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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-30-2014, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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ok I have a 2002 v stat 1100 and after about 30 miles it fouls the plugs, I have been through the carbs 3 times cant find any thing wrong, bike has had long shot pipes on it since new, jets are 110 in the front and 12.5 in rear witch are stock jets, it acts like the plugs are not firing hot enough, going to check the voltage regulator and stator today, has anyone ran into this before, I am 99% sure it is electrical and not fuel, any help would be great
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 09:31 AM
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It's not that unusual for a bad ignition coil to cause the problem you're seeing. The output tends to go down as they warm up, usually about 20 or 30 minutes. And everything will be fine again once it cools back down...for another 20 or 30 minutes.

I'm not sure how your charging system would be suspect unless your battery is also draining and/or going dead. While you're in there checking that out, you might as well check and make sure your grounds are all gütentight.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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the stator is putting out good ac voltage but when I check voltage at the battery I have 13.8 at idle and 13.6 when I rev it up to around 3500, so not sure if I have a regulator problem or igniter problem, I was thinking coils but both plugs will foul, I guess there could be a problem with both coils but what are the chances of that
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-31-2014, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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sparkn if you search 2028 and read his post my bike is doing the same thing down to the mile, but he never posted if he ever found the problem
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Hi mate this might be able to be done or not but if you want to check if it is the coil chnage them around ,you know which plug is foulng now connect the lead from that cylinder to the other if it fouls you know its the coil .
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they will both foul, one time the front will foul first and then the next time the back one might, both plugs are running very rich
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your jets are backwards 112 in the front,has the pms screws been adjusted,what plugs are in it.bpr7es
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Hi mate well this is a bit of a tricky one ,you have the correct heat range plugs i imagine as your not silly ,i am tending to think it may be fuel or something more sinister as unless both your coils are stuffed only one plug should foul at a time but it may still be the but it is a long shot.The other thing is have you checked your compression ,are the plugs oily when you take them out or just dry carbon ,if your compression is down it may be a worn or broken ring but we really dont want to go down that track yet .Have you been mucking about with the carbs as nick57 has said if your jets are around the wrong way maybe this is the problem ,these are only suggestions mate but keep us informed as what you do .
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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both plugs are black and sooty, it has the right plugs an jets the bike ran great for 21000 miles it was parked for the winter and when spring came around is when it started, I have been through the carbs 3 times, was thinking electrical so the stator and regulator both check good, next I was going to ohm the coils
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Hi mate this might sound a bit dumb but you said you had it parked for the winter ,did you use any form of stabilizer in your fuel or did you drain the tank ? Regular startup can help but wont stop the fuel from degrading ,Fuel here has a life expectancy of around three months before it starts to degrade ,mixing new fuel with old is not a good idea either ,check your coils but i would find it unusual that they both go at the same time but you never know . Check all your wiring connections just in case one has come loose or some fury creature might have wanted to have a fang on it et us know what you find .
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