XT600 help needed
I'm one of those people who loves XT600s, and not because I've never owned other 600 size dual sport (over the years I've owned just about every 600+ size thumper and still own an '08 DR650). Anyway, I looked and looked and found a '93 XT600E to buy. 9 out of 10 cosmetics. Runs great. Needed tires which I've mounted. Here's the problem: possibly 2 problems or one inter-related problem. My charging system isn't up to spec. Can only measure 11.5 volts when engine is running, at any rpm. Headlight gets brighter and dimmer with the revs but the measurement never gets near the 14+ volts I should be seeing. After a short ride a measurable voltage drop has happened to the battery. Probably the stator. Maybe rectifier isn't converting enough AC to DC? Regulators usually fail in the opposite mode letting too much voltage through and frying the battery. Second, or related problem: new battery drains down from full 13+ volt charge to 8 - 9 volts in 24 hours. If I disconnect the + terminal (or both) the battery holds its charge for as long as I've measured so far (week and a half). So current has to be leaking somewhere. If I disconnect the + and probe around with my multi-meter attached to the - the only time I get a current flow of .4 - .5 volts is when I touch the other multimeter probe to the exhaust headers! Seems odd. I haven't started pulling my loom apart everywhere yet in the hopes one of you guys has an idea about this. Could this leak be originating in the charging circuit? Regarding the stator, I have looked all over the internet for a replacement and they appear to be un-obtainium. Too me, this implies that failing stators were an issue with these bikes and that's why the supply of replacements has been exhausted. There's a used one with bad connectors on ebay ($169) but who knows what condition that's in. Does anyone know of a source for these or some shop repairing them on a core exchange basis? Or a different stator that can be modified to work? Obviously, I can't ride very far without my charging system working, so I need help. Any suggestions for these issues would be appreciated.