!!!
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