1996 alternator replacement


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zamboni920
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1996 alternator replacement

Postby zamboni920 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:00 am



Just replaced my stock alternator with 90 amp alternator from EMSGlobal. I had previous issues with charging, lights dimming with low RPM's and engine dying when using reverse. The issues was getting worse, and with the extra el load from sidecar, I decided to upgrade instead of repairing old alternator.
Only tested it for a week now, but the difference is remarkable. Quicker start, stronger lights, faster reverse and it charges steady 14.2 volts at idle .Turned out it was the contacts on old alternator that caused the problems, but now I have a happy bike and a spare alternator. The new one is a bit bigger, but it actually slipped in place easier than the old one came out. Very happy with replacement .
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redial
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Re: 1996 alternator replacement

Postby redial » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:13 pm

Sounds like you are now a happy chappy! Nice looking photos, and your rig looks pretty good as well.
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Re: 1996 alternator replacement

Postby Mh434 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:02 pm

Good job! Those are precisely the results I got from my LActrical 95-amp replacement.

If you don't mind, perhaps you could post a link, price, etc. for the benefit of others here!

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Re: 1996 alternator replacement

Postby spiralout » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:22 pm

Mh434 wrote:Good job! Those are precisely the results I got from my LActrical 95-amp replacement.

If you don't mind, perhaps you could post a link, price, etc. for the benefit of others here!

Almost all of the links I could find for his part number were either European or UK.
The link to the EMS Global site for the 90A 1500 is here http://www.emsglobaldirect.com/product.php?productid=430

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Re: 1996 alternator replacement

Postby gordonv » Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:30 pm

You mentioned that the brushes where worn, but from your pictures, you have a lot of rust/corrosion on that positive connection on the alternator. How much of a problem do you think that was also in not supplying enough power to your bike?

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Re: 1996 alternator replacement

Postby zamboni920 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:10 pm

Mh434.... this is the E-bay link for the one I bought:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/371171575044?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

Redial.... Thanks! Bike happy= me happy :D

Gordonv....Did not check brushes but will when I overhaul the old unit. The corrosion on the positive terminal, and also the condenser, was the issue here. The contact where simply rusted off. Surprised there was any charging at all.

Here is the computer printout of the bench tast performance on the new unit, wich came with the alternator :
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