Voltage regulator - Fitting a Bosch voltage regulator to a Magneti Marelli generator
Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models
Thanks to Gerhard Ziesemann for sending me this information via email. In Gerhard's own words:
Bosch Voltage Regulator on a Magneti Marelli Generator - will it work?
Most people tend to say it's impossible to make a combination of that. Someexpertswill even tell that you might damage all your electrical components. But they are wrong!
Truth is, it just doesn't work at all -- unless you change the internal wiring of the Magneti Marelli Generator a little. I selected the type VA14V25A regulator (BOSCH 0 190 350 055) because it appeared to be the best equivalent to the Italian original. On my '68 V7 this set has been working perfectly for more than 25 years:
The two makes of generators differ in thepositionof the regulator. Magneti Marelli generators place the regulator between the + brush and the positive end of the field coils (via terminal DF), with the negative end of the coils connected to the - brush.
On Bosch generators the regulator is placed on the opposite end of the field coils: Here the positive end is connected to the + brush, while the negative end is in contact with the regulator (via DF).
The ends of the field coils can be identified by their cable lugs:
- Round = positive
- Rectangular = negative
See number 6 underAssemblyin Greg's Generator repair - Magneti Marelli for some illustrating pics of the DF terminal. The original wiring scheme for the Magneti Marelli regulator is shown there. Red marks the positive end of the field coils, black the negative end.
The conversion for a Bosch regulator:
- Replace the rectangular by a round cable lug (diameter approximately 4.5 mm) and connect it to the insulated screw of the DF terminal
- Solder a new lead to the other end of the field, insulate well and fix it to the D+ terminal, as shown here:
Afterwards connect generator and regulator as indicated on the terminals and you will be glad to see it work properly.