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Car alternator

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:23 am



here's a question for ya's. yesterday i was looking thru my local Craigslist and came across a goldwing that had an external car alternator mounted on the lower left front side just forward of the engine crash bar with a cover over it and i was wondering......would it be beneficial to install one on my g/w and whats involved in getting it to work. anyone have any ideas?

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Re: Car alternator

Postby garwil » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:31 am

I think that would be fix for the gl1200. The alternator is very difficult to change and I understand it fails easily. Not something you want to do if you don't have that model Goldwing.

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Re: Car alternator

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:39 am

hey garwil:

thanks for your input on this, i was definitely curious about it, i never saw a motorcycle with a car alternator on it before so i was wondering if it would give a boost to the charging system on my bike. i was looking at the repair manual for my bike and it tells me that in order to service the alternator on this bike, the entire engine has to be removed from the frame, including servicing the clutch and the starter. its not as easy as working on the silverwing i had. lets hope i don't have to have it replaced any time soon. wouldn't want to shell out a small fortune to fix it. lol.

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Re: Car alternator

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:07 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:here's a question for ya's. yesterday i was looking thru my local Craigslist and came across a goldwing that had an external car alternator mounted on the lower left front side just forward of the engine crash bar with a cover over it and i was wondering......would it be beneficial to install one on my g/w and whats involved in getting it to work. anyone have any ideas?

Stuart, a.k.a. roadwanderer2.


This is a fairly common modification to GL1200's, which have notoriously failure-prone alternators. It is called the "Poorboy" alternator after its creator, and if you do a search for it here, you'll find lots of discussion about it. A couple of our members has made the same modification to his GL1100.

Here's one member who documented the procedure on his GL1200: Started my Poorboy Alternator Conversion

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Re: Car alternator

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:41 pm

hey there wingadmin, thanks for letting me know about this. im definitely going to read up on it. i thought it was weird to see a car alternator on a motorcycle. never thought that would be something possible to do.

thanks,

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Re: Car alternator

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:15 pm

For the most part if done properly you don't actually see that much other than the drive belt/pulley's.The alt. is covered by the lower fairing.Depends on how it's done.
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Re: Car alternator

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:23 pm

hey fatwing.

yes, i saw that on Vern's bike, he did a great job of tucking it under the fairing. like he said, you'd never know it was there unless you looked for it thru the louvers. the one i saw you could see it, because it was in front of the left side crash bar and it had a home made cover over it, so you saw the bottom and the back side of it. not really well protected from the ground or the elements. but i guess it works.
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Re: Car alternator

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:26 pm

wingadmin:

i just finished reading Vern's work on the alternator he did, and its really something. he did a great job on it and it looks great. im thinking if one day if mine should go bad, i might do the same thing to mine instead of tearing the motor off the bike and spending a fortune to have it fixed. its something to keep in mind.

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Re: Car alternator

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:09 pm

Your profile lists your bike as an 83, you may want to look at this thread, it applies to the 1100. 8-)
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=14362
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Re: Car alternator

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:59 pm

hey roadrouge:

thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

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Re: Car alternator

Postby dnehasert » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:08 pm

Here is another place to look : http://www.classicgoldwings.com/forum/v ... c8ae3799cc
For poorboy type installs. Doug

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Re: Car alternator

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:11 pm

hey Doug:

thanks for letting me know about it, i'll read it. never hurts to have too much information about something like this.

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