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update "alternator"

Postby rogerg55 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:39 am



Installed a new LActrical alternater last night. Old one had one lower shoulder bolt 2-8mm bolts on top. Put 3-8mm bolts in bolted up perfectly" per MikeB".
It comes with one wire. Put a one wire connector in so when I rebuild my original it will plug in.
Moment of truth. Idle 14.3v. 3000 rpm 14.5v
Installing a new AGM batttery Tuesday. Will keep you updated thanks Mike B



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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Dogsled » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:39 pm

Didn't see any website for the product, e-bay and facebook for a company doing this type work isn't the best reference back to a gaurantee for that kind of money, break down on the road and find out. Ken Heming will send an alternator to your motel room overnight.......and i'm not promoting Ken, I'm promoting service, and years of doing this. Touring bikes need touring bike service people like Ken who are there to back you....Where is this alternator rebuilt.....Asiand or Mexican......no business from me. I'm curious of the rebuild source.....

Always looking to expand my resources and I really didn't want to read personal reviews....a lot of background on the business would be nice.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby rogerg55 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:56 pm

Supposedly not rebuilt. All new parts but we'll see.

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby rogerg55 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:01 pm

I understand its a delco remy cs121 with a gl1500 front mount

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Dogsled » Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:03 pm

What it is is not the issue. Who's gonna warranty it is.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby rogerg55 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:16 pm

I only asked help for here not criticism. And gave My results.

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:14 pm

I don't see his question as criticism , but as the same questions I would ask too, who do you go to for warranty work if on the road ? What kind of back ground do they have ? Will they be in business next week, month, year ? I travel alot, and can not afford to be broke down 100, 250 or 500 miles from home waiting a week while I ship them my alt and they rebuild/repair it, and then ship it back.
I am not sure who "Ken" is, but it sounds like he gets it, and with that kind of service and belief in his product, he will probably be in business next year and beyond. THAT is more important to me than a few bucks saved up front. I am more than happy to pay more up front for quality & service.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby rogerg55 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:01 pm

I guess that's why I'm rebuilding my original to carry as a backup.
Only time will tell. p.s. I did speak with Mr. Hemings.

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:06 pm

Glad to hear you are keeping a back up. Am I to assume you will carry this when traveling ? I like that idea and may do the same, will have to give that some thought. . . .

you say you spoke to Mr.Hemings, is that the "Ken" spoke of earlier ? I do not know of this person, does he have a webpage ? Do you have a link to it if he does ? Thanks.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby rogerg55 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:12 pm

Yes an good Reputation from what I've heard.

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby redial » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:40 pm

For "Ken's" website, check this out:
http://myplace.frontier.com/~hemi-roid/

It is bookmarked for me.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:16 pm

Thanks for the link Redial. . .
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby MikeB » Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:45 am

rogerg55 wrote:Installed a new LActrical alternater last night. Old one had one lower shoulder bolt 2-8mm bolts on top. Put 3-8mm bolts in bolted up perfectly" per MikeB".
It comes with one wire. Put a one wire connector in so when I rebuild my original it will plug in.
Moment of truth. Idle 14.3v. 3000 rpm 14.5v
Installing a new AGM batttery Tuesday. Will keep you updated thanks Mike B

Good to hear Roger. Good luck with the LActrical. It should work out fine. By the way, Ken Hemming would be an excellent source to rebuild or replace your old Alternator. Highly recommended.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Mh434 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:40 am

My results on the LActrical have been the same as the OP's. As far as the alternators themselves, I understand they are brand new Delco alternators, with a specially-built GL1500 nose fitted (the nose appears to be CNC machined, by the way), built in Los Angeles by a specialty alternator building company.

The reviews on LActrical, including their warranty service, have been excellent. All reviews I've found, to date, indicate that the company stands behind their product, and will replace alternators that have an issue.

I see nothing wrong with any of that.

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby bstig60 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:21 pm

Is there a website for these guys?
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby bstig60 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:48 pm

Found them on Amazon.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby rogerg55 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:51 pm

Thanks MikeB and Mn434. Nice to here something positive .

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:51 pm

I agree, it is nice to hear a few or more positive reviews.

I did not mean to sound like I was saying they are bad, do not mean that at all. . . I was just saying I would be asking these questions of ANY builder.

From the sounds of it, I will be using these guys this tax season when I plan to upgrade the charging system on my bike, as a preventative measure. I will get my alt checked out by a local builder and "shelf" it for emergencies, and to carry with me on longer trips, JUST IN CASE.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Dogsled » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:02 pm

No dis Bstig, but where does one get hold of them when a problem arises???? Amazon?? Just beware of someone telling you everything is ne and the mating parts are CNC'd for the mate.
As long as you are getting written warranty on the new product and outside work guaranteed with no hassle return, how can you argue.........Please post the full written warranty if you can copy and post it.
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Re: update "alternator"

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:22 pm

Dogsled wrote:No dis Bstig, but where does one get hold of them when a problem arises????


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Re: update "alternator"

Postby jfrank » Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:01 pm

Let me give a recommendation for Ken Hemming.
I had a failure on my original 96 SE alternator. I made the big purchase of the $400 Compufire alternator. It worked for several years. Now, my bike is not loaded with lights and add ons. Anyway, the Compufire failed. I found I had no warranty thru the vendor. I was instructed to communicate with Compufire. Now this is a well known New England Goldwing aftermarket vendor.
I knew of Ken Hemming from various Goldwing websites. I communicated with him and purchased a replacement rotor, which he had me verify as the most likely failure point. I installed the replacement and was back up and running. No balance problems to deal with as I had with the Compufire.

Ken does good work and knows his stuff. What else do you need to know but his phone number and website?

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby jenagle » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:56 pm

I've been reading about all the alternator possible problems, and am wondering how often do they fail. I bought my 1500 two months ago, and haven't had a bit of trouble with it. Should I expect some?

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby hugger-4641 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:11 pm

All alternators are eventually going to fail, I don't care what vehicle they are on. Brushes, diodes, bearings, etc. are only going to last a certiain number of hours in use. That said, most alternator failures I've heard of on Gl1500's have been near or after the 100k mile range. Even the late 90's models which are known to have quality issues still tend to get near the 100k range before they fail, not all, but most. If your bike is near that range and still has the original OEM alternator, it's a safe bet you are getting near to an alternator failure.

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Re: update "alternator"

Postby Mh434 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:44 pm

Dogsled wrote:No dis Bstig, but where does one get hold of them when a problem arises???? Amazon?? Just beware of someone telling you everything is ne and the mating parts are CNC'd for the mate.
As long as you are getting written warranty on the new product and outside work guaranteed with no hassle return, how can you argue.........Please post the full written warranty if you can copy and post it.

The CNC-machined nose comment is from my own personal observations, of my own LActrical alternator that I just installed. I guess you can say I'm full of it if you want, but I'm pretty familiar with machining aluminum, as I do a fair bit myself.

As you others to "beware of" my observations, I take it you've closely examined one of these alternators...




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