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Post subject: Re: XT500 12 volt conversion kits now available
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:29 am
Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:38 pm Posts: 399 Location: Chicago
Speedshop, I couldn't find this kit on your site. Also, what's the difference between the operation of your type of install (ie just changing the regulator/rectifier to 12V with no lighting coil mod) vs. tying the two lighting coils together plus adding a 12V regulator/rectifier? I'm more interested in having 12V to charge my mobile or to run a mini 12V compressor to increase tire pressure after riding off road (or pump up a flat) vs. increased headlight output. I have two US version 79 XT500's which do not have the switch to turn off the headlight so I'd prefer to still only run the headlight when the engine is running and not off the battery. Thanks in advance!
Basically generators are capable of producing a certain level of power (Power = Volts x Amps). The power of the generator hasn't been changed just the voltage at which its regulated. The orginal XT rectifier wastes half the power, the rectifier in the conversion kit uses all the power, so in effect we have increased the power available by using a much more efficient charging circuit.
Having a split AC/DC would waste a lot of power, the way round the headlamp discharging the battery is not to have a battery. Fit an eliminator, this has the advantage of not drawing any power, unlike a battery which uses power to charge. With an eliminator there is more power available to make the head lamp brighter.
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