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Topic: 12v Conversion?
Greg
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Posts: 8
12v Conversion?
on: January 25, 2016, 10:02

Hi looking for some more information if possible.


Does anyone know if the Rex's Speed Shop 12v conversion is a worthwhile update. Also, is electronic ignition a good modification?


Any help/ advice much appreciated.


Only 4-days into ownership and would like to get it mechanically in the best shape possible.


Thank you


Kind regards


Greg


nick7
Member
Posts: 10
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: January 31, 2016, 21:06

Hi, I fitted the conversion recently, and the headlamp kit. Indicators work, bright headlamp. BUT the charging cannot keep up. Rex do an upgraded lighting charging coil. It sounded tricky to fit so they fitted it though they don't normally work on whole bikes. It will still not charge enough to ride with. 55w headlamp bulb, so have today switched to a 35 W one….which am assured will not overtax the charger. It all adds up , not cheap.Am reserving judgement until I can get out next w/e and see if it all works. Btw the headlamp kit uses H4 bulb , though the glass is flat not curved. And the H4 bulb I bought in Halfords today ,35/35 w had one tang that was too wide for the bulb holder…I just trimmed it with some tin snips and it went in OK. Marcus at Rex is a nice guy and cleaned the bike up last week after I had ridden down in salt etc, and refined the number plate which was hanging off when I got there! I still run the points, not electronic ignition btw.


nick7
Member
Posts: 10
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: January 31, 2016, 21:11

Oh and btw Rex are now appointed agents of Kedo so you can get the stuff through them…I found the site a bit clunky.had to but new perfect replica exhaust in s/s…indistinguishable from original though pricey. The one on the bike was original, looked ok but blew and was thin in many places and could not be welded.get the Kedo new catalogue if you haven't already.


halfmad
Member
Posts: 247
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: January 31, 2016, 23:15

I wish Marcus all the best and not trying to ruin anything


But read the posts about their stuff


Aftermarket stuff can be a lot of crap


He may lose a lot of money sending stuff back


i'd rather pay 3 or 4 times the price for original Yamaha


Tell them not to send me a catalogue


Thanks


Love driving xt500′s even love it more when i’m sober

nick7
Member
Posts: 10
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: February 1, 2016, 08:42

Well I can't speak for anything but the silencer…top kit, you can't tell it's not Yamaha, and it's S/s…and buying Yamaha is not an option for that part. On my Jota, I had some original piggy back marzochis fully restored and v pretty, but the Wilburs on there now are staying….specifically which Kedo bits are no good? Think I have a loom on mine…perfect as far as I can see…


Tommy10bikes
Member
Posts: 106
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: February 4, 2016, 19:30

Some of Kedo stuff is good but seat covers are crap , i have had 2 split and found better on ebay, panels and muddys are excellent and there are plenty of stuff that is good, it is worth checking Yamaha for some of the parts as they can be cheaper from them rather than kedo.


I have 12v on my dakar replica but find 6v ok for me , i also run points and even my 78 hasnt had the points touched for 5 years and it still fires up 2nd kick after 5 months.


TTB


Tommy10bikes
Member
Posts: 106
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: February 4, 2016, 19:30

Some of Kedo stuff is good but seat covers are crap , i have had 2 split and found better on ebay, panels and muddys are excellent and there are plenty of stuff that is good, it is worth checking Yamaha for some of the parts as they can be cheaper from them rather than kedo.


I have 12v on my dakar replica but find 6v ok for me , i also run points and even my 78 hasnt had the points touched for 5 years and it still fires up 2nd kick after 5 months.


TTB


nick7
Member
Posts: 10
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: May 3, 2016, 15:56

Ok, an update. Still losing charge with lights on….back to Marcus on Sat. Rotor had runner through new lighting coil…he has noticed some do this, some don't! Design now revised, new coil fitted, hey presto all working…nice to have indicators as well as headlight! Marcus also commented on the noise..I had noticed it but disregarded …all engine bolts loose! Much smoother ride home…must go over this bike properly and check stuff! Have the sump gasket, filter, all washers and seals to enable proper oil change now.Many more filters than my Jota that's for sure.Somewhat surprised not to see even one XT at Hastings yesterday…I went on BMW with wife…quite a few accidents caused major diversions.

Nick


BOB123
Member
Posts: 1
Re: 12v Conversion?
on: February 23, 2018, 17:44

Hi,


Could someone help.


I bought an XT500 1981.

When I had bought it the engine was out and the previous owner had started fitting a 12v power dynamo conversion.


I am currently at the stage where the motor runs, the indicators, brake lights, horn, parking light, and stop switch work, but I am having a lot of trouble with the headlights.

I have carried out the tests adviced by power dynamo to prove that their stator and regulator is working and everything is fine.


I will start with stupid question, I have a 4 position switch, am I correct in thinking the second position would be the normal ON operating position ?


When I put the switch in the second position I have no headlight or tail light, but if I put it in the 3rd or 4th position I have headlight and tail light but the switch seems to be the opposite way around and something seems to be mixed with the parking light.


Any ideas?

tHANKS


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