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Why, thank you *blush*

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Wired up the new headlight and it flickers HARD at idle. That's to be expected, and it flickered on the XR, but this severe flicker makes me wonder if it's abusing the LED. Need to get in touch with Cyclops (they made everything) nd see what they say about it. It's supposed to be good for 9-32 volts. My digital meter shows 11.2 at idle with little variation, but a blip of the throttle shows about 13. Shouldn't be a low voltage issue, maybe just a low performance rectifier? I dunno...over my head.

Decided to repair the broken decomp lever. These have been broken on every one of my XR/XL's. I don't know why I enjoy fixing levers like this. Something satisfying about repairing mundane items vs just spending 8 bucks and throwing the old one in the trash. Powdercoat it to match the rest when the light mounts are done.







Made it a touch shorter than stock. 1 finger length instead of two. Happy with the result, and maybe it won't snap off the next time the bike falls over due to not sticking out so far.

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The light flicker may be solvable with a capacitor.
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given that it's an AC system I don't think you can run a capacitor on the bike side (was my first thought too)

maybe you could add one after the rectifier

A steering damper dampens steering oscillations. If it starts to leak, it may become a steering dampener. There's no such thing as a dampner.

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Well, household appliance use capacitors on AC current, so there should be suitable capacitors for either voltage type, but I don't know how to go about sizing one. But yeah, I think you guys are on the right track.

Curious why the difference in flickering, but just looking at the way the windings of the stator are laid may be enough to explain why the XL pulses harder.
XR4 first, XL on the bottom. Maybe the circular pattern creates a more constant voltage without so much downtime between magnet passes? Either way, pretty wimpy systems God bless LED's!


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capacitors are often used in turning AC into DC

if you have DC with significant fluctuation (because it's AC based, low frequency, and not well buffered), you can add a capacitor across the leads and it'll help even out the voltage

if you have AC with low enough frequency and add a capacitor I think it'll just blow up the capacitor

a capacitor essentially resists change in voltage: when you first start adding voltage, it sucks it up. when you first start reducing voltage, it spits it back out. with AC going from positive to negative, I'd expect it to (essentially) try and make the voltage 0 (since 0 is the average voltage on an AC system)

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with AC going from positive to negative, I'd expect it to (essentially) try and make the voltage 0 (since 0 is the average voltage on an AC system)
It's much more complicated then that. And while the average cycle would be zero voltage, that's not how AC is measured.

I find it's easiest to think of a capacitor as a tiny battery that charges and discharges very fast.

Assuming the capacitor is matched to the peak voltage (we'll assume 12v), then when the current starts to ramp from say 0v to 12v, the capacitor is going to be charging and not adding anything to the current.

As soon as the current passes peak and starts dropping back to 0v, the capacitor is going to discharge it's stored energy.

It will then do the same thing going from 0v to -12v, only on the other side of the plate inside the capacitor.

It would basically fill in the after peak "valleys" of the sine wave as it discharges, but it gets messy because the capacitor takes some small amount of time to charge and discharge.
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