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gl1500se alternator

Postby furnacedoc » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:13 pm



Hello everyone, so yesterday I went out to start the "Wing" so my wife and I could go for Ice Cream. MMMMM but the battery was dead ,so I charged it up , started my Wing and checked the voltage at the battery terminals and only had 12 vdc with the rpm at 2000. from what I see this means the alternator is not charging the battery back up and as I watched it for a few minutes the voltage dropped to below 12vdc. can anyone tell me what the amp capacity is for the stock alternator from Honda? also I am checking into the cost to rebuild it. the replacement from Honda is $335. I can find an aftermarket one for $175 that has a 90 amp rating. any suggestions or info would be helpful. See ya on the road.



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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby furnacedoc » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:39 pm

also if I decide to go to a high output alternator do I also need to replace my battery and use a gel battery or can I use my new standard battery? I have a heated vest for my wife, so should I forget the rebuild of the stock unit and go to the higher output alternator?

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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby trike lady » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:59 pm

When I changed to the Compufire I purchased the package, alternator and battery.
Sounds like it went bad.
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:10 am

furnacedoc wrote:Hello everyone, so yesterday I went out to start the "Wing" so my wife and I could go for Ice Cream. MMMMM but the battery was dead ,so I charged it up , started my Wing and checked the voltage at the battery terminals and only had 12 vdc with the rpm at 2000. from what I see this means the alternator is not charging the battery back up and as I watched it for a few minutes the voltage dropped to below 12vdc. can anyone tell me what the amp capacity is for the stock alternator from Honda? also I am checking into the cost to rebuild it. the replacement from Honda is $335. I can find an aftermarket one for $175 that has a 90 amp rating. any suggestions or info would be helpful. See ya on the road.




These are the kind of questions I was trying to have answered in an alternator thread I started but had no takers. :( Anyway stock alternator is 40 Amps.

Where are you finding the aftrmarket one for $175?

You can get an OEM one here for $228.84 http://www.emsglobaldirect.com/home.php?cat=17
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby wingpilot08 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:29 am

When I went from the stock alternator to a compufire, I added a second dogbone fuse and replaced the battery with an AGM battery...no issues since!
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby wing rider 2012 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:06 pm

I think the ones your seeing for 175 for an 85 amp is a Powermax alternator, they are made by a company in Harbor City California, R&Z Alternator. I installed one of their alternators on my 1500 a couple of years ago and never had a problem with it. If you are increasing the load on the bikes electrical system then you'll need to double up on the 55 amp fuse and possibly run and extra wire beside the white wire that runs from the alternator to the battery, this will help in reducing the heat build up in the white wire.
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:03 pm

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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby Dogsled » Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:44 pm

I run Hemings Alts and at an idle (800rpm) with a full charge in the driveway i'm never higher than 11.8....I have a D&M meter mounted, that also tells me what gear I never know i'm in....if your bike didn't start, look at the battery, clean connections. I like an onboard meter to tell me excaxtley what's happening. Never needed or ran a compufire................btw, they break too.....
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby wingpilot08 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:45 am

Dogsled wrote:Never needed or ran a compufire................btw, they break too.....

Everything breaks....sometime! :D
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby Dogsled » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:06 am

wingpilot96 wrote:
Dogsled wrote:Never needed or ran a compufire................btw, they break too.....

Everything breaks....sometime! :D



I keep tryin to tell that to my knees..... :lol:
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby 2manywings » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:32 pm

This is a response that I posted back in Feb. I think the price is even less now. This is just my experience. I'm not endorsing anybodies products here.
The stock alt. that came on your 1500 from the factory was inadequate from the word go! I used Compu-Fire for several years back when they were the only kids on the block, but always felt they were overpriced, and I had a fair number of failures which they rarely stood behind. So a few years back when others started popping up, I started looking for alternatives. I've installed several 95amp. alternators from Electric Motor Service in WV. I buy them through their ebay store. They are listed as EMS Global. I just checked, and they are currently selling them for $197 w/ free shipping. They have proven to be reliable so far and are easier to install. And according to EMS, you can run with a standard lead cell battery (which I do) with no problems. If the voltage regulator is working properly, it won't be putting out much over 14.5 volts anyway. That's what the stock one should do at highway speed. These that I'm using from EMS will do 14.5 volts at idle speed. That's my two cents worth. Good Luck!

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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby Dogsled » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:04 pm

My question is at idle are you using 14.5 v. I NEVER go above 13.1 freeway with a fulluy charged battery. I drop down to 12v +/- how many red lights I gotta sit thru at ;ow idle.
What kind of extras are you using that will be used in a standard battery if not being used. I have enough to through some HIDS on if i'm rollin fast and putting out voltage.
My question is if your puttin 14.5 input into a regular battery that holds what a regular alt puts out (and i'm using 12volt +/- a bit with stock lighting.....unless you got some nice light output how is that juice being absorbed. Tpday with such low draw LEDs, I see no reason to go that high.
Seems you've done the research, explain your setup.
I know the Voltage regulator is there but if it is and you run average lights. You missed telling us what the cranking amps on that beast was
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Re: gl1500se alternator

Postby mwest479 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:50 am

Hello , I just finished install on my 2nd o.e.m. alt. this yr. 2000se champion trike with stock electric. Had about 6 k miles & the rotor coil opened. Brushes looked more like 50k on them. Took D/C volt & amp readings. Start up - v @ 13.9 to 14 amp 4 -6
all lights on little change. placed in reverse for 6 ft. volt 12.5 & dropping amps 10 -15 . take out of reverse volts increase slow. amps remain hi. Turn off motor & restart v & a normal. Sticking reverse relay ?




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