WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by denisp » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:31 pm

its possible change electry plant HD WL from 6V to 12V? what change? its better?



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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by panhead » Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:55 pm

Yes, it's possible, but why would you want to do it?

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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by RooDog » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:06 pm

LOL.... Better lighting, and better electronic ignitions if you choose to go that route. Light bulbs readily available if needed away from home. Modern sealed batteries with more amp hour reserve should the modern 12V dynamo fail, Oh, did I mention, better lighting.
If it is a rider's motorcycle, and one is not stuck on 1930's antiquated technology, 12Volts is the way to go....
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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by denisp » Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:24 pm

RooDog wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:06 pm
LOL.... Better lighting, and better electronic ignitions if you choose to go that route. Light bulbs readily available if needed away from home. Modern sealed batteries with more amp hour reserve should the modern 12V dynamo fail, Oh, did I mention, better lighting.
If it is a rider's motorcycle, and one is not stuck on 1930's antiquated technology, 12Volts is the way to go....
....RooDog.....
yes understan...if I wanted to use it more, making more way to be clear, it becomes easier with such an old vehicle...thanks

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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by Pascal » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:15 pm

I understand the transfer to 12V,...but I haven't needed it sofar and yes; my bike is used on a weekly basis and for holiday trips too.
Yes; 6V bulbs are harder to get, so are 6V batteries.
Then again, if your system is tuned...6V will take you around the world.

12V requires a proper voltage regulator, which is easier on any battery.
12V is also easier on your wiring; twice the voltage means half the amperage..
As mentioned before; 12V bulbs are easier to get, any fuelstation should have some.
Better lightning? 35 Watt headlight requires 6 amps on an original 6V system, and only half of that on a 12V system..
Still...35 Watt is 35 Watt; the light will not burn brighter on either system.

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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by panhead » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:37 pm

And a generator...

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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by Pascal » Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:43 pm

No; the 32E altenator can be rewired to 12V.
But it will still be an altenator..

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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by ixtee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:28 am

nowadays there are led bulbs available that will provide better and more light...you'll even have to disconnect the extra coil...

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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by ixtee » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:19 pm

https://www.45parts.eu/index.php?action ... 23&lang=EN


btw...while busy, change the taillightbulb as well..

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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by Frankenstein » Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:53 pm

My personal opinion follows Roo Dog's suggestions.
Conversion can be as simple as Removing the third brush from your 32E generator, and wiring your generator like a 2 brush. Add a 12 volt regulator and you're in business. Not the most efficient system, but workable. Next step up is using the fields out of a Harley 65A generator in your 32E. This makes a most satisfactory conversion and will last for years and years. I have a couple of these conversions with over 40 years of use on them.
A Harley generator is a well engineered, reliable piece of machinery which needs little upkeep. New sealed bearings and a modern lip seal on the generator shaft and you're in for many trouble free miles. An alternator has only one inherent advantage over a generator, No Brushes. HD brushes are rugged and long lasting, so are not a reason to base changing equipment for.
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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by panhead » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:21 pm


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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by flatheadDave » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:28 pm

You can change a 6 volt 45 to 12 volt. I have done this with my last 45 flathead. Heres a magneto 1939 I just did -

6v to 12 volt equipment changes
- Generator
- coil
- headlight, dash lights, tail and stop light bulbs
- relay/regulator
- battery
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Re: WL can change from 6V to 12V?

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Post by RooDog » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:59 pm

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