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Old 01-08-2007, 02:22 PM   #1
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Voltage regulator CBR f3

Hey all,
Ive got a problem. Yesterday while riding I smelled the rotten egg / fart smell. I didn't think much of it cuz I was riding with BigComfy the frenchman

However, my battery no longer has enough juice to start bike, and I replaced the battery a few weeks ago. Sos I am guessing that this was caused by a bad voltage regulator and that it overcharged the battery.

My questions are these....Am I on the right track? Does this sound like a voltage regulator problem?

My other question, on a 97 cbr f3 should I replace the voltage regulator with an OEM unit or are there any decent less expensive aftermarket units available?

I will probably do the job myself as I figure it will be easier to do so than to have to haul the bike in someplace.

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I replaced mine with an aftermarket VR.

Make sure you get the one with cooling fins. The stock VR's didn't have them which shortened their lifespan. EDIT: You also might want to get some of that grease that goes between electronic parts and put it between the VR and the bike frame (the VR uses the frame as a heatsink).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GUARA...spagenameZWDVW
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I replaced mine with an aftermarket VR.

Make sure you get the one with cooling fins. The stock VR's didn't have them which shortened their lifespan.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GUARA...spagenameZWDVW
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.... One more thing - never jump your battery from a car if the car's engine is running. That's how I fried mine. :icon_bigg
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Old 01-08-2007, 02:53 PM   #6
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I replaced mine with an aftermarket VR.

Make sure you get the one with cooling fins. The stock VR's didn't have them which shortened their lifespan. EDIT: You also might want to get some of that grease that goes between electronic parts and put it between the VR and the bike frame (the VR uses the frame as a heatsink).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GUARA...spagenameZWDVW

what kinda grease are you talking about? Dialectic (like for spark plugs?)?
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what kinda grease are you talking about? Dialectic (like for spark plugs?)?
Yeah, that's it.

Not really required, but wouldn't hurt.
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The regulators are a pretty common problem on those I can get you an aftermarket one for about $75-80.
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The regulators are a pretty common problem on those I can get you an aftermarket one for about $75-80.
I think that's what I paid.
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yeah buddy, Im back in business.
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