GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)


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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:11 pm



Here's another good diagram.
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:14 pm

Another wiring diagram
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:26 pm

More wiring digrams.
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by littlebeaver » Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:24 pm

I wanted to show you something to watch out for, when I went to syncronize my carbs the flat stock I have was in the way by just a little, I angled the end and I was good to go..I want to show how Todd and I did it, solid as a rock too..And I wanted to retest my fan switch..


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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:22 pm

4 trips to autozone but I ended up with a perfect fit.
Again sorry about the pics-my iPhones hard to deal with.
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by littlebeaver » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:37 pm

Looks good Joe, let us know how it works for you after you get it running, for sure... :D

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by El Taco » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:48 pm

I've been doing this with internally regulated Delcos on old farm tractors for years, it never really occurred to me to try it on the Wing. Great write up, everything looks tight and solid. Now if only I could hide one on my naked '77.

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:51 pm

Just finished the radiator and fan alterations. Next to mount it a final time. This takes some time I must have taken it on and off four times. Still it's not hard. Any tips on hooking the hoses up would be appreciated......they blow!
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:15 am



Just finished mounting my alternator and test running it. I couldn't be happier. I'm getting 12 plus volts at idle with the high beam on and the stereo running. Hit the throttle and 14v plus. A special thanks to both Todd and Martin. Again mine was a 3 inch crank pulley to a 2 inch alternator pulley.

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:17 am

Here's the meter at idle with high beams on and stereo blasting!
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by littlebeaver » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:16 pm

Looks like your charging troubles are history..good deal...

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Post by Joecop » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:31 pm

That's just it Beav, I didn't have any charging problems. This was a preemptive strike. Now I have a good back up system, the original stator.

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:43 pm

Had no luck finding the bottom radiator hose. I didn't want to stress out the bottom by forcing the hose on. So I bought two hoses with 90 degree bends and a 1 1/2 inch piece of black pipe and it worked out great and fits perfect. :D
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Post by littlebeaver » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:29 pm

Joe I forgot all about the hose, it's been a while and I just wasn't sure what you meant when you asked if there was a trick to getting the hose on...First, I use the original hose, second, I used a chevy big block spacer for a water pump..It fits perfectly and comes out right where it's needed..just like it was meant to be...Here's a place on ebay that you can order one if you wish or not... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Moroso-63610-BB ... 616wt_768y and here's a photograph of mine after I added it ..

I had to get longer mounting bolts but it works perfectly...
I had to get longer mounting bolts but it works perfectly...

Joe this is what I am talking about here... :D someone asked me if they could buy the second one in the package for $25.00 I said heck yes and sold the second one.. :D You might find this cheaper else where..Not sure,,seems like I paid $40..for mine but I forgot..then again , what you have there is pretty hunky doory too and a great solution and much cheaper..... :D

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:16 am

I thought I had read about someone using a spacer. Yeah I'm going to pick one up. I could easily see me sanding, polishing and hitting that with my buffing wheel! Did you have any issues tracking down the bolts to mount it? Where they from the kit?

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by littlebeaver » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:23 am

It seemed like the bolts were like 4mm bolts but check that, the bolts that come with the package will not work, they are for a none metric application...It seems like I had some stainless steel bolts laying around the same size, I forget what they were from, I ended up cutting them off a little as they were too long,,it shouldn't be too hard to find longer bolts at a hardware store in the correct size...What you have is good there if it doesn't leak...Shoot save some money and leave it.. :D

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:35 pm

I will probably pick one up. Mine doesn't leak at all but it would look much better with that spacer on and all polished up and clearcoated. Not :D to mention my chrome hose spring back on. Thanks for the tip! :D

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by Joecop » Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:25 pm

All trimmed up and out of sight. This really was a fun project.
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:58 pm

Joecop wrote:All trimmed up and out of sight. This really was a fun project.
Good job, very neat!

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by RobTheHillbilly1 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:54 am

Now why did I have to go and look at this thread???? :lol: I am now wondering how much altering will have to be done on my 1200 SE-i...... Since I don't have a garage at my house, I have to store my trike at my dads during the winters, but I guess that this will give me something to do in gathering up the parts this coming winter so I will have something to do next spring. I'm going to be saving this thread to be able to reference it and more than likely ask some dumb questions..... :lol:

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RobTheHillbilly1 wrote:Now why did I have to go and look at this thread???? :lol: I am now wondering how much altering will have to be done on my 1200 SE-i...... Since I don't have a garage at my house, I have to store my trike at my dads during the winters, but I guess that this will give me something to do in gathering up the parts this coming winter so I will have something to do next spring. I'm going to be saving this thread to be able to reference it and more than likely ask some dumb questions..... :lol:
There's already an existing alternator conversion, called the "Poorboy" conversion, for the GL1200. It's what this GL1100 alternator conversion was based on. Read lots about it here: GL1200 Poorboy Conversion

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by flanzajr » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:54 pm

Guys,
I did the alternator conversion on an '83 Interstate and it works well, but I just disconnected the 3 wire plug from the stator as it seems to me from the wiring diagrams that disconnecting the plug from the regulator/rectifier might disable some systems. Is that NOT the case? What are the advantages/disadvantages of going either route? Thanks!
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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by littlebeaver » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:20 am

Not for me on my 81, I disconnected it at the RR and I placed my exciter wire into the ignition [black wire] slot on the plug nearest the ignition, I did this so I wouldn't have to tap into a hot wire anywhere else on the bike like say your headlight or something, and I have read of no one doing this before but it works for me, I just thought to myself, what better than the ignition wire itself to be used for a switched source wire.... I just used a plastic cover connector for that then taped up and covered the plugs well and covered them in plastic...Everything works perfectly and has for some time now..Where do you guys tap your exciter wire at..??? Perhaps the 83's are wired different I don't know.. What am I supposed to be losing?

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Re: GL1100 alternator conversion (how I did mine)

Post by flanzajr » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:34 pm

I tapped my exciter wire into the accessory terminal on the fuse block. It is powered up in the "accessory" and "on" positions of the ignition switch. I am going to try disconnecting the R/R plug and see what happens. has anyone used the "voltage sense" terminal ion the alternator to see if it improves charging at idle? I have not but I am guessing that it may improve charging at idle. If I do try it I will let you know. I also have pictures and drawings of all the parts I made or had made if anyone is interested. I did things a little differently and did not have to cut the back lug off of the parts store alternator as some have had to do. My upper and lower mounting brackets are a little different as well.
That is the beauty of projects like this; each person can customize the install as they see fit.
Thanks to all of the forum members for sharing their knowledge and ideas.
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