Alternator, Fuse and Wiring


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MitchW
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Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby MitchW » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:15 pm



Hi All,
I'm a long time reader but first time poster. I have just bought my first Goldwing......1996 GL1500A with a trailer and it's beautiful.......All accept on the day I bought it, it threw an alternator 100ks from home on a Sunday at 2am which meant a very expensive tow.

I have read quite a few of the post regarding the aftermarket alternators and have decided on a Lactrical 95amp unit.

Where I am getting stuck with all the information is in the wiring and fuse.

I want to add heated seats, a headlight upgrade to H4 bulbs and 35w driving lights......... Given that this is a stock bike apart from these additions, Do I need to upgrade the main fuse at all? Do I need to upgrade the battery to alternator wire at all?

Just as an aside........Is Seat heating a retrofit item or do you have to replace the whole seat?

Thank you in advance.

Mitchell



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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby NVSB4 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:28 pm

First, welcome to the forum.
Second, congrats on the new 2 you Wing.
On the alternator, I just replaced mine with the same one.
I had already replaced my battery with an AGM, and that is the only thing that I've heard should be done.
I wouldn't worry about the fuse right now, it's only going to blow if you really get it overloaded and you aren't close to that point.

If/when you upgrade your lights, go with the HID headlights and LED driving lights. They even use less amps than stock.
As to the heated seat (you do have to replace the whole seat) and anything else that you add, that's one reason you put in the higher amp alternator isn't it?
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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby MitchW » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:37 pm

What is the benefit of HID over H4? isn't there more buggering around with HID? Please be away that I am an electrical imbecile. Given that, will my Goldwing dealer complete these mods happily, albeit expensively?

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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:20 am

HID is at least Twice to light of any H4 bulb at less than half the power requirements. Hid kits are usually plug and play with very good instructions for the DIY user. Heated elements can be added to your existing seat, I did my own from scratch. If I can find a source for the resistance wire I can build you one too. Just requires peeling the seat cover off and restapeling it back on, hooking up the wires to a switched power source.
Read the how to section for articles on the HID conversion . 8-)
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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby MitchW » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:23 am

Could you get me a price to build a heated seat coil please.

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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby NVSB4 » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:06 am

MitchW wrote:Could you get me a price to build a heated seat coil please.


I would think that the shipping cost of the seat to Canada would make this almost prohibitive.
You could probably get a take-off (when someone has upgraded seats) or have a local upholstery shop do it locally a lot cheaper.
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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby MitchW » Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:22 pm

I actually meant just the wiring element and harness.

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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:14 pm

Be patient, I am searching for a source for the materials to build these heated seat inserts. I built one for myself that's has proven to work very well. I will make an announcement when they are ready for sale 8-)
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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:56 pm

What will you need a heated seat for MitchW - you are on the Central Coast of NSW - it would not get cold enough to get even ice in winter would it? Just thinking out loud.. :)

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Re: Alternator, Fuse and Wiring

Postby MitchW » Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:02 am

Nah, when we tour south in the winter, it can get bitterly cold. Even around Barrington Tops. Try it......You'll know what I mean.




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