GL1200 alternator convertion


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hatfield
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GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby hatfield » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:27 pm



Well, 2years ago i blew a stator, just to old i guess. Then i replaced it with another stator. It lasted me 18months. Not pleased. I told myself i'm not going through that again. So i did some research and found you can switch out you stator and install an alternator. UMMM. Can i do it. So with no money comeing in, i decided to give it a try. To make a long story short, after six months, try it tear it down fix it, try it again, tear it down fix it. Then bang i got it. Took it out for two short test rides seem to be working great. Then put it away for the winter. Now it's March 2013. I've put about 200 klm's on so far and every thing seems to be holding together. Tucked up inside the fairing you cant even tell it's there unless you now what your looking for. For all of you's who gave me idea's, my hat goes off to you's. Im very greatfull. Thank you's all. :P



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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:02 am

I understand completely the feeling of having a great charging system, something about having an auto alternator on my 1100 that makes me feel comfortable, just knowing I have 55 amps of juice is a great feeling, and that I can fix any issue with it if it ever does happen on the exterior...My hat goes off to all the pioneers [Don] before us... There are a bunch of 1200 guys using this conversion but only a hand full of 1100 guys and even less 1000 guys, but it is possible..

cliffno350
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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby cliffno350 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:23 pm

i Have a 79 gl1000 I need to build but the stator is bad and I was putting it off till I had the extra cash ( extra cash lmao) for a ricks stator but I think I may just pust the stator and put a small mitsuba one wire alt on it, I think would loook cool on a naked wing and make some people ask wth?

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hatfield
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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby hatfield » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:10 pm

Does anyone have knowledge of where to conect the wires on a alternator convertion on a gl 1200 ?

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RoadRogue
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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:51 am

Ask and ye shall receive 8-)

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oldishwinger
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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby oldishwinger » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:49 pm

I'm just in the middle of putting a conversion kit on my 86 aspy, its proving to be a very interesting exercise I think I've learnt how to swear in 3 different languages lol. you definitely have to have an open mind sometimes, but its almost there and am looking forward to seeing how she goes.

jdtetoit
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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby jdtetoit » Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:57 am

Something I am working on this winter is a spacer for the lower radiator hose. When I did my conversion I stacked 3 pieces of 1/4" aluminum together so the stock radiator hose and radiator does not need any modification ( you are adding spacers to the radiator for clearance in front of the pulley which puts the hose and the inlet out of alignment). The temp piece worked fine so this year my buddy and I have drawn one up for his CNC machine and will be cutting it out soon.

I have put an ORing groove in it so you just purchase an extra one for installation.

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hatfield
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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby hatfield » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:11 am

I finished mine just before our first snow fall. It seems to work again. This time I added a voltmeter. Looks not bad I'd say. Tests seem to show everything is going good. I just have to wait till spring to take it out for a ride now. As soon as I can figure out how to post pictures on here I will.

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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby Rednaxs60 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:00 pm

Did the alt mod on my '85 LTD in late June early July last year. Installed a 50 amp refurbished alternator and have some 7000 Kms on it and it works great.

Did not use a spacer for the rad hoses, but some on these forums have used a Moroso 63610 Water Pump Spacer Kit for Big Block Chevy. It is a 1 inch spacer. Does not have an o-ring groove, uses gaskets.

The alt mod is one modification I'd recommend to all. Have purchased a second LTD and have it at my brothers in northern Ontario. Before I bring it back, will be doing the alt mod.

Happy New Year.

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hatfield
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Re: GL1200 alternator convertion

Postby hatfield » Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:04 pm

Yes . Happy new year to you to. Mine is ready again and waiting for spring.




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