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Onan 12 MDJC - 3r/2268d (1985)


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Voltage regulator (Magnicitor). If the gen is run at lower than normal rpm the coils can smoke. Unfortunately, they are almost Unobtainium...
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How do I disconnect the Voltage regulator?
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Not super familiar w/ the Magnicitor sets, hopefully Leon will chime in - he's the resident guru on those. Shouldn't be too hard, just a couple of wires to tag/disconnect.
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Leon,

Can you please advise what needs to br done for disconnecting a Voltage regulator on my 12 MDJC-3R/2668D. In a nut shell I am in the process of getting an old lady running and dont want to burn anything up if she is slow at RPM,

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Steve to disconnect the magneciter remove the E1 and E2 connections from the terminal strip on the gen head. This isolates any power from reaching the magneciter which in turn stops any from going to the field. The issue with the magneciter is that if the generator is run at a reduced speed for any length of time the magneciter coils can overheat and be damaged. The coils of your magneciter appear to be a nice golden color which means they are probably in good shape, if they were dark brown that would be a warning sign. The whole problem with this is that we have never heard a reference quoted of how long it takes to damage the coils or what engine speed is too slow. In order to determine engine speed either the magneciter needs to be hooked up and a "Killawat" meter or a good multimeter like a Fluke with a HZ range used, Or alternately a mechanical or optical tachometer used. So you are going to need one or the other of these devices, the Killawat is the cheapest around $25 and is a handy thing to have when working on generators.
My personal opinion based on working with magneciter equipped Onans is that running for a few minutes at a reduced speed is unlikely to to damage the magenciter coils, I wouldn't think more than 5 mins would be required to establish and adjust the engine speed to within an acceptable range around 1800 rpm or 60Hz. I hope this helps clarify a bit. Cheers Dan
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Dan,

thank you, yes it makes sense and wont want to take any chances or risks. I want to keep this deal as best as it can be without any help making it worse from myself. I plan on getting this running and checking RPM making sure Iam at 1800 rpm. What would be a good + or- for closeness to 1800rpm? I have access to a good digital tachometer. Hoping to get time either this evening and meeting PnishrPW or saturday for the rectifier. thats the only piece of the puzzle that is known to complete it and start her up. Oh I need to attach a small fuel tank. I dont want to hold a 6'x1'x1' tank off of the trailer this came off of. LOL rather use an old lawn mower tank just to get some black smoke out. FEELING anxious guys. like a kid in a candy store.

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I would say +- 50 rpm would be safe and maybe a bit more since this is the approximate range from loaded to unloaded Hz. Cheers Dan
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Well everyone, i had a starting issue and thanks to Dan pinshrpw, i was able to locate problem, the new diode and plate i got from him that i installed turned due to lack of access to removal of other bolt from old plate cause new plate to ground out to start taggo swithc cause a starter activate when nattery hook up, scared the crap %$#$%^*, but 20 min later found and moved, 5 minutes later she was sputting firing and started, ran her for 5 minutes toll most of the blue, white black smoke went away and rinning smoother, will check later this week on rpm and colling fan hookup, anti freeze and all important stuff, work in progress everyone, and the knowledge and help from all of yoy shows me that it happened with all your help, AND I THANK YOU ALL VERY VERY MUCH!!!!!!! More to cum later when i get her home fixed up where this 12kw will be resting until shes fired up.��
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Glad you got it going, happy to help!
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