Electrical "Tune up" for the LC Intruder

Cleaning and servicing your charging/starting system for optimum performance.

The Intruder LC operates at the very outer limit of its own electrical capabilities, therefore it is absolutely critical that ALL electrical components be providing 100% of their capacity at all times.

Any amount of corrosion anywhere in the system will reduce the charging efficiency of your bike by just enough to leave you stranded. Your bike is not equipped with moisture proof connections, and they are very susceptable to corrosion, over a short period of time, regardless of the weather you ride in. There are three areas that should be tended to now, if you haven't done so already.

1.) Battery Terminal Service

Even if they look clean, disconnect both battery terminals and clean them and lube them with di-electric grease (ask for it at your local auto discount store). And while you're down there, remove the negative cable from the starter housing, and remove any paint from its mating surface and use the same lube there also.

2.) Regulator/Rectifier Connection

Remove the large chrome engine cover from the left side of the engine (the one with the little scoop vent molded into it), disconnect the large regulator/rectifier plug that connects the main harness to the rectifier and spray it clean with electrical contact cleaner spray (ask for it at your local auto discount store), then lube each one of its pins with di-electric grease.

3.) Speedometer Console Connection

Next time you have the speedometer console off, do the same thing with the speedometer base plug to prevent irratic problems with guages and panel lights.While not considered a part of the Charging/Starting sytem, neglect here can have some annoying results with irratic guages and panel lights.

Consider the purchase of a Battery tender or Battery Tender Jr. or other "smart" type trickle charger to keep the battery at its highest capacity when the bike is not being used regularly.

Even though these gel cell type batteries may show a full charge, they may lose the cranking amps that are required for this bike over a period of time, and generally after three years use, these batteries can lose enough of their cranking amp capacity to let you down at any time.

The use of Decompression valves in the starting system enables the LC to be engineered with the smallest and lightest components, and keep the overall cost of the bike down, but the down side of that is that they must all operate at 100% efficiency.

Clean the connections, charge the battery, and if it lets you down again, it's likely time for a new battery.

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