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    Can the 2004, 1700 Road Star Midnight Silverados charging system be upgraded? Ive heard the 05 has a better charging system, and would work in the 04.
    Does anyone know if this is correct?
    And if so, what all needs to be done to compleate this task correctly?

  • #2
    Yes change the stator and reg/rect to an 05 and it will all work.

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    • #3
      Link to the old site will get you started. Sadly, the pictures have disappeared, but the text will walk you through it. Googling will find some pictures, too.

      https://web.archive.org/web/20180223.../view/189/103/

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      • Darkwingduck
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        Thanks, will check it out!

    • #4
      Question is - is the original charging system working okay.
      Scott B.

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      • #5
        1. I've owned the bike for roughly 4 years now with no trouble until now. Ive some accessories running this whole time. open up until recently she's always run great but now she's eating batteries, and not holding a charge pretty much at all. Upon tracing the electrical systems for the problem I came across a ground short in the stereo system but I believe that's probably caused the voltage regulator as well as the stator to go bad, over the course of these past four years! So my plan is now to change these parts but to upgrade to the to the 05 charging system. Any additional thoughts to this? I will add, she does run if I charge the battery with a charger, but if I ride for a long. And turn her off she will be dead. I carry a jump-start pack in my saddle bag!

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        • #6
          Sounds like Regulator/ Rectifier is fried ?

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          • #7
            Read up on checking the AC voltage from the stator. It's probably okay.
            Scott B.

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            • #8
              Yeah, I had a link that looked like a good "road star for idots" page, but the photos are no longer available. I have a couple multimeters but eletrical is foreign to me! Lol, but I'm willing to learn. My lady bought me an aftermarket R/R off amazon. The same issue is present with that one installed as well...

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              • #9
                Also mentioned that googling the problem will turn up gobs of info.

                99% of motorcycles use the same principal for charging a battery and running all the electrical components of a bike.

                https://www.google.com/search?q=diag...&client=safari


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                • #10
                  Im actually going out now to work on her. Ill try to find a link to testing the stator.

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                • #11
                  heres a link to a flow chart for troubleshooting. BTW , what kind of battery? and do u have the upgraded cables size installed? (fat battery cables)?
                  https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/10...29069374954073

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