need alternator 600 miles from home


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ironman1973
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need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby ironman1973 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:54 pm



I am in a motel in Pulaski NY since alternator on 91 gl1500 went out today. I have found several online with 3-7 days to get one. I'll call nearby dealers in morning to see if available. If none are available got any ideas on how to get one asap--motels are costly and still have a long trip ahead.



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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby BigBro » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:05 pm

GWRRA member?

Or Try Looking up the GWRRA chapter in the area where you are. They might be able to help you.

Dont know what you are near but this might get you started.

www.gwrra-ny.org/chapters.htm

Hope this helps.

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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby ironman1973 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:45 am

yes am a gwrra member will get on phone and ask soon, thanks

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hugger-4641
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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby hugger-4641 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:58 am

If you can't locate one closer, I have one I could ship overnite if you are willing to pay for that kind of shipping cost. It is new in box, OEM 40amp. I bought it on e-bay last year but ended up fixing my original alternator, so it's never been installed. $175 for alternator, plus whatever shipping cost. Would be tomorrow morning before I could get it shipped as I won't get home tonight before fed-ex closes.

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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:46 pm

Yank yours out.It takes about 10 mins with the tool kit that comes with the bike and take it to the local auto-electrical rebuilder.It's basically a GM Alternator,so any rebuilder will have the parts in stock(unless the windings are open they usually just need brushes,bearings and a good cleaning) and you should have it back the same day if he knows you're stuck on the road for less than a hundred bucks.

Just noticed yours is a 91 so it has the better alt. in it. The later year 1500's had crap alts.Yours will be a cheap fix.

My alt went on my 89 in PA .Had it repaired and back in the bike by 4:00 pm the same day.This happened in a pretty small town,but had no problem getting it done.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby hugger-4641 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:22 pm

You might get lucky and just have a stuck brush. If you can pull it out of the bike, take it apart and free the brushes up, they will stick again, but might get you down the road to a shop. Brushes are cheap, even if you have to get them at Honda shop, but they have to be soldered in.

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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby ironman1973 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:12 am

I have been busier than a cat in a sandbox the past two days. Wed. morning I called all dealers within 80 miles-- six of them plus 1 in Vermont which was my destination. Some could get me one sometime the next day for expedited shipping others from 3 to 5 days. I called a recommended alternator repairman nearby who would get me a exchange one from hiatachi in three days--what a rebuilder? Since I needed to keep moving(motels and food in upstate ny take a toll), the gentleman in Pulaski-Paul-a member of gwrra who I called out of the blue helped me tremendously. We ended up pulling his relatively new one out of his 89 1500 and put it in my 91 1500. Perfect fit, and high output--poor Paul is out of commission for a week. "On the road again." Wed. morning at the restaurant all the lights went out and no start--could jump start. checked all easy stuff and no luck. Limped to a dealer in Potsdam who found a bad fuse which had failed where you couldn't see it, checked both sides with testing probe light(I learned something again.)I'm a happy camper again this morning in Vermont. The suggestions I received were all viable--pull out and rebuild, I'll ship you one, ask gwrra member, etc. When you break down far from your circle of comfort you panic a little and don't think clearly. Thanks to all of you who took the time and come up with positive solutions--all of which could have worked. This certainly is a fine forum with helpful and experienced contributors. Thank you all for your positive help, I'm over my panic attack and thinking happy thoughts. Ironman 1973

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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby hugger-4641 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:10 am

Glad you are back on the road! :)

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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby Mh434 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:27 pm

Excellent! I've just joined the GWRRA and it seems that your experience has already helped to justify my joining up. When far from home, it's nice to know you have a lifeline. My GWRRA member's package & book just arrived in the mail last night - there are a LOT of resources in that book! Funny, there are people in my area in the book that I didn't even know had 'Wings! Guess I'll be looking them up!

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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby Fatwing Chris » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:23 pm

I guess I got lucky when mine went out.Broke down if front of a guys house that couldn't do enough for me.Guy was awesome.He knew a good auto-electric rebuilder and drove me about 10 miles one way to the builder(no taxis)after he let me put the bike in his garage.He actually left the wife and I in his house alone for about 2 hours while he went to his doctor.He said if we wanted to we could stay the night as he had lots of spare rooms and already had a big pot of chili ready for dinner.He said that he would have to get some eggs if we were staying and wanted breakfast.We didn't end up staying because I got the bike back together by 4:00 pm.Gave him all the cash I had on me which wasn't a whole lot(Maybe $40 ) and he really didn't want to take that.

Good to hear you're back on the road again.
If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby gordonv » Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:59 pm

Nice to hear your ordeal worked out OK.

This is one reason I joined GWRRA, and another why I have my name in the Gold Book. I might not be able to help as much as others, but if someone was to call me, not only do I know others in town, but I have spare parts from my wrecked Valkyrie, and parts I bought for my GW, that would get another GL1500 going again (alt, starter, wheels).

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Re: need alternator 600 miles from home

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:20 am

I was in the Goldbook when I was a member(long time ago),but I'm on a similar list now that was put together by a member on another forum that's pretty big.


If I'da known it would last this long,I'da taken better care of it.
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