Single phase systems are the cheapest option whilst 3 phase systems give much better output at low rpms. A wiring diagram is a simplified traditional pictorial depiction of an electric circuit.
Troubleshooting lucas motorcycle electrical systems alternator systems shown here are some simple rules and diagrams to help you diagnose electrical issues.
Motorcycle alternator wiring diagram. How to convert 6v electrics to a 12v alternator system. I m still a little fuzzy about wiring but i have a 2002 xvs 650 and a 1979 xs1100 that i m turning into brat bobs. British motorcycles prior to the mid 1960s would all be wired with 6v alternators.
Collection of three wire alternator wiring diagram. Disconnect both battery cables from the battery with a wrench and tuck them away from the battery terminals before proceeding. Wiring a lucas alternator is a fairly straightforward process but some car manufacturers do position alternators in hard to access places.
It shows the parts of the circuit as streamlined forms and also the power as well as signal links in between the gadgets. Checking the wiring and connections. Modern lucas alternators are made on brand new equipment to the original drawings.
Alan osborn in roadholder. The earliest lucas alternator would be the rm15 or rm18. It is easy to tell the difference single phase have 6 coils three phase 9 you just have to look inside and count the metal.
For the xs1100 there is a kick start back p. Lucas alternator tips and hints. Checks using the headlights.
Open your car s bonnet and prop it up. These are not to be confused with the three wire three phase stators introduced much later. Most of these were originally 3 wire for 6 and 12 volt systems.
There is no way of controlling the magnetic field so the. Improving 6 volt system is possible by fitting our 6 volt solid state regulator rectifier. Testing the battery voltage.
Each electrical system is made up of 3 discrete sections ignition lighting and charging that should be treated as a separate and independent system for the purposes of repair. The alternator system fitted to british bikes from the 1960 season is a very clever way to extract the most electrical power from the least amount of space while not having to completely redesign the primary drive. The alternator we all know that this just consists of a coil of wire with a permanent magnet whizzing past it stator and rotor.
Verifying the ammeter readings. This is my basic beginners guide to diagnosing potential faults with the lucas electrical system of your classic motorbike which covers.