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Yet another 6 volt regulator died on me. It was a US made one sold by Standard Products. Actually, it gave me several years of good service before failing. I pulled out another US made one that I had in reserve that I got from somewhere else and it was dead out of the box (first time that happened to me using a US made one). I bit the bullet and went looking for another solution. Bus Driver had posted previously suggesting trying Wilton Auto Electric, so I thought I would give that a try. It took some going back and forth to get it working properly, but I am happy to say I am the proud owner of a 6 volt system with electronic ignition and regulator. No more corroding points for me on that Cub. Of course it would have been cheaper to convert to 12 volts, but that is not what I wanted to do. Wilton Auto Electric can be found at http://www.wiltonae.com I am passing this information on for the benefit of others on this forum and have no other interest in the company other than being a recent customer.
90 bucks doesn't seem so bad if the regulators that are available aren't lasting and need frequent replacement. Was the tweeking required a big deal? Was it on your end or Wilton's? I'd guess that whatever Wilton learned would be applied in any future Cub conversions. I'm pretty interested.
The tweeking was on Wilton's end. He customizes the circuit for the application. Without the generator in hand, there was some trial and error. For example, he originally installed a big resistor on the bottom of the regulator. When I got it back after tweeking, it was removed. He had done a Cub installation before and he said it took 2 tries. Unfortunately, he did not keep good notes. This time he said he would start a proper file and save the information so I doubt there would be any tweeking on subsequent installations, but I do not know for sure.
I have not used any of his regulators. I had assumed that telling him the rated amperage of your generator would be sufficient. Using a regulator that permits the generator to charge at rates ( amperage) greater than the rating risks burning out the generator. Using a regulator that limits the charge rate much below the generator rating risks undercharging the battery in some circumstances. A good electronic regulator is much more precise than the electro-mechanical and should extend battery life, perhaps making the battery last considerably longer. That may help offset the cost of the regulator. Over and under-charging both adversely affect battery life.
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