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Unread 01-29-2009, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Solenoid resistor...need or not ?

I'm all done with my conversion, cart ran for 5 or 10 seconds at midnight, then next day nothing. I think it is the solenoid (HD) that is bad, My question is some diagrams show a 250 resistor on or at the terminals to the solenoid and some dont, Do I need it or not and what does it do ? I have a new replacement already but dont want to install unless I'm sure about this. 75 bucks is expensive for 10 seconds of run time. Thanks in advance !Mike
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Unread 01-29-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Solenoid resistor...need or not ?

YERS you need both the resistor and the diode according to the Alltrax website where you can find a complete explanation on the reasoning...
This is great reading for the conversion buff......
http://www.alltraxinc.com/files/Doc1...ns-Learned.pdf
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Unread 01-29-2009, 05:17 PM   #3
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Thank You Scotty !!! I knew you'd know. Thanks for all your help thus far, the project is real close to completion... Until I go to 48V soon !
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Unread 01-29-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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Default Re: Solenoid resistor...need or not ?

What is this on my solenoid 97 cc VGlide
Check this thread out, are these the parts you guys are speaking of???

If opinions on these have changed...Im glad I saved the old parts

Im now off to read the PDF from Alltrax..it seemed very interseting...but wanted to post this while the thread was active
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Unread 01-29-2009, 06:25 PM   #5
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Scotty, The PDF file you referred to is awesome information. I am redoing my solenoid right now with diodes and resistors ! I just hope damage wasn't already done
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Unread 01-29-2009, 08:21 PM   #6
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Some say they have gotten away without that stuff but then others haven't made it 30 seconds? It can't hurt..... doesn't cost much...and looks cool
Kinda like the Big fuse they supply with all of their controllers too.....250 - 400 amp. I found the price varied a bunch and the best deals were on ebay .... for all U bargain hunters
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Unread 01-29-2009, 09:40 PM   #7
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Well, after alot of troubleshooting I have reached the conclusion that its going to the shop. I cant get it to do anything, and triple checked all wires and connections. Mike
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Unread 01-29-2009, 09:44 PM   #8
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Have you tested the pot? Solenoid clicking?
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Unread 01-29-2009, 09:49 PM   #9
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Hey roady, Yes I tested the pot and its functioning. The solenoid is brand new today and does not click. I'm getting weird readings @ solenoid, Input at one big lug is 38.6 and on other big lug is slowly climbing from 25.4, does that indicate a place to start or faulty part ?
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Unread 01-29-2009, 09:57 PM   #10
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Either its a bad solenoid or the something in the solenoid activation circuit is screwy. Have you tried to "hot wire" the small terminals to see if the solenoid will work? Have you tried tapping the solenoid? Is it a 48 VDC solenoid?
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