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Dogsled
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Arrowhead

Postby Dogsled » Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:38 pm



I stopped at my local bike shop and they offered a 90 amp replacement alternator, equivalent to the Compufire. Brand new, not rebuilt excellent specs in the alt details section. around 40 bucks cheaper than the compufire. I never heard of them but while we were talking about the compufire I asked if there were any other equivalent brands and that's what they came up with. They also had a 150 amp model.......What the heck would you be running for the need of that kind of juice. Just got home and thought i'd post it for feedback. Gonna do some research. EBC brake pads were the same if you include shipping. A pair of Dunlop E-3's were a bit higher than my usual source of Dennis kirk but they install them and if I buy all this stuff i'll get a bigger discount. I like to keep my money in town if possible, plus I need a few other things til I hit the roof of my tax return.


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Re: Arrowhead

Postby redial » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:21 am

Need a few more details of make, model, etc of the alternator.
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Re: Arrowhead

Postby Dogsled » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:27 am

I didn't realize I didn't mention the Alt name except in the subject. Here's what I found;
http://www.arrowheadep.com/
These are all new equipment and are used for bikes ATV's and boats. I can see now why you may want the 150 amp if it was in a bigger boat. They also make starters (I don't know if they make Wing starters or for that fact any other Wing components)I haven't gone through the web page in detail. The paper I was given had serveral number to identify it, one was 464177 and the other was AHA0002 for the 90 amp. In the alternator details it says it has double sealed bearings for longer life. From what I did read on the website they seem to sell high quality products. An included sheet their Yuasa battery was $145.00 compared to Cyclemax at 108.00

I priced everything together and WITHOUT the AGM battery the bike shop came in at 1002.27 w/ tax I priced everything at Cyclemax INCLUDING an AGM battery and the total came to 906.28.....free shipping. (If I bought the tires between July and August there's a 40.00 rebate, just my luck)

A surprise was the bike shop charged for mounting the tires I bought off them, even if I brought them in off the bike. They did say if I bought all this they would come up with a better price or "they would work with me" whatever that means... I like to buy local whenever possible, but I like buying from a company I know and has a good reputation for backing their products so I think i'm gonna stick with Cyclemax on this. But the Arrowhead seems to be a good alternative. I dodn't know much about the quality of the compufire either but seems to be the Wing Alt of choice on forums.
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Re: Arrowhead

Postby Mh434 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:24 pm

Well...I just replaced my alternator with an LActrical 95-amp model. It's a brand-new alt, built in California. Prices run about $136.95 for them. They're built on a current-design Saturn car alternator, with a machined end cap to fit the GL1500. The beauty of this is that the guts etc. of the alt can be replaced with stuff sourced from any automotive parts place (NAPA, etc.) for cheap.

Lots of people have used these, and the reviews are excellent. Even with the purchase of a good-quality AGM battery, you could do the whole job for under $300...and use the $700 you save for other stuff.

I'm just sayin'...

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Re: Arrowhead

Postby Dogsled » Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:31 pm

MH,
I found some stuff on Google, where did you buy yours? This sounds good. I'm just running on the fringe of needing it. My regular alt is still good. Did you add the extra dogbone fuse, I think that's what's recomended.
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Re: Arrowhead

Postby Mh434 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:04 pm

I got mine from Amazon.com. Of course, mine cost a little more, as I live in Canada, but it was still 1/3 (or less) the cost of the better-known CF unit.

I didn't bother doing anything with the dog bone fuse, just left it stock (single fuse only). So far, running all the current I can (heated grips, extra lights, etc., all running at full power, bike at idle) the fuse has stayed dead cold - a good I indicator that there's no excessive load on the fuse or circuitry. Looks like unless I add a whole bunch more electrical stuff, I'm not going to strain the stock fuse.

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Re: Arrowhead

Postby Dogsled » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:27 am

MH,
What do you do for a warranty? Where would you send it back to, or is that buying from the original company, just using Amazon. I never had the need to buy from that source and have no idea how it works.
Another thing is I read you needed to tear alot of parts of to get somewhere up by the fuel filter to cut and splice the plug. Evidently the original bike plug is different from the OEM alt, which I don't understand because it seems to be implied the Compufire uses the same Delco alt with a similar machined front to bolt in to the bike, and the Compufire seemed to be OEM plub compatable.
I have a long trip I want to take and still have a good 40 amp alt I can carry or even have overnighted from home if I need it. I didn't like the idea of splicing on another style plug and what seemed to be a bit of a tedious task. I don't understand why the new plug had to be spliced so high up and not down by the original where it would be alot easier to work with. Can you give me your opinion and explanation of your experience with the installation regarding things like wiring modifications. Appreciate your time on this. Can't do anything else right now with the deep freeze except sit at the computer and get as much info as I can on details of each product.


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