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6v or 12v?

Post  Gomez85 on Sun 02 Nov 2008, 11:35 pm

With the advances made to electronics these past few years, is there anyone still flying the 6v flag?? I have converted my bike to a CE 12v and I love it. I used the external regulated version (hiding the regualtor behind my battery on the lower part of the fender) with great success. I would like to hear from others on their thoughts.
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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  Perdix on Wed 05 Nov 2008, 8:42 am

My FrankenChief will be 12v.
Better parts availability and more options.
But then, I'm not a great one for originality...

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Post  Tbone on Wed 25 Nov 2009, 4:32 pm

I had my stock generator rebuilt and wired for 12v and put a led bulb in the tail light and a brighter headlight. My thinking was I was going to do some cross country riding and bulbs and coil would be an easy find in a jam. 6 volt lighting almost got me rearended. I ended up not using the original generator and put a new 12 volt gen with solid state regulator on and run it. High output, electronic, and no cut out to adjust. Not stock looking, but works great and in a jam as 12 volt parts easier to pick up at a auto parts store. ~T~

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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  indianfrank on Sun 24 Jan 2010, 11:19 pm

I stayed with the 6 volt when I rebuilt my 48. I do not think the lighting is any worse then my old 12 volt BSA and triump, but I do not travel as much on the indian as I do on my Harley Ultra,

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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  Micmac on Sun 31 Jan 2010, 10:29 pm

Here's some high powered 6 volt bulbs if you are so inclined. Cool

http://www.classicandvintagebulbs.com/page2.html
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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  indianfrank on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 9:20 pm

thanks I am looking into getting them

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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  Micmac on Sat 06 Feb 2010, 11:48 pm

No problem, good to see someone in this "Ghost town" forum. I like this site, wish more came here!
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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  Micmac on Sun 07 Feb 2010, 11:37 am

Yep, I'm trying to find one not made outta unobtainuim. I'll prolly wait tiill Davenport or Rhinebeck to pull the trigger. $1200 hurts Evil or Very Mad
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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  msandream on Thu 08 Apr 2010, 2:53 am

what? that part cost about $1200? that's very expensive

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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  Micmac on Sat 10 Apr 2010, 4:57 am


Yes I am registered on both, as well as AMCA and Indian Motorcycle Community Forum.
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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  Micmac on Sat 10 Apr 2010, 4:59 am

msandream wrote:what? that part cost about $1200? that's very expensive

Welcome to the world of classic Indian Motorcycles affraid
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Re: 6v or 12v?

Post  Yellow53Chief on Wed 28 Apr 2010, 3:40 pm

Hi,
If you plan on riding with your headlight on all the time, the 6V original unit just won't cut it. I have found that even with the third brush maxed-out you can barely get 1 ampere extra out of the unit with the lights on. Add the brake light now and then and then add the horn now and then and the battery will eventually become discharged. I used to get by with a daily trickle charge from the battery charger but that is a hassle. On my machine I wanted to stay somewhat original so I am currently running the 6V fan cooled Police generator. I have all the power I need for headlight, spotlights, extra rear running lights and a pair of extra horns on my front crashbar. The biggest drawback of the Police generator is the scarcity of the generator and mounting bracket. The Police generator is a shunt-wound automotive-type unit and for generator regulation, I am using a three-relay Delco-Remy regulator mounted in the front of the engine. With the Delco unit I have fully adjustable independent voltage and current regulation. The original Auto-Lite Police regulator had a combined voltage/current regulator, which works but the negative ground original regulator is very rare. Most guys in Central New York that ride their bikes a lot have converted to the Cycle Electric 12V unit and have had very good results. I am not running any 12V accessories, but if I wanted to I would choose the Cycle Electric 12V unit. Converting the 6V original Indian generator to 12V is an option, but the original generator case is not fan cooled and pulling extra power out of the case will lead to an overheated condition. Short brush life has been reported as a result. The Cycle Electric 12V generator will fit into the original generator mount and today costs in the vicinity of $365.00 from several different vendors. Sincerely, Steven Bailey baiste@sgu.edu

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