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Do the 2012s have electrical charging issues?

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Old 03-26-2012, 09:56 AM
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Default Do the 2012s have electrical charging issues?

A friend just wrote in Facebook the line below. I had not heard any issues with the 2012s pertaining to charging.

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:07 AM
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No issues with mine so far...
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:09 AM
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I haven't had any problems.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:11 AM
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:19 AM
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This is the first I've heard about this issue being more prevalent on the 2012 bikes.

From my experience, every Harley I've owned has eventually needed a new alternator stator and/or voltage regulator if I kept it for any length of time. If the alt. quit on a '12 bike, that's pretty quick but would probably have happened eventually anyway.

Edit: I just did a Google search about this and the results pretty much confirm my personnal experiences. The alternator stators on Harleys have been failing fairly regularly since they started using them. The general concensus is that the engine vibrations eventually cause the windings to rub together till they short out.

High-quality aftermarket high output stator/rotor kits seem to be the only permanent fix.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:56 PM
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My 2012 Street Glide has had a couple of issues with the charging system. First time it was lose cables. This time not so sure but I re-tightened all the cables and it seems to be working again. Will ride it tomorrow afternoon and see how it goes.

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Old 05-22-2012, 02:35 PM
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Default Electra Glide 2012 charging isses

Ihaveachargingproblemwhenthetemperatureistohot. In the morning everything is OK, the battery is charging well. But when the temperature come hot the bike stop charging. any one have seen the same problem?

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Old 05-22-2012, 02:50 PM
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If you have problems with charging when the engine gets hot you probably have a stator that is failing (shorting to ground) when it heats up and expands.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:44 PM
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I have heard Voltage regulators on the 12 bikes are dropping like flies.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:21 PM
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Thank you for the answer. The problem is to reproduce the problem when the bike is at the dealer. I will show him your answer.
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