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Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:16 PM

I noticed that my tractor was not charging so I looked at the wiring diagram again and noticed that there is a ground wire coming from the regulator and going to the battery ground. I ran a ground wire and TADA!! it is charging. My question, is 16 gage wire going to be heavy enough? I could not find any info on wire size. the tractor is a H16.

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Posted March 07, 2012 - 11:36 PM

It will work , but bigger is better. I like to use 12 and no smaller than 14,If it can't handle the amps you will know soon enough.
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 08:33 AM

I wonder if that is my problem also. Does anyone know where i could find a good wiring diagram for an 800. The one in the parts manual is impossible to follow the route of some of the wires.

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Posted March 08, 2012 - 12:41 PM

Trent, I was thinking that the regulator was grounded through the frame but maybe due to the way the tube are made they needed a better ground???? My manual shows six to eight wiring diagrams both magnito and solid state and all of them show a ground wire coming off the regulator.
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 12:49 PM

Some of the regulators are grounding through the mounting tabs. The ones that are have a wire coming off the back side, usually a copper braided wire and it is soldered or riveted to one of the mounting tabs.
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Posted March 08, 2012 - 02:57 PM

Some of the regulators are grounding through the mounting tabs. The ones that are have a wire coming off the back side, usually a copper braided wire and it is soldered or riveted to one of the mounting tabs.


:ditto:


I wonder if that is my problem also. Does anyone know where i could find a good wiring diagram for an 800. The one in the parts manual is impossible to follow the route of some of the wires.


The wiring on the early tubeframes is pretty straight forward and easy to follow....

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Posted March 09, 2012 - 01:09 PM

The diagram is great but remember the Starter/Gen has 3 lines, it takes the ground as bolted to chassis.
I use dialectric grease on all my electrical connections to prevent corrosion. I have great success fixxing things buy taking apart, cleaning, and grease dab. Found some #12 nuts in stainless for the starter connections, that helps.

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Posted March 09, 2012 - 05:32 PM

Yes a good ground is important. I noticed on the older Bolens tractors that the regulator is rubber mounted to isolate it from vibrations. Make sure the little braided ground from the regulator to its mounting bracket is in good shape also. Proper charging voltage should be around 14.7 volts if you get much higher then that it will start boiling the battery!




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