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alternator

Postby ftmoore992003 » Wed May 28, 2014 7:55 pm



My alternator is slowly wearing out, not charging right. What should I do...just buy a new one or can they be re-built? Would I have to trade my old core in if I buy a new one? Anyone had this experience yet? :?:



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Re: alternator

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed May 28, 2014 8:06 pm

Just take it to a trusted automotive electrical rebuilder in your area.It's basically a GM alt. and easy to redo.Usually they just replace the brushes and bearings.You will also need to order the rubber dampeners for the drive from Mother Honda.
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Re: alternator

Postby MikeB » Thu May 29, 2014 7:57 am

The Rubber Dampener's are also available from Cyclemax.

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_alternator_dampener_kit/158744/29165
They are $16.50 for a set of four.
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Re: alternator

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 29, 2014 10:06 am

If it's a Compufire, just have it rebuilt. If it's OEM...I can highly recommend the Compufire alternator. I don't think I would put money into rebuilding an OEM alternator.

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Re: alternator

Postby MikeB » Thu May 29, 2014 2:41 pm

You have other options besides a Compufire too. Do a search of Ebay for GL1500 alternators. There are many high output units to choose from at half the price. They are even on Amazon [url]http://www.amazon.com/LACTRICAL-ALTERNATOR-Goldwing-Aspencade-Interstate/dp/B008EBCFSC[/url?tag=goldwingdocs-20]

And there is always Ken Hemming that has been doing alternator repair and modification for years. [url]http://myplace.frontier.com/~hemi-roid/[/url?tag=goldwingdocs-20]
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Re: alternator

Postby Fatwing Chris » Thu May 29, 2014 4:52 pm

WingAdmin wrote:If it's a Compufire, just have it rebuilt. If it's OEM...I can highly recommend the Compufire alternator. I don't think I would put money into rebuilding an OEM alternator.


Yeah you're right.I just noticed his is a 98.The older 15's had far better stock alt.s and were worth building.The newer ones weren't good.
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Re: alternator

Postby ftmoore992003 » Thu May 29, 2014 6:46 pm

WingAdmin wrote:If it's a Compufire, just have it rebuilt. If it's OEM...I can highly recommend the Compufire alternator. I don't think I would put money into rebuilding an OEM alternator.

On the compufire alternator do you have to install a different battery and thicker gauge wires to the battery?

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Re: alternator

Postby MikeB » Thu May 29, 2014 6:56 pm

It is advisable to have an AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery in lieu of the conventional wet cell battery. I think everyone would be better off having an AGM battery to tell you the truth. They are totally maintenance free.

You do not need to change any wiring with a higher output alternator. A second 55 amp primary fuse is installed piggy back to the OEM fuse when you follow the Compufire installation instructions.
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Re: alternator

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu May 29, 2014 11:09 pm

Talked to Ken Hemming at http://myplace.frontier.com/~hemi-roid/ a while back. He was talking about a 'high output alternator he sells, that I believe is a stock alternator (meaning original size) that is rewound with heavier wire to put out about 60 amps (compared to about 35-40 amps stock). Seems like a nice option, not having to fit a compufire into the limited space of the bike. $250 + shipping, I believe, for a rebuilt, $315 new. I would think 60 amps would work for most bikes that are just over the stock capacity.

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Re: alternator

Postby cal3san » Sat May 31, 2014 7:15 am

Last month my alternator went out in KY while on a LD trip. Towed into the Corbin, KY Honda dealer on Thursday night. Friday AM diagnosed bad alternator and had OEM overnighted. On road by noon Saturday. Vic and crew were great.

Since I was coming back from Timeout in Indiana with a Slipstream Camper I camped free in their back lot (using their electricity for fan and computer charging). They also had a shower I could use.

Before I left Vic gave me old alternator and some sage advice that I took. He told me that with all the LD riding I do to get the old alternator rebuilt and carry it as a spare. Made sense to me- picking it up from shop today. Cost: $100.00 as opposed to a possible future $355.00 parts, $70.00 overnight, and $140.00 labor bill.
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Re: alternator

Postby redial » Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:26 am

Towed into the Corbin, KY Honda dealer on Thursday night. Friday AM diagnosed bad alternator and had OEM overnighted. On road by noon Saturday. Vic and crew were great.


If you got good service out of this dealer/fixer, then did you think to leave a comment in the Vendor database on this site? It might just help someone else that are in the area.


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