Ironhead Diode..

Discussion in 'Classic Models' started by IronKiwi, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. IronKiwi

    IronKiwi Member

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    Kia Ora folks, this is my first post and undoubtedly not my last so I'll just get straight to the point.

    Bought a 1980 XLS Sporty that was all together except for the wiring and so I got the manual and re-wired the beast and its all good but there is one thing i can't work out.

    In the orange wire that feeds the generator and oil pressure lights up in the headlamp it shows (in the manual) a diode......I do not have one and my Harley dealer reckons 4-12 weeks to get one.

    Is there an off the shelf diode i can get from a Radio Shack type place?Anybody got any specs or advice please? Do I even need it?

    Old Harley parts can be a mission to get hold of down here in New Zealand.

    Great site BTW :)
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    A diode is a current limiting device that allows the current to flow in one direction only. If you have the values for the diode, you can purchase one elsewhere.
     
  3. IronKiwi

    IronKiwi Member

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    Aye.....its the values I need though....any ideas where i can get them from?
     
  4. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Dealer would be the best bet.
     
  5. gs34

    gs34 Junior Member

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    If you could locate an elictrical schematic, the electrical value of componants are often shown there.....
    Just a thought.
     
  6. IronKiwi

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    Thanks the prompt replies, I took the workshop manual down to my local auto electical dude and he worked it out for me. Cost me $5 for the diode and beer for his time :s