Alternator


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Alternator

Postby toanogreen » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:06 am



This may be an old topic, but I wanted to ask anyway. Is there really a significant difference in upgrading to the high output alternators? I have only added the side markers and trunk lights that replaced the reflectors. I was toying with the idea of getting a trailer later on, but it's not a necessity. If so, do you also have to use the upgraded gel battery?
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Re: Alternator

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:27 am

With those few electrical add ons, your stock alternator will have no problem keeping up with the slight increase in electrical demands.

Having said that, the alternators on the 96 and newer models are a known trouble item, as Honda sourced the alternators out to a Chinese company and failure was/is a common problem, so keep that in mind with your decision.
A good AGM battery will last you many seasons and are far superior than a regular stock lead acid type battery. I've been running mine for over 197,000km/6 yrs now.
If you decide to go with the upgraded alternator, WingStuff has the best price for the Compu-Fire Alternator and AGM battery going!


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Re: Alternator

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:27 am

Did all 1500's use the same alternator through the life of the model? I guess I'm asking will a pre 96 alternator fit in a post 96 bike? Any particular year better than the other pre 96?
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Re: Alternator

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:29 am

They will all interchange, although the 88/89 models required to use a different mounting bolt. Anything pre 96 is good.

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Re: Alternator

Postby toanogreen » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:57 am

Thanks Dusty. I have a 99 SE and have had 2 alternators go bad in the last year. The second one was used, but it had low miles on it.




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