NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS


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NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby HALBUDD » Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:42 pm



I went on a PGR mission today 70 miles to and from on the way to the mission I had no problems nice ride. On the way back about 5 miles from home my bike started acting up. When I hit the breaks my radio and clock went out and the bike started running funny. I was about 2 miles from home and making a turn on a side street and the bike just died,I coasted to the side of the road and tried to restart the bike no go. I could here a click but nothing else no starter trying to start but I did have lights and instruments. I let her set a while and turned of the radio and tried it again but nothing. I called my son to come give me a jump,I let the truck battery charge my battery up for a while. Tried it again she started up and I got it home,as I stopped in the driveway she died again. Put a volt meter on the battery and it was showing 10.2 volts,so I put the battery tender on it and let it set for a while. Went back out later and checked the battery voltage it was at 12.58,so I started her up and did a voltage check with her running at about 2500 rpm the voltage was at 12 volts and starting to drop.I even reved her up no change in voltage. So I checked the voltage coming from the alt. It was the same as the battery,I then checked the blk/grn exciter wire to the alt I have voltage there this is on my 1996 aspy so I guess Ill need a new alt. that or try to tear it a part. Any Ideas on this one guys?------------------------Hal


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Re: NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby redial » Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:29 pm

Sad about the alternator. There are about four possibilities, some better than others, but you will need to decide:

1. Have it repaired at a local auto electrician's place.

2. Install a Compufire and get a new battery to suit. (Probably the most expensive solution.)

3. Send it to Ken Heming http://myplace.frontier.com/~hemi-roid/, and have it repaired or exchanged. (A less expensive option).

4. There is a group in California that will a replacement for you.

Of the four that are listed, I would go the Ken Heming route. You may need a new battery anyway, so include that in your solution so that you have a complete pricing for the solution of your choice. Ken Heming has good reviews in a number of locations, but Compufire seems to be the popular way to go.

As I am in Oz, I do not have a personal solution that I can relate to you.

I trust your solution is quick and reliable.
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Re: NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby dingdong » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:14 am

You can pull it and check if all it needs is brushes. Easy to pull and do yourself unless it is a bad winding. Might want to replace the bearings and the rubber bushings also while you are in there.
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Re: NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby wing rider 2012 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:32 am

If your not running many add-on's I would stick with the OEM style of alternator, no need to put a 90 amp alternator on if your not going to use it. You can get OEM style alternator's on Ebay at a pretty good price, I bought a Powermax alternator from a company in California a couple of years ago for my 1500, installed it and never had a problem with it, the price was half that of a OEM.
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Re: NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby trike lady » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:19 am

You may want to check here for an alternator.
http://www.dbelectrical.com/c-3435-motorcycle.aspx
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Re: NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby HALBUDD » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:33 pm

Well I went ahead and ordered the 90 amp alt. as I do have all the saddle bags and trunk lights on my bike. I will try and get the old one fixed just to have a spare one.---------------------Hal
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Re: NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby tmilam » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:30 am

When switching to the 90 amp alternator you will also need to get a sealed battery if you do not have one. The higher amp alternator will boil over the standard wet batteries.

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Re: NEED HELP AND SUGGESTIONS

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:23 pm

Want to thank all you guys and to Val for the web site I ordered the 90 amp alt. from them and yes I do have a sealed battery as I dont like the old style having to add water again thanks to all that replied.-------------------Hal


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