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Hi guys. I needed to replace my regulator/rectifier, and I found a seller in Shanghai China on Ebay that is selling them for $15 plus $10 for shipping. I figured that for $25 I can't go wrong. LOL. I got the part today, and it looks just like the OEM part. Does anyone here have experience with these chinese regulators? Thanks for any input.
 

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Working on the assumption that you get what you pay for...
It will be interesting to see how well they work / how long they last. The actual electronics in these things cost pence, the packaging is the expensive bit. And, as most of these devices are actually manufactured in China any way, you might have found a cheap way of replacing this regularly failing component. Could you give us the supplier details please?
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Working on the assumption that you get what you pay for...
It will be interesting to see how well they work / how long they last. The actual electronics in these things cost pence, the packaging is the expensive bit. And, as most of these devices are actually manufactured in China any way, you might have found a cheap way of replacing this regularly failing component. Could you give us the supplier details please?
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The seller's Ebay name is kleiner-chinese .The part is listed as
Regulator Rectifier for CBR 600 900 RR VFR VTR Hornet.

They initially told me that shipping would take a month, but I recieved mine in about a week.
 

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OK, so today I replaced the OEM regulator rectifier with the new chinese one. My initial observations are that the new one looks like OEM, except that it's a bit smaller in size than the original. Is the updated version a bit smaller on these units? Otherwise, it bolted right in. I will keep you posted when the battery arrives in a few days.
 

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Update:
I got my new battery installed, and tested the charging system. I'm getting a perfect 14.5 volts at the battery, so it appears that this chinese voltage regulator may be the way to go. If it should happen to fail, I will keep everyone updated.
 

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The one I got for my VFR (and never installed it) was from Rick's Electronics, bought off of wiremybike.com.

I sold it this past summer. It had a sticker on it that said it was made in China.

<shrug>
 

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I bought an upgraded Honda R/R for the Fireblade, they have cooling fins on them now. It's working OK but I have only done a few thousand miles on the bike since fitting it.

For the VFR I got a Tour Max one, read some good reviews on them. It's working OK still, done a lot more miles than the FireBlade too.
 

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99% of electronic parts are made right in china anyways...some of the "name brand" parts come from the same damn factory as the knock offs...the only difference is the quality control and tolerances...a lot of the time the part is the exact same thing...but sometimes you get the dud...My brother lives in hong kong right now and he said you wouldnt believe the stuff he found out...BIG NAME companies sourcing their labor to factories that mae parts for 50 different people....

i think you will be fine with the part you got..most likely its made at the same place the more expensive part is...
 

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honda OEM out sources for their parts...OEM doesnt necessarily mean honda MAKES the part..they simply told someone else how they want it made and what guidelines to follow...
 

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Honda usually source their electrical parts from places such as Nippon Denso, Alps, Mitsuba, Mitsuboshi, Mitsubishi, Toyo and Stanley etc.
Also to many people this may be a surprise, but the Honda parts manufacturing and supply is also worldwide, and many of their parts can come labeled as 'Made in India, Mexico, USA, Canada, UK, Europe etc.

I ordered one of these today and wasn't surprised to see the same unit being sold from $25.00 with free shipping, upwards to $100.00. So I bought this one to test out. Besides the price, I liked the dual heat sinks and its slightly bigger size.

Regulator Rectifier for CBR600 CBR900 CB250 CB 400 500 - eBay (item 150461946140 end time Apr-25-11 09:49:15 PDT)
 

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I am impressed BIG TIME, I paid for the unit on the 28th of April and it arrived yesterday. I mean,,, that thing must have flown across the ocean from China and with free shipping too.
 

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Ah Des, I cant tell if it works BECAUSE the bikes 1600 miles away from me at present and so is the little unit I bought. I wont know for sure about its performance until May.
 

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Ah Des, I cant tell if it works BECAUSE the bikes 1600 miles away from me at present and so is the little unit I bought. I wont know for sure about its performance until May.
Ha ha, I see! Well, remember to post up the results, a long-term test would be good too :thumb:
 

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I plan to install it and then compare the charging rate etc, against the one thats in there now.
Once its passed the test data I'll put the good old one safely wrapped up and stored in the rear cubby hole,,,, just in case.
I think 1000 miles or so should be a decent amount of time for a performance/reliability test.
I mean really, $25.00 US price for the part doesn't give me 100% peace of mind, but we shall see.
 
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