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To Poorboy or not to Poorboy...
The only mods that I have done to my bike's charging system are the three yellow wires and replacing the dogbone fuse. To minimize load on the alternator I would like to switch to LED lights and perhaps a HID headlight.

I have not done the Poorboy modification. Obviously, if the stator goes T.U., then I'll have to do it. The question is should I wait until that happens (very little chance that I will need an emergent repair while I am 1000's of miles from home), or do I pre-emptively make the modification? Or are there two types of GL1200s (those that have been modified and those that will be modified)?

The thought of doing the mod actually sounds pretty cool. What concerns me is that it will take much longer to accomplish than planned and eat into the already short CT riding season...I'm already down a week because of the brakes.

Any thoughts?
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#1 04-19-2017, 05:05 PM
Doesnt take long to do, I did both mine while original was good, gives lots of energy for extra lighting without the battery going flat.

Not a difficult job

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#2 04-19-2017, 07:38 PM
only takes about 8 hrs or less of work as long as you are using DON"s kit,and have the extra items on hand
if you are fabricating the brackets may take you alot longer

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#3 04-20-2017, 06:37 AM
if you do the poorboy install you won't have to change to led lights unless you want to and you'll have plenty on power to run heated gear so you can extend your riding season, and if the alternator goes out while you are away from home you can get another one from any auto parts store

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