Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Post by rmjsvcs » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:16 pm

Could anyone tell me or send me info as to the proper procedure to remove and replace my altinator I have a 1997 1500 SE, it died at the end of the season last fall and I really need to get this fixed for this season

Any help will be greatly appreciated



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Post by Marcus » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:43 pm

Disconnect the negative battery cable (under the plastic on the right side. Take the plastic off the left side. There are three bolts holding the alternator to the engine. Remove the bolts and the wiring. The alternator just slides out rearward.

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Post by heidebill » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:32 pm

Removing the Alternator is a fairly simple procedure
Disconnect the Battery
Remove the left hand side covers , the Alternator is right there
Disconnect the one wire
Remove the three bolts that bolt the Alternator to the engine
Hold your mouth right as you wiggle the Alternator out of it's place

Reverse to install

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Post by ejones0310 » Sat May 01, 2010 2:19 pm

One thing they didn't mention is to be patient getting it in and out of the frame. It can be a bit pesky. Also, check your dampeners (those black pieces that the alternator vane engages) If they are broken, you may want to replace them.

You mention replacing the alternator. If you are going to go to the trouble of removing it, why not just put new brushes in it. That's usually what is wrong on the 1500. It's a fairly simple procedure.

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Post by Kiwi2 » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:18 pm

I have a 1988 GL 1500 and after about 20 years the standard alternator went to that big place in the sky, so I fitted a Compu-fire alternator and battery. This was very easy to fit, but like one of the other helpers says it can be a bit "pesky". I found the easiest way was to turn the garage radio up loud, make sure nobody is with hearing, and then after you have muttered and cursed and given the unit it's pedigree .... stop, go and have a cup of tea, and then after about half an hour when you try again it will just slide in.

Have fun.

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