High output alternators


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High output alternators

Postby Dogsled » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:52 pm



I have been looking at new LED aux headlights, new aux LED lighting for all sorts of things. I need to know why I need to have a high output alternator? I run a stock Ken heming rebuild. two gps units, an i-pod and a lot of leds...... I am nowhere near running low on the OEM original output with the new low usage lighting and accesories.

Where is the new wave of power going? Is OEM enough or even giving us more than regular usage required on late 90's bikes and earlier. It's always nice to sell bigger is better, but I don't think this is the case unless you sit down with a meter and figure out what your usage is.

I can discuss this, but it would be one sided. Hopefully heavy users can justify a heavy output alternator


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Re: High output alternators

Postby ct1500 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:23 am

The OEM alternator is what it is and works as designed with many millions of miles and a proven track record for the vast majority of owner's. However, it does lack the ability to output much amperage at idle speeds. It is what I use on my bike and do not lose any sleep over this limitation. If I was pulling a trailer with a separate house battery to recharge or an electric cooler or even heated gear to power and knew long periods of idling were possible in my travels I would certainly want more amperage available during those times.
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Re: High output alternators

Postby Dogsled » Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:24 pm

And onnce again.....just out of curiosity, who do I send a failed unit back to?

Another thing I never understood, why does pulling a trailer with a few extra lights make the need for a heavy duty alternator a benefit.....I've seen guys with 30 extra lights WITHOUT a trailer and they sure needed the extra jusice to keep the battery powered up....So what gives with the trailer?
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Re: High output alternators

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:00 pm

Dogsled wrote:And onnce again.....just out of curiosity, who do I send a failed unit back to?


Send it to
3701 E. 69TH. AVE.
MERRILLVILLE, IN.
46410-3963
219-947-4038
I guess, anyways. No mention of a warranty on his page.

How long have you had it?
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Re: High output alternators

Postby Dogsled » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:40 am

Sorry Steve, I didn't phrase that quite right. I mean't IF I had one, who would I send it back to.
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Re: High output alternators

Postby jfrank » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:16 pm

Dogsled-
Buy a Compufire for $350 or so and you will get a place to send it back when it fails. But the warranty isn't all that great in my opinion.

The alternators for the 1996 wings are a known weak link. The rotor develops faults, most often.

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Re: High output alternators

Postby SteveB123 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:09 am

Dogsled wrote:Sorry Steve, I didn't phrase that quite right. I mean't IF I had one, who would I send it back to.


Why wouldn't you send it back to whomever sold it to you?
I thought I understood the question before, but now that you've clarified, I'm confused.
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Re: High output alternators

Postby bstig60 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:35 pm

In the case of LActrical, they are California Alternator and Starter and are located in Harbor City, CA. which is a community near LA.
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Re: High output alternators

Postby Dogsled » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:12 am

Sorry I got this post confused with 'update alternators'.


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